Showtime is an action-comedy movie in 2002 which stars Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro. Tom Dey directed this movie which is distributed by Warner Brothers.
The movie revolves around two police officers, Trey Sellars (portrayed by Eddie Murphy) and Mitch Preston (portrayed by Robert De Niro), who are teamed up together for a reality show about cops, but eventually run into real police mission. The start of the story sees Police Officer Mitch Preston fires a shot at a news camera following an unsuccessful real police operation with a drug dealer. Maxis Television, the television network which hired the cameraman, opts to sue the police department where Mitch Preston is assigned for $10 million. However, there is one way to get out of the lawsuit, which is if Mitch decides to star in “Showtime,” the reality show about cops, with the camera-friendly Police Officer Trey Sellars as his co-star. The two drives one another crazy. However, their incompatible sensibilities are excellent for the reality show, as their newfound prominence has its benefits in getting them back on track to chase real crime lords.
The film was chosen for two Razzie Awards, such as Worst Screen Couple Award and Worst Actor Award, hence, it was a failure at the box office. The movie only earned $39 million abroad and only about $38 million in the United States.
However, several movie enthusiasts say that the performance of Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro was excellent. Some funny acts in the movie were quite vulgar, but the two actors have done an excellent job to make the movie very funny.