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The Muse

Talented Albert Brooks wrote, directed and stars in this amusing film set in Hollywood.

He plays Steven Phillips, a screen writer with a wife (Andie McDowell) and 2 kids, whose latest script is turned down by a young studio executive.  The young exec tells Phillips to take a year off to get "his edge" back and cancels his contract on the spot.

Needing a fresh idea, Phillips goes to see his Academy Award winning friend, played by Jeff Bridges, who reluctantly shares his secret for success.  The muse is a mythological goddess who presides over the arts, and Bridges has one of his own, in the guise of Sharon Stone.

Desperate for inspiration from anyplace he can find it, Phillips begs his friend to introduce him to the blond pixie.  But, he's not prepared for her demands on his time and money in return for her help.

She wants a suite at the best L.A. hotel, a well stocked refrigerator and pricey baubles from Tiffany's.  Since Phillips isn't a rich man, he schleps around town himself picking up her dry cleaning and buying bobby pins at all hours of the night.

He puts up with her prima donna behavior while he waits for his creative juices to flow.  While the muse spends most of her time catering to other big-time clients.  Directors James Cameron and Rob Reiner make cameo appearances as two of her success stories.  In one of the funniest scenes, director Martin Scorsese shows up excitedly telling his idea for a remake of Raging Bull using a skinny fighter.

Brooks' self-effacing manner is very appealing.  He has a perpetual look of pain and acts as if he's about to lose control at any minute.  He plays well off of the breezy Stone.  Dressed in flowing caftans and with her hair in short spiky wisps, she has a lot of fun with this unpredictable character.

The Muse is an entertaining and charmingly funny film.

The Muse


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