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The Muse (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 27 August 1999 (USA)
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With his career on the skids, a Hollywood screenwriter enlists the aid of a modern-day muse, who proves to test his patience.

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What happens when a screenwriter (Brooks) loses his edge, he turns to anyone he can for help... even if it's the mythical "Zeus's Daughter" (Stone). And he's willing to pay, albeit reluctantly, whatever price it takes to satisfy this goddess, especially when her advice gets him going again on a sure-fire script. However, this is not the limit of her help, she also gets the writer's wife (MacDowell) going on her own bakery enterprise, much to the chagrin of Brooks, who has already had to make many personal sacrifices for his own help. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Rated PG-13 for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,926,825 (USA) (27 August 1999)

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$11,614,236 (USA) (12 November 1999)
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Diva
27 August 1999 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

"You've lost your edge"--that's the lethal verdict that Albert Brooks hears as the aging screenwriter hero of THE MUSE, which he co-wrote and directed. In Brooks' trilogy of comic-horror masterpieces--REAL LIFE (1979), MODERN ROMANCE (1981) and LOST IN AMERICA (1985)--he took his own anguish and humiliation and did a frightful chiropractic on them, breaking them open to birth a never-before-seen form of wince-inducing comedy. The three movies that followed--DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, MOTHER, and now THE MUSE--softened the Brooks protagonist, a grinning solipsist who's deaf to the agonies of everyone around him, into a permanently exasperated schlemiel. I suspect Brooks hasn't lost his edge--he's merely had to file its teeth down to get his work produced. But it's a miscalculation: in this era of the Farrelly Brothers and the SOUTH PARK geeks, a comedy that makes the audience unsure whether to laugh or scream would arrive as a revelation. In other words, it would probably make money.

This pleasant, uneventful yarn has fewer laughs in its entirety than REAL LIFE has in one reel, but it has one major asset: Sharon Stone as the hero's muse, a seemingly real actual deity who sparks inspiration in all those who pay homage to her. This muse has the cranky-baby habits of a spoiled movie star who needs a bigger trailer, and Stone is finally both luminous and lovable. This terrain, where she can both milk her old-Hollywood glamour and deprecate it at the same time, is just where she should be. (Her 1.7-second long nude scene here should make everyone forget about THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR.) As Brooks' wife, Andie MacDowell reveals that she has mellowed into a warm, ripely seductive, accomplished actor. THE MUSE fails as a funny-scary Brooksian CAT-Scan, but it succeeds in demonstrating the ways in which over-forty broads can be really, really hot.


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