Bobby Bowfinger is a failing director who hopes to cast arrogant action movie star Kit Ramsey in his latest film, one he hopes to be a blockbuster hit. When Ramsey refuses to be in the film, Bowfinger doesn't want to let his fellow actors down, hoping to secretly film Ramsey in public and let the actors perform their lines in front of him - just his reactions are enough to give him a solid character. Bowfinger also strikes gold when unknowingly casting Ramsey's nerdy younger brother as a stunt double, gaining more connections and running into more trouble as the film goes on.
Bowfinger fails to deliver on its inventive, seemingly bold and fresh story, which really matters for this film. It seems good at first mention but proves to be odd, a little confusing, and doesn't know where it's going next. It almost feels like some parts are left out before quickly going to whatever is happening next. The stressed behind the scenes mean spiritedness, for me, gave the film just that: an unenjoyable, overly rushed stressed atmosphere. I typically love Steve Martin but his performance in this wasn't as good, and his character was unlikable. Eddie Murphy delivered more than Martin, who gets a lot more screen time and even wrote the film. The "movie behind a movie" plot always seems captivating at first glance but sometimes isn't what it seems to be - Bowfinger looks great at first glance, with the poster almost even promising great chemistry between Martin and Murphy, but really disappoints.
Also great choice for music.
Eddie Murphy is superb, especially as Jiff. He plays the character so sweat and warm, really demonstrating some great acting chops along the way.
Heather Graham was at her (brief) peak before she descended into terrible straight to DVD movies.
Steve Martin is the main focus and gets some great moments and jokes, but doesn't really feel quite like the heart of the film. That's more the cast around him.
Christine Baranski plays the very likeable Carol, and clearly enjoys showing off Carol's terrible acting.
And the always entertaining Terence Stamp eats up his screen time in a way not seen since Superman II.
Don't think too hard about the plot, just enjoy the ride, as well as the film within a film: Chubby Rain.