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May 9, 2015
ITS THE EQUIVALENT OF A MODERN ED WOOD BIOGRAPHY BUT WITH LAUGHS. THE BEST THAT ED MURPHY OR STEVE MARTIN HAVE EVER PRODUCED. NOW FOR BOWFINGER 2 WE HAVE THE OLD CHARACTERS BACK BUT WE ARE MAKING CHUBBY RAIN 2 WITH ALL NEW ACTORS KIND OF A MEN IN BLACK 4 WITH ALL KINDS OF TWISTS AND TURNS
April 18, 2015
i was expecting this to be terribly reviewed, and i'm glad i was wrong. Bowfinger is just hilarious and nothing else.
½ January 28, 2015
Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy have great potential as a comedy team, but it is never fully realized in Bowfinger. It is an entertaining and funny movie in general, but it could have been better.
January 28, 2015
Awful Story , sometimes funny...but rarely
January 18, 2015
Terrific comedy film
January 18, 2015
Like a bridge between Ed Wood and Tropic Thunder, Bowfinger lambastes the film industry while celebrating filmmakers-even bad ones. Rent it.
Robbanflix
Super Reviewer
May 28, 2009
Two great comedy actors teams up in a very good quality movie i would say. Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy with nice perfomances with a perfect level of humor. The story follows Bobby Bowfinger ( movie producer ) in a desperately attemt to shoot a movie with a huge star only that the he must do it secretly around him.. there were actually plenty of funny scenes in this flick and a well written story. So overall this is a comedy which i enjoyed quite alot and nice to see those actors in a success.
½ December 21, 2014
A really unappreciated or even forgotten film that is freaking hilarious.
December 12, 2009
want to see it again
October 27, 2014
After so many years in the business, you have to believe that Steve Martin has experienced every kind of shady dealings and problematic shoots one can imagine. With the film "Bowfinger," he gets a chance to pour all of that experience into the single funniest screenplay he's ever written, a smart and hilarious spoof of the entire movie-making process.

The premise is about making a movie where the star doesn't know they're in a movie is based on an apparently real-life incident in the 1920's, but Martin works it into pure comedy gold. It's a resurgence for the actor, a return to form after a decade of flops and serious dramas that misfired, and Martin gives his best performance in years.

And then there's Eddie Murphy, whose career has had more ups and downs that perhaps almost anyone, at the top of his game here. He plays himself, and his twin brother, but it's wonderful without all the gimmicks, make-up and fat suits. He's great in both roles, some of the best work he's ever done partly because the script brings out the best in him but mostly because this project is such a perfect fit for his comic gifts.

There are a number of wonderful, laugh-out-loud moments here, most notably Murphy's scene on a very busy freeway and Martin quite literally rounding up his cameramen, but the film is genial rather than mean-spirited. Industry people will laugh knowingly, but it's definitely accessible to laypeople as well. "Bowfinger" is as clever as movies get, a riotous and good-hearted spoof with two very funny lead performances.
September 15, 2014
A very funny satire of Hollywood, filled with inside jokes and laugh-out-loud humor.
September 12, 2014
Kept getting better as it went along and the ending alone raised it half a star. Might be Eddie's last good live action role to date.
September 9, 2014
This was made when Eddie Murphy was still relevant and still funny. Both him and Steve Martin, along with the rest of the cast is great. In the age of reality entertainment, this film feels more relevant than ever before. A very funny take on Hollywood!
½ September 5, 2014
The brilliance of Bowfinger is twofold - one, it's premise is awesome, and two, Steve Martin's screenplay is able to extend it all the way through into unexpected and hilarious places. It playfully pokes fun at filmmaking and Hollywood culture, with even some laughs tossed Scientology's way for good measure, and is among the better parodies Hollywood has made about itself. Plus, it features a great double performance from Eddie Murphy, serving a nostalgic reminder of the days when he was a magnetic presence.
½ May 7, 2014
In one scene of the film when Steve Martin was trying to get Eddie Murphy into his movie, but was declined. What if this movie is the movie that was being filmed and Murphy said no to it, but had no idea he's in it?

The two comedians are a good match to boost up the laughing level, but this opportunity was unfortunately squandered. Martin portrayed a desperate director, while Murphy portrayed both a dork and a paranoid actor. An opportunity between these could've gone for a better way. Although, they did do their jobs to make their audience laugh sometimes throughout the film.

Also, the film defined an intriguing, new concept of filmmaking with a storyline that was interestingly enough to go to this film, despite parodied the latter topic. With some laughs and a new take on filmmaking, it's still an enjoyable comedy. (B)

(Full review coming soon)
½ February 13, 2010
(First and only viewing - In my early twenties)
½ August 4, 2014
they should have just made fake purse ninjas instead.
July 17, 2014
Not overly memorable, but it has a few good moments.
July 3, 2014
I think it was a beautiful lie.
December 6, 2009
Good cast severely under deliver
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