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by Ryan Arthur

"*Every* movie is made for $2,184."
4 stars

There's a method to Steve Martin movies. As a general rule, if Martin wrote the script, it's a funny, smart film. If he didn't, well, it's a crap shoot. Luckily, Martin wrote this. And it shows.

The Jerk, L.A. Story, Roxanne, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid...Steve Martin wrote them all, and they're all smart, funny, sweet films. The Jerk's a comedy milestone that even Stanley Kubrick liked. L.A. Story was a too-hip-for-some love letter to a city, Roxanne was a smart retelling of Cyrano De Bergerac, Dead Men was the homage to those gangster films. And they're funny.

But put Martin in a, say, an Out-Of-Towners, a Sergeant Bilko, a Housesitter...well, you get the idea. Steve Martin - writer/star=funny. Steve Martin - not the writer=significantly less funny.

Which brings me to Bowfinger. Martin plays Bobby Bowfinger, a down on his luck director/producer who just happens to have the best script he's ever read, "Chubby Rain," in his hands. "Chubby Rain" is an action movie involving aliens living in drops of water, making the drops, uh, chubby. All Bowfinger needs is a star, and this flick will get the greenlight in no time flat. Bowfinger wants Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy).

Unfortunately, Kit wants nothing to do with Bowfinger. He's too busy studying the religion (?) of Mind Head, following the teachings of Terry Stricter (Terence Stamp).

No problem. Bowfinger will just shoot around Ramsey, without Ramsey's knowledge. The other actors will do their scenes with him, he just won't be in on it. It's guerrilla filmmaking. Bowfinger has just the group for it, too, including an aging diva (Christine Baranski, in the best role she's ever had) and a not-so-innocent girl from Ohio who wants to be an actress (Heather Graham, finally living up to Boogie Nights), and a camera operator (Scream's Jamie Kennedy) who gets his equipment by "borrowing" it from the studios.

Ramsey starts to go off the deep end as a result of the weirdass people coming up to him, then goes into hiding, prompting Bowfinger to hire a stand-in, Jiff (Murphy), a dead ringer for Ramsey, except for the braces, Coke-bottle glasses, and the fact that he's as dumb as a post.

Bowfinger boasts a movie within a movie plotline (which can work against it at times), and slams at Hollywood and the industry, as well as supposed vanity religions (perhaps a veiled reference to Scientology, which Martin has denied). It also has Martin's best role since L.A. Story and Murphy's best role since God knows when.

Drags occasionally, but on the whole quite enjoyable. Smart script.

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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

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  Steve Martin

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

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