The Muse (1999)

ALBERT BROOKS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):     BB

USA, 1999.  October Films.  Screenplay by Albert Brooks, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

If I were to give Sharon Stone the entire star rating for this film it would rank a five. She’s excellent as a woman claiming to be a real live muse, one of Zeus’ daughters, a woman who has the power to inspire. Albert Brooks is a screenwriter who is having trouble hitting his usual stride and decides he needs her help, even though she seems to have very strange requirements to do her job well (she has to move in to the guest house and she has cravings for Waldorf salads in the middle of the night, among them).  gives a surprisingly terrible performance as Brooks’ wife, who doesn’t know what to think of what is going on in her house.  The joke here, that Hollywood types are so gullible that they will believe in any manner of guru to make their big business happen, is not aimed too cruelly at its target but is possible a bit too on the nose to come off clever.  That combined with a sluggish pace makes it feel like a short skit spread out over two hours; it’s only when Stone is on screen that the film comes to life (her scene with Titanic director James Cameron is a scream).

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Sharon Stone)

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