It's tagline being "Lights.
Camera. Aggravation."and the
name Eddie Murphy says what this film is going
to be. "It's Showtime" Sorry
could not resist. This film is an all out two buddy cops.
Silly in places, just like "Beverly Hills
Cop", "48 Hours", and "Lethal
Weapon" etc. but it does not have that same
feel. It is still very good and the movie that has its moments
even if the subject matter is now dated.
The film is a spoof
that sees the two cops with very different approaches
to police work being forced to team up on a new reality based
TV. cop show. Mitch Preston,
played by Robert De Niro, is a cop on the edge, who
does not like being blocked and looses his temper
very easily. Eddie Murphy playing Trey Sellars,
a cop who wants to make it into the Movies and is irritating
and does any think to get on TV. Both are set to
become partners as a bust goes wrong and the two are
picked as the candidates for the show by the show
producer Chase Renzy's played by Rene Russo.
The film has some very good stunts in it and has
some very funny comedy moments as the rip off all
the real TV. Cop shows and shows like COPS.
The Plot dated and a
bit behind the times. It is still very
interesting and easy to follow, for some strange reason.
Even thought the film has action violence, bad language and some drug
content, it is not all that bad for the
family. The bad language is used well and not
just put in for the sake of saying an expletive, the
action has to be in it and well the drug part is no
worse than you see in the "Bill".
Even the big names dose not make this a very
spectacular film. Over all this film is not
ground braking, sensational or even provocative, it
is just what it is a Action / Comedy Spoof Cop
Movie. I have to say 3 out of 5 for this
film! A very average film.
first credits only:- Robert De Niro as Mitch Preston,
Eddie Murphy as Trey Sellars,
Rene Russo as Chase Renzi, Pedro Damián as Ceasar Vargas,
Dante Beze as Lazy Boy, Ken Hudson Campbell as Ken Hudson Campbell,
Frankie Faison as Captain Winship, William Shatner
as Himself, Nestor Serrano as Ray, Drena De Niro as Annie,
Linda Hart as Waitress
T.J. Cross as ReRun, Judah Friedlander as Julio, Kadeem Hardison
as Kyle and Peter Jacobson as Brad Slocum
Jorge Saralegui (story) and Keith Sharon (screenplay)