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by Erik Childress

"A Perfect Comic Teaming"
4 stars

Bowfinger (*** Ĺ) Ė Say what you will about Rodney Dangerfield, but Steve Martin is the one person who truly doesnít get the respect he deserves. Forget about the recent Father of the Bride movies and the dreadful Out-of-Towners remake and think about some of the comedy gems that he has given us. The Jerk, The Man with Two Brains, The Lonely Guy, Dead Men Donít Wear Plaid, and one of the greatest Ė Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. But where was his Oscar nomination for his inspired performance in All of me? No respect.

And thatís unfortunate because he deserves to belong in the pantheon of classic humorists. From Mark Twain to Woody Allen to Steve Martin is how books about comedy should read, because while mostly known for his crazy antics in front of the camera, heís little known for the writing he does. I donít know if he actually wrote that famous Best Man speech, but it sounds like vintage Martin, who also wrote the fantastic Roxanne in 1987 and the incredibly underrated L.A. Story in 1991. Now comes Bowfinger, which strikes comic gold in the dream casting of Martin with Eddie Murphy, another great comic actor, who also gets underrated in his best works, for the questionable choices of some of his other roles. But choosing Bowfinger is another home run, pulling off too radically different characters with the greatest of ease, and getting big laughs out of both of them. Heather Graham also takes what could have been a throwaway role and gives some bite to it Ė a character that may be based in some part on actress Anne Heche whom Martin dated for awhile before she switched teams. The film is not without its slow points, which while minor, is pretty common in the films of director Frank Oz. But the writing here truly overcomes all, lacing some real zingers at Hollywood, and following through with an original idea. I would have liked to have seen more of the coverage shot by Bowfingerís Ed Wood-like entourage to surround the footage shot in secret and wish there was a little more of what happened after their movie was released Ė but it didnít bother me because, once again, the writing was so good, and Murphy and Martin are so good together.

This is one of the funniest films of the year, signaling once and for all that perhaps Steve Martin will finally get some of the respect he deserves when Original Screenplay nominations come out in February.

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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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