March 15th, 2002



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A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V. cop show.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.4/10 (29,112 voted)

Critic's Score: 32/100

Director: Tom Dey

Stars: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo

LAPD Detective Sergeant Mitch Preston cares only about doing his job and nailing crooks. LAPD Patrol Officer Trey Sellars joined the force as a day job until his acting career took off. During an undercover drug buy Mitch was working that Trey botched by calling in for backup and drawing media attention, Mitch's partner is shot with a very exotic 12-gauge automatic weapon; Mitch then shoots the video camera out of the hands of a reporter filming the action when the cameraman refused to shut it down. Faced with a $10 million lawsuit, the department agrees to let producer Chase Renzi film Mitch's investigation for a new reality TV show, and constantly tries to make everything more "viewer friendly" by changing everything about Mitch's life to fit the stereotypical view of police officers--and partners him with Trey.

Writers: Jorge Saralegui, Keith Sharon

Robert De Niro - Det. Mitch Preston
Rachael Harris - Teacher (as Rachel Harris)
Eddie Murphy - Officer Trey Sellars
Zaid Farid - Police Captain Ben
Alex Borstein - Casting Director
Holly Mandel - Producer
Marshall Manesh - Convenience Store Owner
Nestor Serrano - Ray
T.J. Cross - ReRun (as TJ Cross)
Mos Def - Lazy Boy
James Roday - 'Showtime' Cameraman
Joel Hurt Jones - Reporter #1
Chris Harrison - Reporter #2
Perri Peltz - Reporter #3
Amy Powell - Reporter #4

Taglines: Lights. Camera. Aggravation.


Official Website: Warner Bros [Germany] | Warner Bros [United States] |

Release Date: 15 March 2002

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,011,430 (USA) (17 March 2002) (2917 Screens)

Gross: $37,948,765 (USA) (27 May 2002)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Finland:  | Spain:

Did You Know?

A Russian SAIGA auto-shotgun that appeared in the film was later heavily modified into Jayne Cobb's "Callahan Fullbore Autolock, with the customized trigger and double cartridge thorough-gage" for the short running Firefly Series. Her name was Vera.

Continuity: The timecodes in the camera that Trey uses change several times.

Detective Mitch Preston: What are you gonna do, wrap me up in caution tape Top Cop ?

User Review

A fun film, and it even has Robert De Niro

Rating: 7/10

I cannot understand why so many people did not like this film. Robert De Niro was on top of his game, delivering his lines with such aplomb, one has to believe this is his everyday demeanor. Granted, the film seemed to take on many buddy-film conventions while trying to make fun of the concept, it goes without saying this film was genuinely funny. From the police dog, to the fact Eddie Murphy didn't annoy the heck out of me, this film is a real keeper. Rene Russo also evened out the rest of the cast perfectly, establishing her role so it does not interfere with the budding relationship between De Niro and Murphy.


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