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Bowfinger (1999)



Critic Consensus: A witty commentary on modern film-making, with enough jokes to keep it entertaining throughout.

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Bobby Bowfinger is a shameless wannabe film producer, who is desperate to break into the Hollywood big-time in spite of the fact that he's broke and unconnected. His plans are thwarted when he is unable to land Hollywood's hottest action star, Kit Ramsey for the lead roll in his movie. Undaunted, Bowfinger decides to make the film with Ramsey anyway, except that Kit won't know he's in it. Determined, Bowfinger and his motley crew surreptitiously stalk their unwitting star through the streets of Los Angeles. They film Kit's every move and trap him in scenes he doesn't know he is in, turning Kit's life into a paranoid nightmare, as Bowfinger's crazy schemes become more and more outrageous.

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Steve Martin
as Bobby Bowfinger
Eddie Murphy
as Kit Ramsey/Jiff Ramsey
Terence Stamp
as Terry Stricter
Robert Downey Jr.
as Jerry Renfro
Barry Newman
as Kit's Agent
John Prosky
as MindHead Executive
Michael Dempsey
as Camera Security Guard
Walter Powell
as Federal Express Man
Phill Lewis
as Actor at Audition
Marisol Nichols
as Young Actress at Audition
Nathan Anderson
as Clothing Sales Clerk
Brogan Roche
as Renfro's Executive
John Cho
as Nightclub Cleaner
Lloyd Berman
as Camera Store Clerk
Zaid Farid
as Kit's Limo Driver
Aaron Brumfield
as Kit's Bodyguard
Kevin Grevioux
as Kit's Bodyguard
Kimble Jemison
as Kit's Assistant
Alex Craig Mann
as Studio Executive
Laura Grady
as E Channel Interviewer
Reamy Hall
as Farrah
Michelle Boehle
as Laker Girl
Kimberly Baum
as Laker Girl
Megan Denton
as Laker Girl
Janet Jaeger
as Laker Girl
Hope Wood
as Laker Girl
Addie Yungmee
as Laker Girl
Andrea Toste
as Laker Girl
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Critic Reviews for Bowfinger

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34)

Entertaining, great actors but not a home run.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The best thing about Bowfinger is the way the script by Steve Martin is tooled to his own and Murphy's comic strengths.

February 2, 2009 | Full Review…

This is enjoyable but thin, which is no doubt what was intended.

February 27, 2008 | Full Review…

Preposterous and utterly self-absorbed, this has la-la land down to a tee.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Martin the writer plants some wicked barbs in Hollywood's rear end about creative financing of movies and hoarding of profits, the art of the deal, hipper-than-thou attitudes and exploitation.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is his first screenplay since L.A. Story, yet you get the sense that Martin has lost some of the artistic aspiration he once brought to the movie business. This effort feels like it's just business.

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bowfinger

"Bowfinger" embraces the horrible things that have always come from Hollywood, from the scams to breaking the law, and displays them in a very comedic way in this film, making a film that is clearly going to be terrible from the beginning. Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin shows their true acting talents here as Martin's character runs around the city trying to film Murphy's character to make a film with him as the main star. Things conveniently fall into place and some scenes feel bit easy, but in the end the film is a blast to watch and it really made me laugh a lot. It's not the greatest film in the world, but if you are a fan of films, you should have a blast watching this. The director had an eye for detail her and the screenplay is genius. "Bowfinger" is great!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Bowfinger is a terrific comedy film. Steve Martin delivers a great performance. I'm usually not a big fan of Eddie Murphy, but in this film he truly is hilarious and gives one terrific performance. A unique comedy, Bowfinger is different from other comedies. The humour is smart, and the acting is great. Which is something that won't appeal to many film viewers, but to those who love this type of humour, give this film a view. The films story is very original, and Martin and Murphy give hilarious performances.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I actually think this is a great movie, it's Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy at the top of their game. Neither have made a better movie since, only making this look like even more of a gem. The movie within a movie aspect is done perfectly, I almost want to see a full version of the horrendous-yet-hilarious sci-fi epic they made. I think the shameless nature of a lot of the characters makes it a lot more realistic and likable than it might have been if they were good people.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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