Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham
Bowfinger: Would you be willing to cut your hair?
Jiff: Well, yeah…but it would probably be better if someone else did it. I’ve had a few… accidents.
Bowfinger (Martin) is a man trying to make a big film with a very small crew and almost zero budget. He comes up with the idea to film action star Kit Ramsey (Murphy) secretly so he can have him in his movie without getting his permission. What he doesn’t know is that Ramsey is already paranoid about people following him, so when he starts to have random people come up to him and say weird movie lines about aliens, it starts to push him over the edge.
I wish Steve Martin did more movies like this rather than Pink Panther remakes and such. He’s much funnier when he’s more subtle. I will always laugh at the disbelieving stare he’s so good at giving, much like the one in the picture above.
This movie doesn’t always work, but as a comedy, its job is to make me laugh, and I did laugh enough to give it a positive review. There are times when you have to suspend your disbelief to a high degree, but with a premise this far-fetched, that’s a given.
The point of the movie is really just to poke fun at actors, directors, producers…pretty much everybody and everything revolving around Hollywood. I think it does that pretty effectively for the most part.
Eddie Murphy is really good, especially as Jiff, the weird, geeky guy they hire as a double for Murphy’s other character, Kit Ramsey. Also, there’s Heather Graham…so…yeah…’nuff said.
10 – 2.1 because even for a comedy it was sometimes hard to suspend my disbelief + .2 for HG – .5 for a lackluster ending = 7.6