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Bowfinger

1999
Comedy
1h 37m
Bobby Bowfinger, a nearly bankrupt aspiring movie producer-director, is about to take one last shot at fame and fortune. Desperate to hit the big time, the hapless dreamer recruits a motley crew of aspiring misfits, including an eager nerd, an ambitious ingenue and an overthe-hill diva. With their help, Bowfinger embarks on a radical, ingenious scheme to trick the biggest name in movies into becoming the star of his ultra-low budget film. (Universal Pictures)
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Bowfinger

1999
Comedy
1h 37m
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Rated 01 Oct 2020
93
88th
Wonderful, farcical comedy starts at a fever pitch and incredibly keeps on building and building, largely thanks to Martin's clever screenplay and a career-best effort for Murphy, who is equally hilarious (and even touching) sending up his own movie star persona, as well as portraying his own dopey lookalike. Perfectly cast right down the line, (Graham and Stamp are also standouts) and handled with aplomb by Oz. Largely limited interactions between Martin and Murphy is perhaps the only odd note.
Rated 01 Dec 2006
69
31st
Pretty funny acutally.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
43rd
That fleeting, magical moment when Steve Martin was funny again.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
37th
Great fun and not an entirely brainless one. This is a seriously underrated comedy that is miles ahead crap like There's something about Mary.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
34th
Would be better if Steve Martin didn't obviously hate being in the movie.
Rated 02 Dec 2022
75
65th
Occasionally cringe, often hilarious. But a wonderful reminder that if you dream big, lie through your teeth, take advantage of the desperate, refuse to pay hard workers, repeatedly invade people's personal space, prostitute yourself, and encourage the delusions of mentally unstable celebrities... you too can make a mainstream movie that sucks needles and launches your career :). Written by the jerk and directed by Fozzie Bear. Eddie Murphy is actually really good in this.
Rated 20 Dec 2008
79
75th
A last best effort for both Martin and Murphy, in yet another ode to the joy and magic of filmmaking. It may be the only movie ever to feature Murphy in dual roles and still be actually funny, and he shines in both of them -- the highway sequence is just hysterical. It takes great shots at Scientology long before it was hip to do so, and the cast is a treat. I hope that this smart and funny script was regarded as a flop isn't the cause for Martin's recent career nosedive. He can still write.
Rated 08 Feb 2012
42
12th
I didn't get it at all. Aside from Rollergirl I was bored out of my mind.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
76
47th
Really funny and enjoyable for all the performances. Eddie Murphy does especially well and creates some really memorable scenes.
Rated 26 Jan 2007
91
85th
Hilarious.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
50
35th
Fairly amusing.
Rated 08 Mar 2007
70
24th
A forgettable comedy featuring two stars that shouldn't be in a forgettable comedy.
Rated 01 Apr 2007
90
76th
Very Funny
Rated 26 May 2007
30
8th
Waste of time.
Rated 13 Jun 2022
50
23rd
Fairly boring. Murphy's Kit character is good, should've been based around a developed version of him rather than spending so much time on the other unlikeable, one-dimensional stereotypes.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
58th
This was funny, in the schlock-humor sort of way. If that made any sense. At all.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
47th
Probably the best Steve Martin film to come out in a while, although I don't think that's saying much. Some good laughs here and there but it has Heather Graham in it and honestly I think she's a pretty terrible actress, which kind of worked out here as her character is a terrible actress. Anyhow, it's an alright comedy with some good laughs.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
46th
it was pretty funny at th eitme i thought but i was really young
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
39th
Some good laughs & a solid idea, all the same i'm left wanting still more. Many of the situations, while clever & amusing, fail to crack me up.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
65th
The absolute hilarity of some of Eddie Murphy's sequences rise above some of the cheap shots of the script.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
64
53rd
Kind of a tame Hollywood spoof of itself and not really the strongest kind of film for either Martin or Murphy, but it's ultimately an okay watch.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
37th
Though funny, it's boring at times. It's not Steve Martin's best, and it never really grabs you, but it's not terrible. Meh!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
58th
While I found the movie draining in some parts, other parts were funny enough to turn it around.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
52nd
Hmmm, I wonder what celeb-obsessive pseudo-religion they're mocking here. Not a great film, but it is fun to try and pick what personalities they are (not so secretly) taking jibes at.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
83rd
Wonderfully goofy comedy. Eddy Murphy and Steve Martin have a pretty good chemistry.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
1
1st
eddie murphy should be ashamed.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
68th
Great comedy that no one saw. Eddie Murphy is brilliant in his dual role, and Steve Martin is perfect as the desperate filmmaker. In the final scenes as the cast watches their film, you can tell what it meant to them.
Rated 04 Feb 2022
55
42nd
Stupid and funny but really, really stupid.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
56th
Fun and light. Steve Martin is awesome.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
82nd
Heavenly God! Heavenly God!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
27th
Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. Why was this movie not better?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
It hasn't aged that well, but I remember laughing my ass off when I watched it when I was 13. One of Eddie Murphy's last non-shameful comedy roles, and Steve Martin playing an entertaining version of his usual character. A very amusing movie about making movies.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
70
15th
Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are always great. This is a slapstick farce. Very funny.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
55
17th
I was really looking forward to this...How could you go wrong with Eddie and Steve? The movie was a lot of fun, but seemed to fall flat for some reason and I can't bother to re-watch it to find out why.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
70
69th
Good
Rated 02 Sep 2007
65
57th
It could'a, should'a been so much better. But it's not awful.
Rated 14 Oct 2007
75
21st
Totally goofy, but has a few laughs. Have a few beers when you watch this one.
Rated 19 Oct 2007
50
29th
Some great silly moments, but largely a waste of an amazingly talented cast.
Rated 19 Oct 2007
90
37th
I was surprised by how funny this movie is. I learned that the female character was based on Anne Heche who Steve Martin had dated
Rated 14 Nov 2007
70
33rd
Surprisingly good and funny. Great to watch after living here in LA. Terence Stamp is awesome & Eddie Murphy is absolutely amazing.
Rated 17 Jan 2008
50
36th
Absurd story. It is not completely terrible. But I believe that here is a beginning of decadence in the career of Martin and Murphy.
Rated 19 Jan 2008
79
61st
I actually enjoyed this...
Rated 19 Sep 2021
60
48th
score based on childhood. anyone ever notice Frank Oz looks like Scatman John?
Rated 20 Feb 2008
79
41st
Surprising enjoyable.
Rated 02 Mar 2008
80
55th
This one is as funny as Bowfinger is sleazy!
Rated 22 Mar 2008
69
59th
Eddie Murphy is amazing!
Rated 05 Apr 2008
89
29th
Very Funny! Could have done a sequel!
Rated 12 May 2008
65
10th
eddie murphy has not been any sympathetic as much as in this movie. good.
Rated 18 May 2008
75
48th
Funnier than you might think. Eddie Murphy was just great, and he hasn't been for a while.
Rated 17 Aug 2008
90
95th
What a classic! Easily the best thing Eddie Murphy's done in ages. but the cast as a whole rule in this! Oh and extra points 'cos I love MIND HEAD
Rated 31 Oct 2008
40
8th
If I remember right, it did have some funny parts at the end.
Rated 18 Nov 2008
10
9th
A sad attempt at something Sellersesque.
Rated 15 Dec 2008
54
20th
When I saw this in theaters, the projector malfunctioned about half way through and we all got to walk out and talk a breather. It was nice.
Rated 07 Jan 2009
68
41st
A cool concept, it worked ok. Big fan of Eddie Murphy in this one. More so playing the actor than the nerd, cause in a way it made me start to think of how Eddie Murphy might be in real life, and that was hilarious. Graham is a babe, and her presence makes many things better. The movie as a whole was pretty cheesy but ok.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
60
13th
Amusing
Rated 24 Feb 2009
70
27th
Not as solid as you would hope for a movie starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, but there are some funny moments that help this out enough to make it worth a once-over.
Rated 12 Sep 2020
60
54th
Highly entertaining and indeed clever premise for a film that is mostly well executed. A lot of fun, even if it does push the boundaries of the ridiculous a little too far on some occasions.
Rated 12 Apr 2009
7
40th
Outrageous movie, but anyone who's made an amateur film would have to love it!
Rated 28 Apr 2009
90
66th
A diamond in the rough of terrible terrible Steve Martin/Eddie Murphy Movies. They can infact still be funny!
Rated 18 Jun 2009
24
4th
What is this movie supposed to be? I was honestly baffled by it. Because in reality, the whole concept is pathetically stupid. I have no idea why Steve Martin would write this, why he and Eddie Murphy would want to star in it, and why critics love this thing. It's not even remotely realistic, funny, or in any way an entertaining commentary or engaging satire on the filmmaking industry. Ok, Murphy is funny as the geeky twin brother of Kit, but otherwise this movie is terribly unfunny.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
41
30th
Not too awful for a Steve Martin film post-1991.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
40
1st
Let me know when Eddie Murphy does a good movie again...
Rated 05 Nov 2009
2
4th
2nd worst cast of characters since predator 2
Rated 04 Dec 2009
80
66th
Possibly my favorite Eddie Murphy movie, and probably my second favorite Steve Martin movie. The jabs at Scientology feel really ahead of their time, too.
Rated 22 Aug 2020
99
89th
LOL :)
Rated 18 Mar 2010
92
90th
Martin was smart, tight, and wonderful. Frank Oz fabulous. Wonderful satire and commentary on the Hollywood system while at the same time featuring one of the best ad placements since Castaway. Murphy and other cast work off Martin well. Very very funny. Many self critical self references in the piece. That Eddie's multiple roles were strong and not over done.
Rated 02 Jun 2010
70
46th
The movie has a funny premise, but it never really pops. It never truly lives up it's huge potential and a great cast. A movie from when Murphy could still be somewhat funny.
Rated 07 Jun 2010
80
67th
What a good comic pairing..should have been rated R and let the actors cut loose a little bit more..could have been a classic but instead its a good comedy film that at times does not deliver and at others goes beyond...
Rated 26 Aug 2010
1
22nd
like many others it was just a free paper thin excuse to see Heather Graham
Rated 01 Sep 2010
75
61st
A silly film that has some good laughs.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
75
37th
Great comedy, totally overlooked. Check this out if you get the chance.
Rated 03 Oct 2010
90
58th
I'm pretty sure this is the last funny movie Eddie Murphy has been in.
Rated 08 Aug 2020
58
19th
Conceptstaysconsistentlyprettyfunnykinda
Rated 20 Jan 2011
54
22nd
thanasis veggos did it first
Rated 08 Apr 2011
77
53rd
One of the last good movies Steve Martin or Eddie Murphy ever made. While the Hollywood satire is a bit on-the-nose, it's funny nonetheless.
Rated 17 Apr 2011
78
56th
I really enjoyed it.
Rated 09 Sep 2011
80
66th
SO UNDERAPPRECIATED.
Rated 04 Dec 2011
90
90th
The jokes hit the spot for me. Eddie was almost at his funniest in my opinion, and with a clever plot and good acting. This was a very fun movie. Welcome to mindhead, K.I.T., keep it together.
Rated 17 Dec 2011
70
58th
Largely underrated broad comedy that uses Eddie Murphy riiight before his career veered off into Norbit land. He's actually pretty great in this film. Sure, it's super '90s, but the circumstances are so ridiculous and the satire so ripe that it works.
Rated 26 Jan 2012
79
61st
"We're not shooting a film, we're making a movie!"
Rated 05 Aug 2020
70
19th
Viewed August 4, 2020.
Rated 18 Apr 2012
64
45th
Without doing the minimal amount of research it would take to verify this for myself, I'm pretty sure this is last decent movie either of them made.
Rated 12 Jul 2012
63
11th
Never being a fan of Steve martin, but a huge fan of Eddie Murphy i decided to give this a go. Too bad this was made when neither of them were funny, and far past their primes. This should have been made in the 80'd. But then the uber hottie heather graham wudn't have been in it. Oh well, cant have em all.Still not a terrible movie, a slight giggle here n there, half decent script, pretty good acting even at points! For the bored nights
Rated 08 Aug 2012
90
93rd
I wish Martin and Murphy were still this funny.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
74
70th
* Casting, Acting : 8 * Script : 9 * Directing, Aura : 6 * Ease of Viewing : 7 * Naked Eye : 7
Rated 05 Feb 2013
76
30th
Enjoyable and quite funny, with a weird mix of believability and unbelievability.
Rated 14 Nov 2013
58
69th
A modern take on After the Fox? Very last scene was absolutely brilliant!
Rated 07 Jan 2024
78
85th
Really enjoyed it.
Rated 11 Aug 2014
75
30th
I was a big admirer of this witty jaunt when I was 10, and am glad to find that I still enjoy this forgotten relic, a touching valentine to Hollywood underdogs and aspiring filmmakers in the form of a lighthearted farce that showcases a model balance of the genuine talent of two veteran comedy greats. Penned by its star Steve Martin, it also sports one of Eddie Murphy's funniest and most endearing performances, elastically and imaginatively creating two diametrically opposite characters.
Rated 15 Sep 2014
38
43rd
There's good ideas here, but this sadly scores too low on the laugh counter to succeed as any good comedy should.
Rated 12 Jan 2015
60
54th
Cute.
Rated 06 Feb 2015
65
62nd
Haven't seen it in a while, but I remember it being pretty good.
Rated 25 Feb 2015
76
69th
Underrated comedy
Rated 17 Jul 2015
55
29th
işlenememiş komedi. yine de apatow'un yaptığı işlerden çok daha iyi, orası ayrı.
Rated 24 May 2016
85
68th
liked it
Rated 09 Jun 2019
90
39th
Some very funny scenes, and a nice story. Some of Murphy's best work.
Rated 13 Sep 2016
99
90th
1
Rated 20 Jul 2017
93
95th
Really really funny, with great acting and a great story. Keep it together!
Rated 14 Aug 2017
63
54th
(Viewed on 04/03/11): Martin's comedic targets were far too obvious for a man with considerable industry experience, but one can't but help go along with the premise in spite of its complete absurdity.Ultimately, it suffers from a misguided sense of its own cleverness. It's really a toothless farce that gets by on the charm of its central players who are well supported by the likes of Baranski. It was probably the last time Martin and Murphy produced some honest laughs too.
Rated 26 Sep 2017
14
43rd
7/7

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