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Bowfinger (Spec) (1999)

Comedy movie directed by Frank Oz

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Quite Dissappointing

  • May 13, 2000
You would think with such mega stars as Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy that this movie would be a laugh a minute. After sitting through this 96 minute video I would wonder if I could count the number of laughs on one hand. Eddie Murphy's two roles in this film are incredibly shallow. The nerdy brother of the film star is quite annoying and the film star just rants and runs. Steve Martin is constantly telling stupid lies throughout the movie which for the most part are unfunny. The movie promotions staff were smart to not waste money selling this movie in the theatre's. It is a fairly dissappointing and avoids my one star rating because1) it is basically lighthearted and 2) just by showing up Murphy and Martin can rouse a chuckle or two. Look elsewhere when renting comdies.

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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 (ofPlan 9 from Outer Spaceinfamy). 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 theK'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 ...
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Director: Frank Oz
Screen Writer: Steve Martin
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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