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The Muse

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Cast: Albert Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell, Jeff Bridges

 

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Actor/writer/director Albert Brooks turns his satiric gaze on the film industry in this comedy about a screenwriter who has hit a rough patch. Steven Philips (played by Brooks) has enjoyed a celebrated career in Hollywood, but one day he has a meeting with his agent, who informs him his career is suddenly going nowhere. Steven quickly finds himself at the end of his

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Actor/writer/director Albert Brooks turns his satiric gaze on the film industry in this comedy about a screenwriter who has hit a rough patch. Steven Philips (played by Brooks) has enjoyed a celebrated career in Hollywood, but one day he has a meeting with his agent, who informs him his career is suddenly going nowhere. Steven quickly finds himself at the end of his rope and is unable to put a decent sentence on paper. Desperate, he hears that there's a bona fide muse in Hollywood, Sarah (played by Sharon Stone), who might be able to help with his problems. The writer contacts Sarah, hoping a good, stong dose of inspiration will get his career back on track. However, Sarah's late hours and endless demands don't do much to help Steven's relationship with his wife (Andie MacDowell). The Muse features an original musical score by Elton John, and cameos by several notable film figures, including Martin Scorsese, Rob Reiner, and James Cameron.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A charming comedy from co-writer/director and star Albert Brooks, this high-concept fantasy isn't as sharp as his more acerbic works (although some nice jabs are taken at the movie business). This is the stuff of later career Brooks and so lacks the almost-too-painful-to-watch quality of his more surgically precise early works. Fluffier and more situation comedy in conception it may be, but it's just as funny and quarries much of its humor, as do all of Brooks' films, from the psychological bugaboos of its protagonists. Sharon Stone is perfectly cast as the deranged Greek goddess of the title, Brooks and his co-writer Monica Johnson leaving little doubt that what they're actually sending up is the spoiled pampering of Hollywood divas. Brooks is his familiar self, long-suffering and neurotic, if not quite as lacerating and slightly more self-assured than his usual characters. Still, there are some classic moments here, including a meeting with Steven Spielberg's cousin, a nightmarish gathering with Wolfgang Puck at Spago, and a late-night salad delivery gone awry. The Muse (1999) may lack the bite of its creator's best work, but even a middling comedy from Brooks is a treat to be savored.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2000
UPC:
0044004499934
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Polygram Usa Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks Steven Phillips
Sharon Stone Sarah
Andie MacDowell Laura Phillips
Jeff Bridges Jack Warrick
Mark Feuerstein Josh Martin
Steven Wright Stan Spielberg
Bradley Whitford Hal
Dakin Matthews Dr. Jacobson
Concetta Tomei Nurse Rennert
Cybill Shepherd Herself
Lorenzo Lamas Himself
Jennifer Tilly Herself
Rob Reiner Himself
Wolfgang Puck himself
James Cameron Himself
Martin Scorsese Himself

Technical Credits
Albert Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Barry Berg Executive Producer
Victoria Burrows Casting
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Dabe Art Director
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
Elton John Score Composer
Monica Johnson Screenwriter
Dina Lipton Production Designer
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Herb Nanas Producer
Christopher S. Nushawg Set Decoration/Design
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Silverberg Asst. Director
Peter Teschner Editor

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The Muse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Albert Brooks' movies. It is funny and the type you will want to watch again and again. Sharon Stone and Andie McDowell make the cast complete to a tee. We can all learn a lesson here in this movie, to never give up on our dreams. Even with the twist in the ending, it makes you wonder will Albert Brooks make a sequel? I sure hope he does.