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Showtime | 2002 | PG-13 | - 3.5.6

An all-business, no-nonsense police detective (Robert De Niro) is teamed up with a frustrated LAPD patrolman (Eddie Murphy) who dreams of becoming a Hollywood celebrity. They are cast in a police reality show by a powerhouse producer (Rene Russo), and playing for the camera frequently gets in the way of their real police work. Also with Frankie Faison, William Shatner, Mel Rodriguez, Perdro Damian and Drena De Niro. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman kisses a man and hugs another man. Men and women are shown dancing in a nightclub; they wiggle their hips and shimmy. A man lies on a bed talking to two women (the women stand on the sides of the bed -- there's no sexual suggestion). We see a few posters of women in thongs with their buttocks exposed. A man is bare-chested with no shirt. A woman wears shirts that reveal cleavage and part of her bra, a woman wears a dress that reveals her cleavage, and many women are shown in dresses that expose their cleavage, bare backs and shoulders. A woman wears a tank top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. There's some sexual innuendo with women lusting after a celebrity and a man makes a reference to having done some "light" porn. There are some outtakes while the end-credits are rolling and an older man makes a flirtatious sexual remark to a younger woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man is shot and as he falls he punctures the ceiling, which is the floor of a rooftop pool; the room floods washing three men out a window. Men nail a piece of wood over the door of a house and begin shooting at the house with huge guns that tear the house apart; it collapses on a man and a woman who are inside (we see the crime scene later and a body is zipped into a body bag). A group of men shoot up an armored car, hitting the driver (we see him jerk when he's hit). A man shoots the hanging scoreboard in a stadium full of people; it falls on top of a man lying on the ground below. Many police cars are shot at, burst into flames and crash into other cars. There's a car chase involving a garbage truck, a police car and another car; the three vehicles exchange gunfire as they race through an alley, the police car is picked up by the garbage truck's fork, the driver is shot and the truck drives out of control crashing and exploding (the man in the police car climbs out of the window and jumps onto another car below, dangling from the hood). A car is shot at, it explodes and flips (it is not clear whether anyone is in the car). A man threatens two men with a gun, another man pulls out a huge gun and another man shoots at them with his pistol; there's a gunfight and one man is shot in the arm, TV sets are blown to bits and another man runs away. A man is shot and the bullet goes through his bulletproof vest. Two men fight a number of men with punches and kicks; one man is thrown through a window and another is pounded repeatedly in the face by a man who straddles him. A woman is taken hostage by a man with a gun; he shoves her into an elevator. Two men barge through a door with guns drawn a couple of times. Two men threaten each other with guns, and a man runs through the kitchen of a restaurant with his gun drawn and people duck and scream. A cameraman trips over a fire hydrant and slams hard to the ground, a man shoots a van, and a man shoots a press camera. A man is shown in a shark's mouth (it's on TV); his legs dangle while he struggles. A man grabs a woman's purse and runs; he's chased by another man, dangles from a fence, they fall to the ground, one man runs and the other flings a hubcap at him, which hits him in the head. The first man pulls a knife and the two fight with punches and kicks (it turns out the fight is for show). A man shoves a man's feet off a table and yells at him, a man is handcuffed to a fence and he yells and struggles, and two men dangle high off the ground by handcuffs that have gotten hooked on a girder. The dish on top of a TV truck is knocked off and drags behind the truck sending sparks all around. A man drives his car recklessly through a parking garage. Two men practice barging through doors and sliding across car hoods (one jumps and slides off, landing hard on the ground). A camera man falls into a swimming pool, two men yell at each other a few times, two men talk to each other abusively and a man yells at a dog. A dog barks aggressively at a man and bares its teeth. A man plays a video game which requires him to shoot people on the screen and we see bloody patches on the characters. A large bug crawls across a counter in a restaurant.


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LANGUAGE 6 - 4 F-words (one is bleeped and one is mimed), 43 scatological terms, 6 sexual references, 23 anatomical terms, 34 mild obscenities, 5 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations and name-calling.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Undercover police officers are shown making a cocaine buy in an effort to catch the dealers. People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Police work, extortion, community relations, celebrity, TV reality shows.

MESSAGE - Everybody wants to be on TV.

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