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"Lights. Camera. Aggravation."

When Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy), used the expression "Showtime" before making a bust, he had no idea that it would end up becoming the name for his new cop show about two cops who work together on the force. The two must work together without killing each other in order to make a successful show, but although Trey is ready and willing, detective Mitch Preston (Robert De Niro) would much prefer to go back to the way things were. The show came about after Preston shot and destroyed a camera while an operator was trying to do his job, only to be threatened with a 10 million dollar lawsuit if he did not agree to do the show.

Even with all the cameras around them, the unlikely pair must still make time to investigate a strange but powerful weapon that has managed to make it to the area. As it turns out, their styles actually compliment each other, and they end up using these advantages to help each other get ahead in the case. In the mean time, the television show has become an overnight success, and the producers are happy with the way their reality show is turning out. After a conversation with an individual by the name of rerun (T.J. Cross), they find out the name of the man responsible for the gun, and track him down to a local nightclub.

The action scenes develop into a flaring rage, as the superior guns are used to attempt a daring robbery that involves an armored truck. There is a heavy shootout between cops and bad guys and Mitch is forced to use the hood of a car to save himself. After the total chaos in the city streets, the action is denounced, and the disaster is all it takes for the powers that be to put a stop to the TV experience. Tom Dey directs this action packed comedy with supporting actors from Rene Russo as TV producer Chase Renzi and Drena De Niro as her assistant.

PG-13
| 2002 | 1 hr 32 min | 5.5/10
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