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Bobby Bowfinger is a shameless wannabe film producer, who is desperate to break into the Hollywood big-time in spite of the fact that he's broke and unconnected. His plans are thwarted when he is unable to land Hollywood's hottest action star, Kit Ramsey for the lead roll in his movie. Undaunted, Bowfinger decides to make the film with Ramsey anyway, except that Kit won't know he's in it. Determined, Bowfinger and his motley crew surreptitiously stalk their unwitting star through the streets of Los Angeles. They film Kit's every move and trap him in scenes he doesn't… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"The best thing about Bowfinger is the way the script by Steve Martin is tooled to his own and Murphy's comic strengths."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Martin the writer plants some wicked barbs in Hollywood's rear end about creative financing of movies and hoarding of profits, the art of the deal, hipper-than-thou attitudes and exploitation."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Entertaining, great actors but not a home run."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Mr. Murphy chews the scenery every chance he gets and it recalls what made him such a star in the first place."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"You'll laugh 'til you stop!"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"This is enjoyable but thin, which is no doubt what was intended."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is his first screenplay since L.A. Story, yet you get the sense that Martin has lost some of the artistic aspiration he once brought to the movie business. This effort feels like it's just business."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Hugely funny film that mixes knowing satire with winning stupidity, and has Martin and Murphy in form they have rarely managed in recent years."
‑ Mark Morris, Film4
"Murphy is wonderful ... The plot is mechanical, clunky and boring."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This all has the potential to become a sidesplitting caper. ... Unfortunately, only a few of the manic scenes work."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Preposterous and utterly self-absorbed, this has la-la land down to a tee."
‑ , Time Out
"Bowfinger never hits a note of high hilarity."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A showcase for wit."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Just watch two of the still funniest guys in the country do what they do best, without a bad script to get in the way."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"[An] entertaining little comedy that should be forgiven for not living to its potential."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
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