Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) is a wannabe movie producer/director, on the outer fringes of Hollywood. With the help of a rapidly assembled assortment of aspiring misfits including an ambitious starlet (Heather Graham), an eager nerd (Jamie Kennedy), a has-been diva (Christine Baranski) and a would-be writer (Adam Alexi-Malle), Bowfinger comes up with a unique method to trick one of the world\'s biggest action movie stars, the paranoid Kit (Eddie Murphy), into starring in his (very) low-budget movie, without realising he is actually in it.
 

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There are moments of hysterical comic brilliance, but the film doesn`t quite work as a whole.

Martin actually plays the title character Bobby Bowfinger... a would-be movie director who at 50 feels it`s a now or never time. When his Iranian accountant Afrim - (Adam Alexei-Malle) writes a screenplay called Chubby Rain about aliens arriving in raindrops Bowfinger is ecstatic... he gets tongue-in-cheek agreement from production executive (Robert Downey Jr). to greenlight the project if they sign megastar Kit Ramsey - (Eddie Murphy ) for the lead. Ramsey is suffering paranoid delusions and when the production starts shooting the film around him without his knowledge, the paranoia just gets worse... add to the mix a nerdish Kit Ramsey look-alike called Jiff - guess who ?... and you have moments of hysterical comic brilliance.

There are simply delicious crazily funny moments in Bowfinger but the film doesn`t quite work as a whole - because there`s no grounding in any sort of cinematic reality. It`s just a romp with some fine performances - Eddie Murphy is a major talent, whenever he`s on screen either as Kit or Jiff, the energy level of the film goes up a number of notches... Christine Baransky is elegantly droll as one of the leads in the film who wonders why she never gets to meet her co-star. Heather Graham is wonderful as ever, but you do wonder about the treatment of her character as a newly arrived midwestern girl who`ll sleep her way to any advantage...

David`s Comment:
A surprisingly bitter, and only occasionally funny, script from Steve Martin which purports to be a satire of Hollywood - but compared with Altman`s The Player (which was a genuine satire) this is pretty thin. The best satire, the best comedy, are rooted in reality, and there`s nothing real about Martin`s Ed Wood like character. The laughs come from Eddie Murphy - excellent in two roles. Heather Graham`s good, but her role is conceived as an ill-tempered attack by Martin on his ex girlfriend Anne Heche