The Muse (1999)


“This is Hollywood. People here believe anything! ” – Nurse Rennert

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A Hollywood writer suffering from writers block hires a “muse” in order to help him write a new script.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out yet never had the chance to see it until now.

I have always been a fan of Albert Brooks who is a great writer and director.

His stories usually deal with a neurotic character which fits his own personality so well.

This film is hilarious from start to finish because it bases its premise on the fact that writers need a muse in order to write their masterpieces.

Brooks shines here in the lead role and makes him so likable despite his obvious neurosis.

This is a story that allows us to gain so much insight into the need for a muse during major writing projects while also showing the difficult Hollywood process that one must endure to get something done.

Sharon Stone does a wonderful job in the role of the muse and shows she can play such a fun and quirky character so well.

Th added fact that they keep certain aspects of her personality ambiguous adds to the feel hat this story borders between fantasy and reality.

The rest of the supporting cast is also great and Jeff Bridges and Andie McDowell are both great here.

The best part of this movie is the fact that they utilize the Hollywood setting so well that we get to see so many cameos of famous Hollywood personalities.

This allows us to see how important a muse can be when trying to be so creative in your work.

Bottom Line – Hilarious film that works so well. Brooks is a great writer and actor and he shines in this film as the main character. The film gives us a lot of insight into the way that Hollywood works and how one writes a script. Stone is perfectly cast in the role of the muse and gives such a quirky performances which helps keep things slightly ambiguous. The rest of the supporting cast is also fun to watch here. The best part of this movie tho is the loads of cameos by very famous writers/directors which gives off the impression of how important a muse can be in the process of doing your best work. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the 1970’s, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich divorced his wife Polly Platt to be with his discovery Cybill Shepherd. This incident loosely inspired the film Irreconcilable Differences (1984), where a director (Ryan O’Neal) divorced his wife (Shelley Long) to be with a starlet (Sharon Stone). While Platt said that the film “got more right than wrong,” Shepherd denied that she was anything like the character that Stone played in the film. Both Stone and Shepherd appear in “The Muse” but not in the same scene. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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