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Bowfinger [DVD] [1999]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2003
Not all of Eddie Murphy's post Beverly Hills Cop movies have been much to write home about, but this movie is a definate exception.
Much to my partner's dismay, I found myself laughing uncontrolably whilst on a flight to Portugal, disturbing other passengers - at the slightly un-PC misuse of the enthsiasm and naivety of the lead character's twin brother - in the making of the budget movie which is central to this story.
Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Heather Graham (and in fact all the actors in the key roles) play their parts to perfection in this movie. Look out for highlights such as filming on the freeway, red stiletto's in the car park and starlet bed hopping.
This is one you can watch again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 November 2006
Bowfinger was made in 1999 and Steve Martin hasn't made a decent film since, which is a shame because he is one of the finest comedy actors out there.

This one is a minor classic, a return to 80's form in fact. Martin plays a 3rd rate movie director desperate to get leading Hollywood star Kit Ramsey in his film. Of course he fails, but decides to shoot the film anyway, filming the star without his permission. Eddie Murphy is very good as Ramsey the movie star and as Ramsey the dumb brother who stands in for his famous brother.

Martin put a lot of time into this film as a writer and it shows, because its very funny in places. Sadly Martin seems to have a problem choosing his projects. We can only hope that the wild and crazy guy will make another film this good at some point in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2003
as it says in the title there is only one word to describe this film - FUNNY! Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are amazing, Murphy's character showing just the right amount of emotion and fear at the right moments while Martin just dazzles. Another great plus is Heather Graham and Jamie Kennedy. Both of these, in supporting roles, almost threaten to steal the limelight away from the bigger names. Kennedy's character in particular, as the shy guy who likes to pretened he knows it all is a brilliant stroke of casting genius. The best thing about this film is the way all the cast pull together to make this film as good as it is. If it had been made with just one minor alteration to the credits it wouldn't of worked. As it is, it's an amazingly funny film that you can watch over and over again without ever losing a laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When grasping director Bobby Bowfinger finally finds the 'perfect' script, a cheesy sci-fi story called "Chubby Rain", he decides to put everything on the line and give it a shot.

Gathering together an ambitious young Ohio actress, a melodramatic stage actress and a laid back male hopeful.

Armed with a handful of illegal immigrants for a crew, a tiny budget, and equipment stolen from a nearby studio, Bowfinger lacks just one thing, Hollywood's hottest action star, Kit Ramsey.

Refusing to give up when Kit doesn't take the part, Bowfinger and his crew do whatever it takes to complete the flick - secretly filming Kit without his permission and using his nerdy look-alike brother to fill in for remaining scenes....

Just as it was looking like there was no coming back for the two comedians, Murphy and Martin hit us with this.

It's one of the best satires of the Hollywood machine in years, and precedes the awful Tropic Thunder by nine long years.

There is a lot of fun to be had here. Murphy hasn't been this good since Coming to America, and it's clear that he is having the time of his life. Sadly as of the 29/3/2012, he hasn't done anything noteworthy since.

Martin is back on form as writer and star, but keeps his role very low key compared to the other actors.

Hollywood and Scientology are ripped to shreds, and this could have been a perfect movie, id they had just left out a lot of the visual gags.

It reminds one of Landis comedies from the eighties, and there are some jokes you may miss on the first viewing.

Cruelly overlooked on initial release, this is a movie for film lovers and fans of old school comedy.
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on 27 September 2000
A movie producer, desperate to make his movie, hilariously outsmarts a movie star and gets him to star in his movie without his knowledge. We've all been there. How do you make your dreams come true when no one believes in you ? Or in the case of Bobby Bowfinger ( Steve Martin ) how do you make your dreams come true when you are the next Ed Wood ? Bobby's only hope in the city of angels is to attract movie star Kit Ramsey ( Eddie Murphy ), an egocentric, paranoid man, seeking help for his obsessions from his Scientology guru, Terence Stamp. Bowfinger realises his only chance to succeed is to get Kit to star in his movie without his knowledge. Thus begins a hilarious rollercoaster of the ups and downs of trying to achieve your dreams, while eluding the powers in Hollywood we call Scientology, morals and police. To make matters even more hilarious, Bowfinger hires a Kit Ramsey lookalike for the close ups.
Having spent the first half hour brilliantly setting up his characters and their idiosyncrasies, Steve Martin uses his excellent craft as a screenwriter to keep the audiences involved till the very last frame. This could have been a cliched nightmare of a movie, but it works beautifully on all levels. In Roxanne, Martin beautifully captured the essence of romance and loneliness. In L.A. Story, he captured the essence of superficial L.A. In Bowfinger, Steve Martin captures the essence of an underdog in search of his dreams without the orchestral music and dramatic montages. Eddie Murphy gives his only great performance in the last ten years apart from Nutty Professor ( also available from Amazon and a movie I would highly recommend ). Heather Graham, the superbabe from The Spy Who Shagged Me, is cunning as she is funny and Steve Martin shows why every script he writes takes a whole year of rewrites. It's a joy from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2007
Every time I watch this I find new moments to laugh at, it is, without any argument one of Steve Martins best films. His portrayal of Bobbie Bowfinger, an unsuccessful film director desperate to make a hit movie is brilliant. The ingenious methods employed by Bowfinger to con his cast into believing that mega star Kit Ramsey, played by Eddie Murphy, is taking part in the film they are making will leave you in stitches.
I don't want to use spoilers so it is difficult to say more without giving the game away, just go out and get it you will not be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2011
Bowfinger is, in my opinion, Steve Martin's greatest comedy role. Based on the brilliant idea of a B or even C movie director who shoots a science-fiction movie using a famous but paranoid superstar (Eddie Murphy)who has no idea what's going on but in his encounters with the other unwitting members of the cast becomes increasing deranged. Great support cast of characters including Heather Graham as the new girl in town sleeping her way up the food-chain. Murphy also plays his own nerdy brother who joins the crew a runner and body double.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2003
It is simply one of the funniest films I have ever seen. I was an early fan of Steve Martin, but not really finding his later films that funny, ditto Murphy. It made me laugh for a week ! Still makes me laugh actually just thinking about it. I've seen it about a dozen times since. This is, for a discerning comic film fan, to my mind, one of the best comic films ever made !
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on 21 June 2011
Bowfinger is the only Steve Martin comedy film made since his classic late 70s and 80s films(The Jerk, Man with Two Brains, Dead men Don't wear Plaid, Three Amigos) that you could say is almost as good. Most of his films in the 90s and 2000s have been poor family films and remakes that are not particuarly funny or memorable. However Steve martin can still be considered great thanks to his writing and acting in Bowfinger, his performance in The Spanish Prisoner(David Mamet thriller) and his recent hillarious TV appearence in 30 Rock.
Just like Steve Martin Bowfinger is also Eddie Murphys funniest film since his best films in the 80s(48hrs, Trading Places).
Bowfinger is notable for a good supporting cast including Robert downey Junior, Jamie Kennedy and Heather Graham. Heather Graham is particuarly good as a country girl trying to make the most of her Hollywood oppurtunity.
Bowfinger is an enjoyable and original film that only loses a star because I think it could have been even crazier like some of Steve martins earlier classics.
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Were they really laughing at this film 16 years ago? I watched this on the basis that it was meant to be one of Steve Martin’s funniest films! I was enormously disappointed - I found it utter tosh – sorry but after watching, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Lonely Guy & The Jerk, - all of which I gave a healthy 4 stars as I found them reasonably entertaining with some very witty moments. This one, for me was a 'titanic', it sank without trace. Eddie Murphy is so predictable, unfunny and now totally dated. Steve Martin – not as funny as normal and nor was his script. The rest of the cast were extremely average and did not engage me in the slightest - except for Christine Baranski, whom I did find mildly amusing with her OTT acting and fine set of nashers. IMDb & RT's now rate this a 3/5 movie which I would say is pretty near reality.
Clearly some on here thought it a great film and that's fair enough. Maybe this film has just aged badly, but to be candid, it bordered on plain silly and utterly moderate fare, as far as I was concerned … and so, it’s charity shop here I come with this baby!
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