Martin still has it! Yippeee! One of my favorites
didn't sell out-you know like that puke George Lucas,
or that "Mr. I am too Cool for Myself-why, even if
I fart they'd laugh" Adam Sandler. Yeah, maybe they
would laugh; but that's only cause they'd be reminded
of the hysterical "Terrence and Philip"-- a
safe funny place.
OK, enough babble--back to Bowfinger. Martin
wrote this wonderfully funny romp around the 'wood. Hollywood,
that is. Swimmin' pools, movie stars. He attacks--ever
so slightly the inner workings of the whole Hollywood
Story goes, Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) is a washed
up director/actor, trying to have at least one "hit"
before he turns 50--the kiss of death in Hollywood (for
women the kiss is at 23). You get a gist of Bowfinger's
past achievements (?) by the hysterical movie posters,
starring him of course, or directed by him (gems like
"The Yugo Story") all around his comfy, seedy
other-side-of-the-road-from-Spago's house-complete with
a handpainted Bowfinger Production sign nailed
precariously above his front door. A class act. He reads
a script by his accountant, Afrim (Adam Alexi Malle) and
is smitten with producing it. It is called "Chubby
Rain". So Martin! Just a brilliant
parody of the ridiculousness of what some real people
in Hollywood consider "do-able".
Chubby Rain is the complicated story (not!) of
rain that falls from the sky; but it's not our normal
acid, chemically laden, polluted rain--it's aliens. Sure,
that'll sell. Genius! Bowfinger doesn't have much production
money behind him--a whopping two thousand dollars or so-but
that doesn't stop him. He wants a big star for his big
Enter ego maniac and top Hollywood "Action Star du
Jour" Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy). He is of the Vandammeschwartzeneggerstallone
breed. He is also an extreme paranoid and belongs to Mind
Head, the flavor of the week Dianetics style group--to
keep it together. Bowfinger must have him for Chubby Rain.
Of course, Kit refuses. Now Bowfinger has a real dilemma.
No problem-- find a lookalike! He does. A semi--retarded
over enthusiastic spastic named Jiff. Jiff (also Eddie
Murphy) when cleaned up is a near spitting image of Kit.
They are back on schedule. This low budget oops--sorry-
Indie, will star Kit anyway-Kit just won't know
it. Huh? You'll see. (By the way, Eddie Murphy is just
a talenté supremo in his dual role. I always
admired Murphy's vim and vigor both in films and his earlier
standup, but he really gleams in this!
Great premise, great movie! The crew and cast Bowfinger
pieces together is perfect. All the actors are great.
No complaints. Daisy (Heather Graham) is a naive young
girl who's just arrived off the bus-literally-and has
figured out a quick way to the top. Carol (a brilliant
Christine Baranski) is an over acting lovable ner'-do-well.
Then there's Dave (Jamie Kennedy) with whom Chubby
Rain could never have been made-literally. He "borrows"
most of the necessary movie items-right down to moguls'
autos, to assist Bowfinger's production-so he can be a
cameraman-instead of a studio errand boy. Go
see this jam-packed fun-filled flick and do it now!
Snack recommendation: The latest Hollywood "in
cuisine" --perhaps bottled water?
Written by: Steve Martin
Directed by: Frank Oz
Starring: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy,
Chritina Baranski, Heather Graham
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