Showtime

Movies from Film Forum, 03/21/02In last year's thriller 15 Minutes, Robert DeNiro played a cop whose dangerous job was disrupted when the media got involved and made a spectacle of it. This year he's in a comedy called Showtime, but his situation hasn't changed much. Directed by Tom Dey (Shanghai Noon), Showtime matches a tough cop (DeNiro) and a tough-talking celebrity-cop (Eddie Murphy) for the development of a new "reality TV" show about crime-fighting on the streets. They find it hard to get their job done, especially when their acting coach turns out to be William Shatner. Soon, they're on the trail of a gang of crooks, dodging cameras all the while.The movie's general message seems to be: What you see on "reality TV" is not always what you get. Ironically, critics claim Showtime isn't...

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Jan 1st 2002
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