Runtime: 1 Hour
and 37 Minutes
As you shake your head in disbelief while watching this movie, keep
in mind there are probably people out there like Bobby Bowfinger.
This movie somehow walks the fine line between absurdity and realism.
Bowfinger (Steve Martin) is a down-and-out filmmaker, with titles
to his name like "The Yugo Story". He wants his 15 minutes
of fame, and thinks he might get it with a new script he's read called
"Chubby Rain" about aliens invading earth in tiny raindrops.
He schemes his way into a meeting with a big-time producer, who says
he'll do the movie if Bowfinger can get action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie
Murphy) to star in it.
Bowfinger sneaks into a party at Ramsey's house to pitch the idea.
He fails, and must go back to his assistant Dave (Jamie Kennedy),
his best star Carol (Christine Baranski) and his screenwriter Afrim
(Adam Alexi-Malle) with the bad news. Instead of giving them the bad
news, he says Ramsey has agreed to do the movie.
Bowfinger's plan is to film what he can without Ramsey, then film
the Ramsey scenes without Ramsey not knowing he's in a movie. He tells
the cast that Ramsey never wants to see the camera, only wants one
take, and doesn't want to meet the cast because he'll be too busy
studying his character.
None of this would work if not for Ramsey's membership in Mind Head,
a weird New-Age cult that fills his head with strange ideas. So, when
approached on the street by a woman shouting about aliens, he's convinced
he's really being pursued.
Bowfinger needs two actors to round out the cast. He recruits Daisy
(Heather Graham), who just stepped off the bus from Ohio and is willing
to sleep her way to the top. He also needs a Kit Ramsey look-alike
and finds one in Jiff Ramsey, Kit's brother. Jiff is tickled pink
to be given a shot at movies when all anybody cares about is his brother.
He even runs across a dangerous freeway (convinced the whole time
there are stunt drivers)...twice.
As you watch "Bowfinger", you shake your head a lot. Yet
you laugh a lot. Sure the idea is ridiculous, but some people would
probably take that chance for a shot at fame. If you can deal with
that, then chances are, you'll love "Bowfinger."