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Bowfinger (Widescreen)

Steve Martin , Eddie Murphy    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
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Filmmakers 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 K's 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

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How does Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) Hollywood s least successful director get Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) Hollywood s biggest star in his ultra low budget film? Any way he can. With an ingenios scheme and the help of Kit s eager and nerdy brother Jiff an ambition and sexy wannabe (Heather Graham) and an over the hill diva (Christine Barahski) Bowfinger sets out to trick Ramsey into the performance of a lifetime. Enjoy the fun with Eddie Murphey and Steve Martine together for the first time in the hit comedy Bowfinger. Spotlight on Location. Feature Commenatary with Director Frank Oz. Deleted Scene. Outtakes. Theatrical Trailer. Universal Showcase. Production Notes. Cast and Filmmakers. Special DVD ROM features. Actors: Christine Baranski - Eddie Murphy - Heather Graham - Steve Martin . Director: Frank Oz. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 97 mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: PG-13. Genre: Comedy. Release Year: 1999.

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3.0 out of 5 stars What went wrong? Aug. 28 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This seemed like such a great premise, which solid talent attached, that I thought it would be a sure thing. It could have been a sharp satire/farce, like an update of "The Producers" for Hollywood, skewering the star system and raising some interesting theories about the _real_ power in Hollywood.
Instead it never quite gels. Even though he's the title character, and is played by the writer, Bobby Bowfinger is ambiguous: is he an underdog dreamer, or a cynical exploiter? Also, if he's never made a movie before, how can he have all these contacts and tricks worked out?
Eddie Murphy goes through another phase of his Jungian Shadow work, in a dual role as Kit Ramsey, the paranoid megastar they shoot the movie around, and the star's schlep brother they use as a body double. Even though Murphy gets second billing, I think he has more screen time than Martin.
It's actually the secondary characters who get the worst of it. Given a little more screen time, there could have been some memorable character bits from the Mexican migrant film crew, the leader of the MindHead organization, the studio exec who gives a green light to a nobody, and Bowfinger's stable of eccentric actors.
I have to wonder if this movie fell fictim to the same point it was trying to make: The big-name stars get the money, the fame and the girls, but in many ways they put the least amount of work into the finished product. It takes a willingness to step down and let the other actors in the spotlight for a scene or two.
That said, there are some inspired bits about Bowfinger's crew stalking Ramsey and microbudget filmmaking (remember, every movie costs $2000 cash). The "Fake Purse Ninjas" mini-movie is worth the price of admission itself (on a Tuesday night, at least.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect movie for a starving artist... June 26 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Bowfinger is the perfect inspirational movie for any starving artist -- because it's all about lying, cheating, stealing, conning, blackmailing, and sleeping your way to the top.
Steve Martin stars as Bobby Bowfinger, a down-and-out filmmaker who's about to call it quits until he finds the perfect screenplay (it's a sci-fi film called Chubby Rain). Suddenly, the only thing standing between Bowfinger and a major Hollywood deal is signing Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) to star.
When Kit throws Bowfinger (and his script) out of his limo, Bowfinger decides that Kit's definitely going to be in the movie -- whether he knows it or not. Without being totally honest with his other cast and crewmembers about Kit's involvement, Bowfinger begins filming around an unknowing star, following him to restaurants, to his tailor, and to his home.
Thus Bowfinger begins creating his masterpiece with a cast of has-beens and hopefuls (including Heather Graham, who plays a wannabe actress who will do anything to be a star, and Eddie Murphy, who plays Kit's body double) and his crew of illegal aliens. Meanwhile, paranoid Kit is starting to think that there really are aliens after him...
Bowfinger has Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, and...Eddie Murphy. What more can any laugh-seeker ask for? Martin's knack for screenwriting -- and a perfectly-hilarious cast -- make this movie a frequently-played part of my collection.
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Format:DVD
I watched this flick recently while sick in bed. It helped pass an otherwise miserable afternoon, and I was grateful for that. It even gave me a few yucks, which I was even more grateful for. But it was hardly a laugh riot, and those who might have expected as much from a Steve Martin-Eddie Murphy pairing are likely in for a bit of a disappointment. It's engaging, but not howlingly funny. Steve Martin does his smarmy bit, but adds a sweet dimension to the mix. Eddie Murphy, in a dual role, gets to do what he does best too (which is, well, multiple roles). The supporting staff, which includes Christine Baranski, Heather Graham and Robert Downey Jr. are all just fine too. But the film never really takes off. The "high concept" here is, as you likely read above, that a Hollywood third-stringer, desperate for a shot at success, tricks an A-list action star into making unwitting appearances in his cut-rate sci-fi flick, CHUBBY RAIN. Of course, complications and downright absurdities abound. BOWFINGER is not an edgy, mean-spirited indictment of Hollywood pretension and hypocrisy. It's a sweet natured flick that makes gentle fun of the entertainment industry in particular and all of us in general. Over all, not such a bad way to while away a sick day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars underrated Aug. 6 2002
Format:DVD
What lifts this film up and makes it not just funny but great is that lurking behind the facade of a light-hearted slapstick about movie-making is a fairly devastating satire of Hollywood and its denizens.╩ So on the surface you've got Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin), B-movie producer/director, using his last $2000 to make the film, Chubby Rain, from a script by his earnest Muslim accountant.╩ Promised major studio backing if he can just secure the services of action-film superstar, Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy), but realizing he's got no chance of doing so, Bowfinger decides to just surreptitiously include Kit in the movie.╩ This leads to some hilarious guerilla filmmaking, in which the other characters from Chubby Rain, to whom Bowfinger has not explained what's really going on, run up and interact with an increasingly bewildered and terrified Ramsey.╩ As we soon learn, Kit's frantic reaction to the dialogue and special effects of Bowfinger's invading-space-aliens film is exacerbated by some significant prior mental problems, which include an obsession with exposing himself to the Laker girls.
Also assisting in the production of the film are : a devious studio prop man, who steals everything from cars to cameras for Bowfinger; a seemingly fresh-scrubbed country girl, Daisy (Heather Graham); a serious, but bad, professional actress (Christine Baranski); Kit's twin, but excessively geeky, brother, Jiff (also played by Eddie Murphy);╩ a gaggle of illegal Mexicans, picked up at the border; and even Bowfinger's multi-talented dog.╩ All add to the╩ mayhem in their own ways.
But meanwhile, Kit turns out to be a member of a cult called Mind Head, led by Terrence Stamp in a funny turn, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Scientology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bowfinger. Its so funny !
Steve Martin are funny again. With Eddie Murphy too, this one is a real treat. Even the dog in the movie, is an exellent "method actor". Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Kurt Olav Helle
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
Martin and Murphy are great in Bowfinger. Heather Graham holds her own. Martin plays Bowfinger as a desperately untalented but somewhat charismatic b movie director. Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by J
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star is too much
I made the assumption that anything with Eddie Murphy is worth watching. Lets just say this movie proved me Wrong! Don't rent/buy/glimpse or wince at this trash of a film.
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Just ridiculously funny, written & starring comic genius Steve Martin,... & also starring another comedic genius in Eddie Murphy!.. Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by Jose Shaffernafferquez
5.0 out of 5 stars EDDIE MURPHY's THE MAN!!!!!
Frank Oz makes another comedy triumph with BOWFINGER as Steve Martin plays Bobby K. Bowfinger, a director with a hot new script and not many actors to fill in. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Michael J. Chrush
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowfinger International Pictures
Wassup, America?! First of all, Bowfinger is a great movie. I love most movies, and this one is near the top. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2003 by "jarule1992"
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious!
This is a wonderful, hilarious movie. I think perhaps I appreciate it especially because I am from L.A. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2002 by skunktrain
5.0 out of 5 stars the funniest!
This movie is HILARIOUS! Steve Martin stars as Bowfinger, a director who needs a hit movie even though he has no resources to actually hire anyone. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002 by momazon
3.0 out of 5 stars Steve Martin Is Fun!
Bowfinger is one of those off beat movies that has some really special and funny movements but overall is not a standout. Read more
Published on June 21 2002 by Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area
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