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The Muse

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Albert Brooks is Steven Phillips, a veteran screenwriter of 17 films who is told he has lost his edge. A fellow writer with a string of successes under his belt (Jeff Bridges) refers Phillips to Sarah (Sharon Stone), a professional muse (see Greek mythology). In exchange for the royal treatment and a showering of expensive gifts, she will grace writers with her presence, which seems to magically spark profitable ideas from the client's mind. Is her power real or is it all in her clients' heads? Why does Jack's wife develop a delicious and profitable cookie recipe in Sarah's company? Brooks uses his usual biting wit and thoroughly neurotic sensibility to lampoon the Hollywood lifestyle. As in THE PLAYER, many personalities appear as themselves to take a shot--most especially a hilariously jacked-up Martin Scorsese and a desperate James Cameron. Sharon Stone is unexpectedly funny as the capricious, avaricious muse who turns Phillips's life upside down. Brooks is his usual dry, hilarious self.
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  • Credits
    Albert Brooks, Albert Einstein, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell, Jeff Bridges
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The script and dialogue are dead-on....[Certain] scenes possess a deliciously knowing air..."
    Variety

    "...A potently funny lampoon of all things Hollywood..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Credit Stone for a blithe, sexy turn..." -- 3 out of 5 Stars
    Premiere

    "...THE MUSE is amusing..."
    USA Today

    "...Underneath all its humor, THE MUSE manages to casually deal with some fascinating issues, such as the nature of creativity and inspiration and the important role belief has in making things happen..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Smart, funny and edgy. And there's something fascinating about the way Brooks, as an actor, is ingratiating and hostile at the same time..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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