Independent film director Bobby Bowfinger is desperate to make a feature film. With a script penned by Bowfinger's accountant, titled "Chubby Rain", they're all set. However, having a budget of only $2,184, Bowfinger and his crew of one cameraman, two actors and one accountant-slash-screenwriter have to make do by sneaking equipment off studio lots, "borrowing" vintage cars from other film producers and filming in public places without a permit. Of course, the one thing that could make or break the film is the pull of a big star in the lead role, and they've found just the actor: Kit Ramsey. The only problem is that they kinda "forgot" to tell him about it first. Not really a problem: they just need to [[EnforcedMethodActing film him without him finding out, that's all.]]

Directed by Frank Oz (''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels''), ''Bowfinger'' (1999) stars Creator/SteveMartin as Bobby Bowfinger, Creator/EddieMurphy as Kit Ramsey and Kit's "stunt double" Jiff, and a handful of other stars.

!!''Bowfinger'' contains examples of:
* {{Adorkable}} / BlackAndNerdy: Jiff.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: "I know you want to show it to the Laker Girls, but you can never show it to the Laker Girls."
* AllPartOfTheShow: Inverted: Kit Ramsey doesn't know that it's all a show. Thankfully, due to his weak grasp on reality, he somewhat accepts what's going on, even if he's freaked out all of the time.
* BadBadActing: Daisy's spastic, over-the-top performance; the bribed cop nearly forgetting his lines mid-take, Carol constantly ChewingTheScenery and pretty much everyone on camera save for maybe Kit Ramsey.
* {{Blackmail}}: [[spoiler:When Bowfinger's con is finally discovered, he still gets permission to use Kit's footage by blackmailing [=MindHead=] with footage of Kit flashing the Laker Girls.]]
* BondOneLiner: "I enjoyed meeting you, Cliff."
* CastingCouch: Creator/HeatherGraham's character Daisy ends up sleeping with everyone involved with the film.
* CharacterDevelopment: Daisy starts out as TheIngenue, literally right off the bus. Soon she begins a ruthless campaign to sleep her way to the top, starting with [[WritersSuck the writer]] and coming to the post-première party with "Hollywood's most powerful lesbian". The film crew are a bunch of illegal Mexican immigrants who start out barely knowing one end of the camera from the other, but they're soon bandying about technical terms and influential movies and end as successful film-making professionals. Bowfinger develops a measure of success and self-knowledge.
* ChurchOfHappyology: "Welcome to [=MindHead=]! Welcome to [=MindHead=]! Welcome to [=MindHead=]!" Played with, as whatever their methods, [=MindHead's=] agents do seem genuinely concerned about Kit, and they're the only ones able to rein in Kit's raving eccentricities. If not for them, he'd likely be in a mental institution with all the paranoia he's coping with. [[spoiler: In the finale they put the pieces together and stage a rescue from the film crew GasLighting him.]] [=MindHead=] also appears to incorporate elements from several other New-Age self-help fads which have been popular in California over the decades, such as PyramidPower and Erhard Seminars Training.
* EnforcedMethodActing: {{Invoked}}. Kit Ramsey has no idea he's being filmed for a movie.
* EverythingIsRacist: Kit Ramsey lives on this. He considers his lack of a bankable catchphrase to be racism, he counts the number of times the letter "K" shows up in a script and if it's divisible by 3, it's a blatant reference to the Ku Klux Klan, and he considers the uttering of Shakespeare's name as being a sly way of calling him a "spear-chucker" (Shakespeare = Shake a spear).
* TheIllegal: The crew besides the people mentioned in the lead.
* JiveTurkey: Bowfinger attempting to sound cool by describing a script as "butter" and "jiggy baby."
* JustKeepDriving: Eddie Murphy runs across a highway and ''none'' of the drivers react. [[TakeThat Well, this is Los Angeles.]]
* LargeHam: Carol, even when not working on the film.
* MadnessMantra: "Keep it together, keep it together, keep it together..."
* MovieMakingMess: So much - the equipment is "borrowed" from unknowing studios, the crew was taken at the Californian border with Mexico... ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction doesn't even start to cover it.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Intentionally done with the [=FedEx=] delivery at the film's end.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: See TakeThat
* OscarBait: Kit Ramsey remarks that when white actors play [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged "retards"]], they get the Oscars, and when black actors play slaves, they get the nominations. So his agent needs to find him a role as [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a retarded slave]] so his winning an Oscar can be a sure thing.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure:
-->'''Daisy''': Do you love [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Smashing Pumpkins]]?\\
'''Bowfinger''': Are you kidding? I LOVE to do that!
** In reverse, too:
--->'''Bowfinger''': Yes! We'll be just like Bogart and Bacall!
--->'''Daisy''': Who?
* ProductionPosse: In-universe. Bowfinger and the regular cast of his films.
* ProperlyParanoid: Kit Ramsey starts off paranoid, and then it turns out that people ''are'' following him with cameras.
** Lampshaded by his Mindhead therapist who actually makes a remark along these lines upon catching Bowfinger and his crew in the act. Prior to that, he seemed to consider Kit's utterances about aliens and pod people to be more paranoia.
* ReallyGetsAround: Daisy.
* TheReveal[=/=]TheUntwist: [[spoiler:Jiff later reveals he's Kit's twin brother.]]
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: This is one of Kit's main fears, along with aliens and a giant foot trying to squash him.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: The song playing when Daisy first gets off the bus? "Legend of a Cowgirl", about a woman who loves 'em and leaves 'em.
* TakeThat: Heather Graham's character is basically a hyper-condensed tale of Anne Heche (who Steve Martin briefly dated)'s rise to "fame" (by hooking up with famous people), culminating in her being in a relationship with a "powerful Hollywood lesbian" (hint hint Ellen Degeneres).
* TroubledProduction: In-universe and practically Played for Laughs. The entire premise of the movie.
* TrueCompanions: To some extent, Bowfinger and his regular cast.
* TheUnfavorite: It's painfully obvious that Jiff has spent his whole life living in his brother's shadow.
* ViewersAreMorons: "That's too much for the audience to have to think about. They have to know that the guy's name is Cliff, they have to know that he's on a cliff. That the Cliff and the cliff is the same. It's too cerebral! We're trying to make a movie here, not a film!"
* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: Every member of Bowfinger's ensemble appears in the final scene except for Slater who is noticeably absent.
* WimpFight[=/=]FightSceneFailure: A spectacular, [[StylisticSuck intentional]] [[InUniverse case]] in the end's [[ShowWithinAShow movie-within-a-movie]] ''Fake Purse Ninjas''.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Kit Ramsey goes through a script and found the letter K appearing 1456 times, which he says is perfectly divisible by 3. 1456 isn't perfectly divisible by 3. [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps it's Kit who sucks at math.]] [[BlatantLies Or he just made it up.]]
* WritersSuck: Bowfinger's accountant-slash-screenwriter is second on Daisy's list of guys to sleep with to get to the top.
* YourCheatingHeart: Bowfinger tries to break up with Daisy because she had sex with Jiff. She simply responds, "So?" -- and he realizes he doesn't care and is happy to have more meaningless sex with her.

!!''Chubby Rain'', the [[ShowWithinAShow film within the film]], contains the following tropes:
* ActionGirl: Daisy's character does most of the fighting in the movie while Kit's character just looks scared and confused. And as far as we can tell, [[HypercompetentSidekick she's the one doing all the real work in staving off the alien invasion]].
* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: As far as we can tell, Kit's character is able to defeat the aliens without actually doing anything. Except maybe playing tennis. And saying "GOTCHA SUCKERS!"
* EnforcedMethodActing: An in-universe example with Kit has no idea he's in the movie, so when the audience sees him terrified of the aliens, he ''is''.
* FakeShemp: Jiff is hired for this purpose once Kit hides into [=MindHead=]. [[invoked]]
* ImMelting: At some point, a cop that's pulled Kit over begins to melt alive after having slept with an alien lifeform.
* JustAStupidAccent: Daisy's character has a bizarre pseudo-European accent for no apparent reason. Unfortunately, it makes it very hard to understand one of her funniest {{Narm}}y lines: "One slip-up in your tough, crime-filled world and you could die!"
* NoBudget: Also in-universe. "Movies cost millions of dollars you say? That's after [[UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting gross net deduction profit percentage deferment ten percent of the nut]]. Cash, every movie costs $2,184". [[spoiler:Turns out no it doesn't, Bowfinger goes broke during production, so he has to steal Daisy's credit card to finance the rest of the film.]]
* SpecialEffectsFailure: In-Universe, the big explosion that destroys the aliens is essentially a firework going off.
* StylisticSuck: WordOfGod, this is why ''Chubby Rain'' was a hit. Judging from the footage we see, it's believable.