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On the verge of bankruptcy and desperate for his big break, aspiring filmmaker Bobby Bowfinger concocts a crazy plan to make his ultimate dream movie. Rallying a ragtag team that includes a starry-eyed ingenue, a has-been diva and a film studio gofer, he sets out to shoot a blockbuster featuring the biggest star in Hollywood, Kit Ramsey -- only without letting Ramsey know he's in the picture.
I haven't seen this movie in ages and I am so glad I checked it out again. I was in hysterics on multiple occasions and it just made me laugh so much.
As Roger Ebert said, this is a comedy where everything works. And it does. Nothing is too silly, nothing is horribly contrived and there's no large plot hole left unanswered. It's an incredibly well made film and has the humour to match it.
Steve Martin is fantastic, as is Eddie Murphy who is side splittingly funny as both Kit Ramsay and his brother Jiff as is all the supporting cast, and of course Robert Downey JR in a kick-ass Buick and Terence motherfuckin' Stamp.
The jokes are hilarious,…
A clever, silly and sometimes biting take on the fringes of Hollywood and everyone around it that is only doing what they are doing 'until'. An outstanding cast hits more right notes than wrong, anchored by Eddie Murphy in a brilliant comedy performance that is sadly looking like his last hurrah. A few lulls are sustained by clever dialogue and a sudden plot twist that takes place at one of the more entertaining group lunches since Reservoir Dogs. It would be nice to see Martin and Murphy work together again but that ship may have sailed. Christine Baranski should win an award for facial expressions.
Never has the story of a man's slow decent into madness been so funny. This film isn't really that good to be honest. It's stupid, it's silly, it's completely over the top. But I love it.
Forget shit like Nutty Professor, Norbit and Jack and Jill, if you want to see an actor play two separate roles in an amusing film watch Eddie Murphy in this. The first character is his highly strung movie star Kit Ramsay. A great creation that probably points a few fingers at Murphy's past as well as his other famous friends in Hollywood and brilliantly played for laughs.
The idea of filming a movie with someone without them knowing that they're the main star (essentially…
Definitely a ridiculous, unique, and entertaining satire of Hollywood. The comedic elements actually hold up plus Martin and Murphy deliver the performances you expect and hope for from them.
A little clever movie about cleverly filming a movie... directed by Yoda and written by The Jerk, comes a pleasant and sometimes surprisingly accurate look at guerrilla filmmaking at it's funniest. Martin and Murphy kills it in their prime.
Recommended if you need a little inspiration to get up and shoot a movie...
(... I also thought that it was funny to see Heather Graham have a topless scene in the movie within the movie without actually showing her be topless in the movie... because when is Heather Graham not topless in a movie...lol jk)
Steve Martin is a very skilled writer. This is an absolutely brilliantly written film with a character arc for everyone, a believable one, personalities for each small character in the film, some even to a hilarious and silly extent.
Bowfinger shows that if you want to make a film, no matter how damn silly it might be, and fuck, Chubby Rain is a silly ass movie, go do it and follow your dream. This may have been Ed Wood's dream film.
The ending is one of the best things ever. It's hilarious and I just can't help but smile. The cast is brilliant, Murphy at top form, don't you miss that too?, Martin is hilarious, Terence Stamp is epic as usual, just everyone is hilarious.
As an aspiring filmmaker, Bowfinger is one of my favourite films. It really is comedic genius.
A smart, fun, silly Hollywood romp that warms my indie filmmaking heart.
Laugh-out-loud funny. Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are amazing together.
Underrated as fuuuuuuuuuuu...
Had never seen this before. It certainly has it's moments of fun, it's very silly which is unusual for such a meta film. However it's far from Murphy or Martin's best, but I'm still glad I watched it.
From The Producers to The Player, there’s no target Hollywood loves to satirise more than itself. This 1999 comedy, now being released on Blu-ray, is no exception, poking fun at everything going on in the film industry of its time through the story of Bobby Bowfinger, an enthusiastic but penniless film producer.
Bowfinger (Steve Martin, who also scripted the film) will stop at nothing to get his alien invasion movie made, even when the star he wants, Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) flat out rejects him. His idea is to have Ramsey star in the movie without knowing he’s in it – by following him around with a hidden camera and having the rest of their cast…
2016 movie viewings, #94. One of the things I realized last week while watching Death to Smoochy, at the request of fellow Letterboxd member @Littleblackbox, is that barring his early work, I've barely seen any Robin Williams films -- only two in the last twenty years, to be specific -- despite his seeming ubiquity in the public sphere in those years; and I realized that that's because Williams largely made mediocre movies in the last twenty years of his career that I had almost no interest in seeing, a weirdly common trait among a whole host of once respected actors who all came of age in the 1970s (see "DeNiro, Robert" and "Pacino, Al" for more). And so too is…
Chubby Rain looks better than some of the actual movies which got released this summer.
Frank Oz’s Bowfinger, from a screenplay by Steve Martin, takes a stab at synergizing the talents of two of the funniest men in showbiz, but the union of Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy does not so much multiply the mirth as fractionate it, not because of any lack of chemistry between these two comic talents, but because the idea of doing a parody of today’s Hollywood movie-making is self-defeating. A more challenging trick would be to make a movie taking today’s Hollywood at all seriously.
Even so, Mr. Martin’s screenplay is surprisingly heavy-handed with the subject at hand. I say surprisingly because Mr. Martin’s previous collaborations with director Oz--Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) , Housesitter (1992)--were…
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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.