Martin still has it! Yippeee! One of my favorites
didn't sell out-you know like that puke Woody Allen "Mr.
I Am Too Cool For Myself" who seems to think - 'why,
even if I fart they'd laugh.'
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 crap
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 movie.
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 or an In-n-Out w/fries?