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  • Summary: Bobby Bowfinger, a nearly bankrupt aspiring movie producer-director, is about to take one last shot at fame and fortune. Desperate to hit the big time, the hapless dreamer recruits a motley crew of aspiring misfits, including an eager nerd, an ambitious ingenue and an overthe-hill diva. With their help, Bowfinger embarks on a radical, ingenious scheme to trick the biggest name in movies into becoming the star of his ultra-low budget film. (Universal Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
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  1. Spoofy and sweet... endearingly old-fashioned.
  2. Reviewed by: M. Meghan McCarthy
    95
    One of the funniest films of the year... enough laugh-out-loud moments.
  3. Smoothly directed and acted with glee... showing quick-witted comic spirit.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Aside from the "Nutty Professor," this is the funniest Murphy comedy since the Reagan Administration.
  5. One of the best and funniest things that Martin, as writer and actor, has ever done.
  6. Amiable bundle of broad, easy laughs rather than bitingly fierce satire.
  7. 40
    Mechanical plot that seems dull even before it laboriously clanks and screeches into motion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jan 17, 2013
    8
    A marvelous comedy. It was sooo funny just edgy and fun right up to a point it was really good. One of Steve Martins Best movies along with L. A. story. Expand
  2. Aug 16, 2011
    8
    A near-perfect comedy that could only bit a little funnier but still contains some of the funniest moments in comedy films. Great idea, cast, script and execution. Frank Oz has made some really special movies. Bowfinger is one of his best. Collapse
  3. Oct 12, 2013
    3
    At some point Eddie Murphy decided that playing just one role in a movie wasn't enough for him and not once has his multiple performances ever lead to an even remotely funny film. Add into the mix Steve Martin, who's last decent film was probably Father of the Bride (1991), and you are left with a 97 minute movie that has arguably two or three funny moments throughout its entire running time. The fact that is has garnered mostly positive reviews still baffles me. Expand

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