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Bowfinger Reviews

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November 9, 2014
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 August 24, 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 August 16, 2014
(First and only viewing - In my early twenties)
½ August 4, 2014
they should have just made fake purse ninjas instead.
July 22, 2014
Not overly memorable, but it has a few good moments.
July 3, 2014
I think it was a beautiful lie.
June 27, 2014
Good cast severely under deliver
May 14, 2014
I just really did not enjoy this movie at all.
½ May 4, 2014
Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are at the top of their game in this hilarious comedy. Eddie Murphy stars in dual roles as a hot shot actor and a awkward outcast. Steve Martin stars as a wannabe director who hires a look alike actor 2 star in his new movie. One of the best films of 1999.
April 16, 2014
A group of wanna-be filmmakers and actors concocts a scheme to make a movie with a major star without having to pay him in this comedy. Bobby Bow finger (Steve Martin) has struggled for years to make it in Hollywood with no real success; he's convinced that he has to make his big break soon or it will be too late. This movie was a bit like that movie ED wood if the movie that the main character was making was good, This movie has it's funny moments with Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin.
½ April 16, 2014
One of the best ''intellectual' so called comedies of the 90's and probably one of steve martin's best movies. Entertaining script, good soundtrack and editing and a great directing by Frank oz make of this movie a 'must watch' for moviegoers with a more serious view about comedies..
½ April 7, 2014
A parody/commentary on what was then modern film-making (and yet is still also modern film-making) that's so spot on it's both saddening and hilarious.
½ March 27, 2014
Funny movie, great chemistry between Martin and Murphy.
March 20, 2014
Steve Martin e Eddie Murphy funcionaram muito bem em Bowfinger. Ótima sátira do mundo de Hollywood. Grande comédia.
½ February 28, 2014
I wanted to like this film a lot more than I did, but for what it is, "Bowfinger" is an entertaining film, and a step up from later output from stars Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin.

I think I really wanted to like it, because at the top of their games, both lead stars and director Frank Oz can create outstanding comedy films. But this has a few flaws, particularly from Murphy. His portrayal of paranoid Kit was vintage Murphy, but his portrayal of Kit's brother Dave was full of over-the-top acting and stereotypes, something that plagues Murphy's many dual-role films.

Other than that, a supporting cast that includes Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Terrence Stamp and Robert Downey Jr added weight to this film. And it was a great parody of Hollywood arrogance.

Fun film, but misses it's potential.
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