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 know he is in, turning Kit's life into a paranoid nightmare, as Bowfinger's crazy schemes become more and more outrageous.
This hilarious, good-hearted spiritual descendant of "The Producers" is a comic coup for Steve Martin. And it's directed by Frank Oz every bit as winningly as his ''Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'' and ''In and Out.'' Eddie Murphy is razor sharp in a dual role as both a grinning fall guy and the kind of hotshot action star whose very presence is enough to get a movie made. Mr. Martin, sublimely funny, runs circles around him as an unscrupulous filmmaker trying to trick the star into appearing in his movie. ''Did you know that Tom Cruise had no idea he was in that vampire movie until two years later?'' this filmmaker inquires. Made fondly and knowingly, with nonstop good humor. — Janet Maslin
1999-08-13 | Janet Maslin | Read the New York Times Review of Bowfinger