I was lucky enough to see the new Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy movie more than a week before its theatrical release with over a hundred other movie-fanatical teenagers like myself, but, while their reaction was overly positive, I found Bowfinger lacking.
There were some funny scenes in the movie but my laughter seemed forced. Usually, when I see a comedy with a group, especially a large group, I laugh a lot more. But with Bowfinger, I almost seemed to be laughing just because others were laughing.
The acting wasn't the problem. Steve Martin was the lead character Bobby Bowfinger, a struggling director who finds that his new movie will only get picked up if the hot celebrity Kit Ramsey signs on. But Ramsey doesn't want to so Bowfinger has to find other means to make his film. Martin does a good job his comical style tapers off after a little while. Murphy is the show-stealer but still can't match or even come close to Beverly Hills Cop. He plays both Kit Ramsey and his brother. Kit is a paranoid but successful action star who is caught unknowingly in the middle of Bowfinger's movie. His brother is sort of a stupid, simple guy who only wants to do deliveries and errands for people, and its a shame he wasn't in the movie more because his scenes are the best. Unfortunately, almost every scene he is in has already been seen in the theatrical trailer. Heather Graham is the upcoming star in the movie who basically sleeps with everyone to get her way. Luckily, she did a much better job here than in Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
One of the big problems was that Bowfinger's movie (called Chubby Rain, by the way) ended up becoming a success. Everything about it, including the name, is horribly pathetic, and it would have been funnier if it had ended up being a bomb. That would have given a better reason as to why Martin ends up doing Fake Purse Ninjas, which, by the way, is the best scene in the movie (if you've seen the previews, you can guess why).
Bowfinger has a lot of comical jokes but most are not that funny. Bowfinger was lacking something, such as realism, and just didn't cut it. It marginally hovers closer to two and a half stars than two stars, but Bowfinger could have been a lot better than it was.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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