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The Diva's
'Bowfinger' Review

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Bowfinger (1999)
Rated PG-13; approximate running time of 98 minutes
Written by: Steve Martin
Directed by: Frank Oz
Starring: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Jamie Kennedy, and Adam Alexi-Malle
Genre: Comedy


The Digest Steve Martin plays Bobby Bowfinger. He is a ne'er do well, wannabe director. He is given a script by a friend and is convinced that it is the best script he has ever read. The movie to-be is called "Chubby Rain" it's like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" except the aliens enter your body through rain. Well Bowfinger just has to make this movie. So he cons his way into a lunch meeting with a producer. The producer tells him if he can get Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) to play the lead role, he will make sure that the movie is distributed. And so begins the biggest con game ever perpetrated in Hollywood since somebody convinced that town that Kevin Costner could act.

Enter Kit Ramsey. Kit is the hottest action hero in Hollywood. He is also a huge prima donna. He is paranoid and bitter that he hasn't won an Oscar. In fact according to him, the only way you can win an Oscar in Hollywood is if you are playing "someone white and retarded or a slave" (close to the funniest line in the movie).

Bowfinger knows he'll never get Kit to star in this movie, so he decides to shot the movie around him. He has his actors go walk up to Kit and speak their dialogue as Bowfinger films it from a distance. What Bowfinger doesn't know is that Kit has some serious mental issues. He already believes that aliens are out to get him so with the actors walking up to him and talking "Juputian or Jupinese" he is going nuts.

The Dish

Lost yet? If you are, I wouldn't blame you. This is the primary problem with the movie. It's a little hard to follow what's going on. Sometimes it moved really slow and other times it was almost madcap. Eddie Murphy as Kit Ramsey is way over the top. Annoyingly so. But Eddie Murphy as Kit's body double "Jif" is hilarious. As Jif, is a few fries short of a happy meal and extremely naïve. Eddie and Steve both show their comedic genius with Jif. Eddie in his portrayal and Steve in his writing, (he wrote the script). If Eddie had been able to play Jif the entire movie, I would have loved this film. As it were, I chuckled throughout most of the film when I should have been on the floor rolling. Although I'll tell you the last three minutes of this movie had everyone, including this Diva, on the floor. It is hands down one of the funniest scenes on celluloid to date.

There are some things in this movie that just won't wash. But I don't want to give too much of the movie away. But it has to do with "Chubby Rain" . I got over it once I remembered to suspend belief and once I remembered that it is Steve Martin, after all.

I would strongly recommend this movie to anyone who loves Steve Martin and has been waiting for him to return to the days of "The Jerk". This is clearly his best work since then. As with any Steve Martin vehicle, you have to pay attention because there are lots of little things you'll miss. Like the fact that both of Eddie Murphy's characters are named after Peanut Butter. (That alone made me crack up when I realized it.) Christine Baransky was excellent as an "almost Diva" and Heather Graham was surprisingly funny.

The Directive

Let me warn you; This is not an Eddie Murphy movie. It's a Steve Martin movie. I don't have a problem with that. I like Steve. BUT if you are not a fan of his and are expecting this to be classic Eddie, you might be disappointed.


Steve Martin fans will get a kick out of this one! Eddie Murphy fans probably won't

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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 1999
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