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The Muse (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 27 August 1999 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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In Goddess we trust.

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

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Muza  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,926,825, 29 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,614,236, 14 November 1999
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Trivia

Commenting on Martin Scorsese, who plays himself in one scene, Albert Brooks makes reference to the movie Taxi Driver, in which he played a role. See more »

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They apparently have health department approval, but nobody wears a hairnet or cap while preparing the dough for the cookies. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: I feel like you're losing your edge.
Steven Phillips: Jesus! I am hearing this from everybody!
Sarah: That's because it's true.
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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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Let Your Yeah Be Yeah
Written & Performed by Jimmy Cliff
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A Dull and dragging waste of time.
2 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie to be up there in my top 5 worst movies I've seen. Whereas Hercules in New York (one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's first films) can pass it off as being an amusing look at Arnold's struggle to grasp the English language and succeed in being funny, the Muse is trying to be funny and failing badly.

It's Hollywood clap-trap at its worst. Sharon Stone is uninspiring in attempts to form some kind of character as one of the main protagonists in the movie. Jeff Bridges is disappointing as well. Albert Brooks is a pain to watch, almost cringe-worthy, his character seems to be a personification of himself which isn't a good thing.

This film seems like it was written by someone who obviously had writers block until they suddenly thought they'd write a film about writers block. Confusing? Well maybe I could have worded that better but it's a film about nothing much in particular, it goes nowhere and the jokes are very weak.

I found myself waiting for the film to end and when it ended I was half in the mind to return the film to the video rental store and demand my money back!

Well you have my thoughts on this now.


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