Retro Review: Bowfinger

Bowfinger marks the return collaboration of Steve Martin and director Frank Oz who brought us “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.

Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) is a down on his luck director who becomes so desperate that he comes up with a plan to get a huge Hollywood action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) into his film.

His plan is to film Kit Ramsey in the streets as he sends his actors in with their lines. But when the star disappears, he is forced to cast a dim-witted delivery boy as the star.

Martin’s struggle with Hollywood seems to be evident in his character of “Bobby Bowfinger”. Bowfinger knows the Hollywood dream so well but has never tasted it.

He yearns for the day that the “Fed-Ex” truck will deliver him his big motion picture deal. It’s a wonderful satire but lacks the real comedic tone that should be so evident in the teaming of Murphy and Martin.

Martin is great as the washed-up movie producer desperate for last stab at super stardom. The best part of the film is wonderful dual performance by Eddie Murphy as the egotistical Ramsey and his dim-witted lookalike. The interaction with Murphy is brilliant and this is probably the best comedy duo since Smith/Lawrence in “Bad Boys.”

Murphy departs the family film image and brings us what made him famous over a year ago. The film has some wonderful scenes but no real joy. Why does it take so much to make a movie?

(3 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer.

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