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Bowfinger/The Nutty Professor/Life [DVD]

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Steve Martin, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski
  • Directors: Tom Shadyac, Frank Oz, Ted Demme
  • Producers: Eddie Murphy, Brian Grazer, Russell Simmons
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug. 2006
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HN31DI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,820 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Eddie Murphy triple bill. In 'Bowfinger' (1999), Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) is Hollywood's least successful director. He figures that the only way to boost his flagging reputation is to make a film with megastar Kit Ramsey (Murphy). However, the only way to get Kit into the movie is to film him surreptitiously, while actors approach him and say their lines. Bowfinger also stumbles upon Kit's movie buff brother Jeff (Murphy again), whom he convinces to impersonate his befuddled brother. Frank Oz directs from Steve Martin's original script. 'The Nutty Professor' is a remake of the 1963 film written by Jerry Lewis and Bill Richmond. Sherman Klump (Murphy) is a shy, overweight chemistry professor who invents a slimming formula which transforms him into the svelte, fast-talking Buddy Love. He can now date his colleague Carla Purty (Jada Pinkett), but when Buddy starts to take over, Sherman risks being lost forever. Murphy plays Sherman, Buddy and five other roles in the film that revitalised his comedy career. In 'Life' (1999), set in the 1930s deep South, conman Ray Gibson (Murphy) teams up with sober bank clerk Claude Banks (Martin Lawrence) when it transpires that both of them owe money to gang boss Spanky Johnson. Sent to Mississippi to collect some bootleg liquor, the pair are framed by the local sheriff for his murder of card-sharp Winston Hancock, and are subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Film-makers often remark that it's just so hard to make a bad picture that few would take on the challenge if they weren't so naive. Steve Martin's Bobby Bowfinger is cut from that pattern, one of those sweet, indomitable operators of Hollywood who seem to be descended directly from Ed Wood (of Plan 9 from Outer Space infamy). To resurrect his ramshackle existence, Bowfinger opts to film his accountant's sci-fi spectacular,Chubby Rain, about aliens invading in raindrops. The snag is he needs to attach action megastar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy), an actor so paranoid he counts the occurrences of the letter "k" in scripts to uncover possible Ku Klux Klan influences. When his effort fails, Bowfinger hits on an ingenious scheme to film Ramsey without his knowledge, throwing his actors at the hapless star whenever he appears in public. Only Kit begins to believe he's being hounded by aliens for real, and runs hysterically to his guru (Terence Stamp) at a Scientology-clone group called MindHead, where people walk around in fine suits wearing white pyramids on their heads. Deprived of his star, yet not to be undone, Bowfinger hires a look-alike, Jiff (also Eddie Murphy), to fill in. The tone of the picture is sometimes flat, rather than deadpan, but that's nitpicking. The farce is quick and engrossing, and populated with terrific performances, especially by Eddie Murphy, whose dual role as Kit and Jiff showcases his character-building gift, and by Martin, whose Bowfinger, part con man and part would-be visionary, manages to capture your sympathies. Heather Graham's would-be actress cheerfully sleeps her way to the top like she knows she's supposed to, and Christine Baranski plays her shopworn method actor with myopic self-absorption. --Jim Gay, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Best trio movie combo. This is a great combination of comedic talent, who would not enjoy these funny and clever movies?
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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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Bowfinger sucks. I tried watching it three times and I kept falling asleep, why you ask yourself, becoz it's boring, too much of a good thing spells trouble and I feel that Mssr's Martin & Murphy are just trying to cash in on their names and not their talent. I didn't like Steve Martin's work much until he gave that knockout punch performance in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" playing alongside Michael Caine. Eddy Murphy was always a favourite until recently. "Life" should have got the death sentence before going into production, it's clearly not one of those box-office successes that brings a whole new life to the cinema or the glamour that was once Holliwood. Nothing pivital rests in the balance of this film's success, Thank God, the "End Of Days" could come and go as with a whisp of air gently caressing your brow in the middle of a hurricane. Eddy's rendition of "The Nutty Pro." and his Co-Co stars, wink wink, a knods as good as a wink to a blind bat, wink wink. I like Eddy's take on the Professor but I'm "Old-School I'm afraid, Fred McMurrey had this character down to a T as far as I'm concerned. Eddy's style is good but a little repetitive for my taste at times and this is one time too many really. The film doesn't really call for attitude, it's a much more gentile a story than to be treated this way. It's a great shame that attitude is used for all characters, especially when it isn't called for, stop going over the top with your performances please Eddy, you're better, or should I say greater than that!
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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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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2006
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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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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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