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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bowfinger. Its so funny ! July 8 2004
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". The story of Bowfinger, a struggling director, which hope for sucsess is something which we can identified with. And Frank Oz commentary track on the DVD is a mini filmschool in itself. Weel worth the money. Should been a classic !!!.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable June 14 2004
By J
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. Murphy plays two characters. The neurotic Kit and the hopelessly cheerful and naive Jiff. This movie is not the stuff of genius because it tries way too hard to be funny but it is fun and diverting. Several very funny scenes keep things zipping along. Considering Murphy's tremendous talent, its surprising how few really good non-children's comedies he's made. This is one of them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star is too much Feb. 9 2004
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.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! March 27 2003
Just ridiculously funny, written & starring comic genius Steve Martin,... & also starring another comedic genius in Eddie Murphy!.. Seriously, if U like a little slapstick mixed with a bit of an outlandish plot, mixed with Eddie Murphy at his physical funniest, then this will be right up your alley!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EDDIE MURPHY's THE MAN!!!!! Jan. 31 2003
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. Eddie Murphy plays a duel role as Kit Ramsey, the hottest star since James Dean, and his nerdy brother Jiff, who when Kit refuses the script, gets the far-away shots instead.
Murphy with his exaggerated gestures, and stunning wit proves what a comic genius he is all throughout. Although no credit is given, one must wonder if he contributed to the script in any way. Christine Baranski is also great. MAJOR HIGHLIGHT: Sexy doll Heather Graham as Daisy.....YOU GO BABY!!!!! The scenes in which Murphy is chased and harassed by Martin's crew, unknowing that he is being filmed every step of the way are hilarious, and the acting is splendid.
BUY IT!!!!!
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