Bowfinger (*** Ĺ) Ė Say what you will about Rodney Dangerfield, but Steve Martin is the one person who truly doesnít get the respect he deserves. Forget about the recent Father of the Bride movies and the dreadful Out-of-Towners remake and think about some of the comedy gems that he has given us. The Jerk, The Man with Two Brains, The Lonely Guy, Dead Men Donít Wear Plaid, and one of the greatest Ė Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. But where was his Oscar nomination for his inspired performance in All of me? No respect.And thatís unfortunate because he deserves to belong in the pantheon of classic humorists. From Mark Twain to Woody Allen to Steve Martin is how books about comedy should read, because while mostly known for his crazy antics in front of the camera, heís little known for the writing he does. I donít know if he actually wrote that famous Best Man speech, but it sounds like vintage Martin, who also wrote the fantastic Roxanne in 1987 and the incredibly underrated L.A. Story in 1991. Now comes Bowfinger, which strikes comic gold in the dream casting of Martin with Eddie Murphy, another great comic actor, who also gets underrated in his best works, for the questionable choices of some of his other roles. But choosing Bowfinger is another home run, pulling off too radically different characters with the greatest of ease, and getting big laughs out of both of them. Heather Graham also takes what could have been a throwaway role and gives some bite to it Ė a character that may be based in some part on actress Anne Heche whom Martin dated for awhile before she switched teams. The film is not without its slow points, which while minor, is pretty common in the films of director Frank Oz. But the writing here truly overcomes all, lacing some real zingers at Hollywood, and following through with an original idea. I would have liked to have seen more of the coverage shot by Bowfingerís Ed Wood-like entourage to surround the footage shot in secret and wish there was a little more of what happened after their movie was released Ė but it didnít bother me because, once again, the writing was so good, and Murphy and Martin are so good together.This is one of the funniest films of the year, signaling once and for all that perhaps Steve Martin will finally get some of the respect he deserves when Original Screenplay nominations come out in February.