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Total Crap: 3.45%

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by Greg Muskewitz

"The highlights are in the previews."
2 stars

You can save your money and get a consistency of laughs for free just from watching the five-minute preview. Otherwise, the loosely strung laughs here will keep you in anticipation of more, but you'll be six-feet under before you get the necessary amout of laughs a comedy like this should deliver.

"Bowfinger" is more of a Steve Martin movie than an Eddie Murphy movie. And despite that, although still lacking since the success if his "The Nutty Professor," Murphy is in much better shape than his last two ("Dr. Dolittle" and "Holy Man"). Not to mention the fact that Martin is funnier than his character from this year's remake of "The Out-of-Towners," right about now you might be wondering what was wrong with the film. Case in point: the script itself (written by Martin). For something with such a funny premise, and funny set-up, and actors who know how to be funny (add to the list Heather Graham, Jamie Kennedy, and Christine Baranski), the script relied too much on individual funny scenes instead of keeping the continuity of humor flowing over the course of the film. Example: while filming a scene in which Kit Ramsey (Murphy) doesn't know he's in, they have a dog wearing high-heels chase after him to make him feel paranoid. He can't see anybody following him, but when the footsteps start up again, he continues to be spooked. But what "Bowfinger" does, is that it wastes its ingenious ideas in the previews, and although there are a few hilarious scenes, it's left feeling like something was missing. Maybe they all lost their mojo from being around Powers' girl Graham?

Final Verdict: C-.

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User Comments

1/19/14 Monday Morning Great flick! 5 stars
7/28/08 The Dork Knight One of the worst comedies ever made 1 stars
1/10/08 Indrid Cold A clever idea, but not actually very funny. 3 stars
7/06/07 Total Crap I love the Tom Cruise/ Interview with the Vampire line. This movie is funny shit! 4 stars
2/13/07 johnnyfog pretty weak comedy and not at all funny 1 stars
2/09/07 MP Bartley Sigh...I pray for the day that Martin and Murphy are this funny again. 4 stars
9/01/04 A upton just ok 4 stars
5/13/04 John very funny and entertaining - 5 stars
11/28/03 Samuel pretty funny 3 stars
11/04/03 Charles Tatum Light Hollywood comedy, instantly forgettable 4 stars
7/20/03 R.W. Welch Satirical farce doesn't click all the time but is rather inventive. 4 stars
5/11/03 Andrew Carden Martin Gives A Solid Performance, but The Jokes Are Awful and Murphy Is Obnoxious. 2 stars
12/31/02 John Aster Habig a highly underlooked Martin masterpeice second only to Roxanne 5 stars
3/31/02 Marcia Lartz Persistently stupid but never quite lets you lose interest. 3 stars
11/29/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Bowfinger rocks! 5 stars
9/04/01 Butterbean Had it's funny moments. Especially how Martin "hired" his film crew. 4 stars
8/19/01 Dr. Thompson Eddy Murphy's nerd character was great "Merciful God!" Meh heh eh 4 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa Remember that part that was awesome? That was all of it! 5 stars
7/16/01 Mark White This is the worst movie Eddie Murphy has ever been in, including The Golden Child. 1 stars
7/03/01 Elvisfan Eddie Murphy is an under-rated actor. He does well w/Steve & vice-versa 4 stars
6/23/01 Wannabe Optimistic I really loved this movie. I wish comedic performances were nominated for Oscars at... 5 stars
6/11/01 Phil M. Afficianado Whether it was the cheap wine or the riotous scenes, I had convulsive gigglies. See it. 5 stars
5/13/01 The Moorhen She was from the planet NEON! 5 stars
3/02/01 Cesar if there was funnier,i could say that is good 3 stars
1/18/01 I love movies not that good, movie often boring 3 stars
9/04/00 The Extreaminizer Steve, Eddie, Heather Graham, Frank Oz....What more can you ask? Hilarious Comedy!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/14/00 humbert so very close to being good 3 stars
6/13/00 malcolm oh heavenly god, this movie was funny! 4 stars
5/21/00 Jess Eddie Murphy, Terrence Stamp, Barry Newman, Steve Martin, all awesome. 5 stars
3/25/00 Richard Wright Steve Martin funny again? Quit sleeping with young girls and get a decent script. 2 stars
3/17/00 David Rogers It had funny parts, but they were endangered. 4 stars
1/24/00 arnold this kicked ass 5 stars
1/15/00 Marli It's funny but little bit boring 3 stars
1/05/00 Joel Harwood Not bad 4 stars
12/30/99 Mic Hilarious, witty, satirical 4 stars
11/16/99 JonnyAngel hmmmmmm 3 stars
11/09/99 Ralf Behet Enjoyable. Especially the middle section is pretty funny. 4 stars
9/23/99 JimBob Love ya Laker Girls... Very good.I'm an old fan of E.M.&S.M.but 've been disapnted in past 5 stars
9/15/99 Geoff Wilke terrible, waste of time & money, dumb humor 2 stars
9/11/99 Timbo "I would never take advantage of you" "And I would never betray your trust" 4 stars
9/02/99 Malbert Some pretty funny moments, Eddie Murphy is awesome as always 4 stars
8/27/99 PhilmPhreak Genius! 5 stars
8/26/99 Ami the Wonderbread Martin is a great writer, Murphy was hilarious 4 stars
8/26/99 jvt Amusing enough 3 stars
8/26/99 swilson not consistent, but very funny in parts and Baranski is hysterical 4 stars
8/23/99 rocksolidace o.k. .... nothing special 3 stars
8/22/99 Daelic Seen the trailers? Then you've seen the film. Very mediocre. 3 stars
8/22/99 Wilusa Great movie. Made me wheeze in joy. 5 stars
8/21/99 BoB Boring Nonsense Grade: F 1 stars
8/21/99 Bain almost peed in my pants during the dog in high heels scene 4 stars
8/19/99 ralph roether 3 Bowfinger is really funny....i laughed out loud a lot.....i would recommend it... 4 stars
8/19/99 Admiral Crunch it was funny 4 stars
8/19/99 Geoff The best effort from both in a long, long, time. Go see it. 4 stars
8/19/99 Michael Grimm Great ending, Heather Graham is a slut 4 stars
8/17/99 deb smith mediocre and over hyped 3 stars
8/17/99 Dax Lots of chuckles throughout the flick, and the ending is hilarious 4 stars
8/16/99 Randall I laughed, loved the smart humor, disappointed by the low brow stuff 4 stars
8/16/99 davebo boarder running scene had me cracking up 5 stars
8/16/99 mason funniest movie of its kind ... even better than ed wood 4 stars
8/15/99 Ricky Urena I can't remember the last I laughed so hard watching a movie. 5 stars
8/14/99 Bob, Lord of Evil Third funniest flick of the year. Pissed myself at the end.... 5 stars
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  13-Aug-1999 (PG-13)



Directed by
  Frank Oz

Written by
  Steve Martin

  Steve Martin
  Eddie Murphy
  Heather Graham
  Johnny Sanchez
  Ramiro Fabian
  Robert Downey Jr.

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