Given the diversity of films and hence the diversity of music that accompanies them, there are plenty of scores which will simply come down to personal preference. Sadly, Bowfinger comes down to my personal preference which doesn't include the kind of retro swinging that forms the majority of David Newman's score. It comes across as something like (and this is probably wrong, but still worth a shot) a cross between Danny Elfman's Midnight Run or Marc Shaiman's Sister Act with a cheesy 70's feel. While I actually enjoy the music of those two particular scores, Newman's effort just doesn't do anything for me.
Newman isn't exactly allocated a huge amount of time on the disc (about eighteen minutes), but it's pretty much the same kind of thing - saxophones, trumpets, drum kit, electric guitars, occasional hammond organ - for the majority of that time. If you like it, fine, otherwise pretty irritating. There is nothing wrong with the music in itself although it doesn't convey much in the way of dramatic substance and so the whole thing just bounces along to its unexpected ending. Out of nowhere (perhaps some music escaped from another film), the Finale cue brings in for a pleasant orchestral finale that is nothing like anything else on the disc. After a somewhat soppy first minute, it builds to a brassy fanfare ending and the whole retro concoction is brought to a close by a somewhat average, but pleasing orchestral finale.
David Newman writes perfectly enjoyable orchestral scores and there is nothing inherently wrong with what he's written, it's just not my cup of tea in any way at all. The final track is more traditional, tuneful and orchestral but hardly worth having the whole album for. The somewhat eclectic mixture of songs at the start of the album didn't inspire me much either. Anyone just wanting an orchestral comedy score will be surprised (like I was) and possibly disappointed at what Newman has produced. Basically recommended if my half arsed descriptions sound like something you would enjoy, otherwise probably one to skip.