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Trying to get a film made today usually takes a bankable star and a huge budget.  Using those absolutes, Steve Martin has written a very funny and clever film, which holds Hollywood's excesses up to ridicule.

Martin stars as down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer, Bobby Bowfinger.  His accountant / receptionist writes a screenplay about aliens that come to Earth in raindrops.  He loves the script and with his rag tag group of performers and crew and about $2,000 in cash, he sets out to make a movie.

Bowfinger wants temperamental superstar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) to star in his action sci-fi flick, but since that's out of the question, he comes up with an ingenious plan.  He'll track down Ramsey as he goes about his daily activities and have his actors go up to the unsuspecting star and say their lines, while he hides across the street filming Ramsey's reactions.

Of course, the already semi-paranoid Ramsey thinks that a bunch of whackos are stalking him, or worse yet, perhaps real aliens have invaded Earth.  The result is hilarious and no one can portray out-of-control emotions better than Murphy.

Murphy also adds to the fun by playing another character.  He shows up to double for Ramsey as his look alike, however he's got braces, thick glasses and laughs nervously when the starlet (Heather Graham) takes off her blouse for a scene - but, that's okay...he'll do!

Nothing is off limits here and Hollywood's love affair with gurus, cell phones and power lunches are readily made fun of.

Energetically directed by Frank Oz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), I haven't laughed at a film as much in a long, long time.

A Top Ten pick for 1999

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