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Overall Rating
2.81

Awesome: 3.17%
Worth A Look41.27%
Average: 14.29%
Pretty Bad: 15.87%
Total Crap: 25.4%

7 reviews, 21 user ratings


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Muse, The
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by Scott Weinberg

"Awful and aggravating."
1 stars

Apparently, Albert Brooks belongs in the "every-other" category of filmmakers, as in every other movie he makes fills me with the desire to exsanguinate him. (Look it up.) If you can find two more unbearable movies than this and The Scout, well then good for you. You like to watch crap.

I can't figure it out. How does Albert Brooks make such a poor, sloppy, cheap-looking film? Is it me, or is this just another Hollywood group handjob over how crazy the movie industry is? Hey, guess what? Albert actually adds REAL movie insiders to add an air of "reality" to his moronic farce. (Yeah, like Rob Reiner, James Cameron and Martin Scorsese help make a movie seem more real, right?)

Note to cameo players:
Cameron--NEVER try to act.
Scorsese----Lay off the medication.
Rob Reiner----You wear it, and it rhymes with turtle.
Jennifer Tilly---um, nice boobs.

What a strange movie this is. It ignores obvious plot points and basically anything that could be described as a 'story'. Here it is: Whiny writer gets fired for "losing his edge" --Funny so far? Hope you enjoyed that, because it's a running gag throughout this annoying drivel. Jeff Bridges tells the crybaby to meet with this blond retard, who is actually a muse. The big baby pays for all her stuff, his wife makes cookies, and scenes keep showing up asking for directions. There are some scenes that end like Brady Bunch episodes, where everyone just sits around laughing and looking at each other.

And talk about "losing your edge"! Albert Brooks is just pathetic here. Love the gag when he ends up with salad on his face. So classic they do it again, but this time with PAINT! It's really unexpected, because this neurotic schmo has been pretty reliable in the laughs department throughout his career, but every gag in this movie is delivered like it smells bad.

There is some ridiculously horrible dialogue, and that would be expected coming from most writers. But I suppose Mr. Brooks had one script to go on a three-picture deal, so he grabbed a few Hollywood buddies and they all took turns in front of the camera. Enjoy. Oh well, who wants to tell people they're going to see a movie called "The Muse" anyway?

Boring, slow, unfunny, indulgent, obvious, dumb and nearly unwatchable. More proof that any filmmaker in Hollywood may betray your trust, promise you steak, and feed you sewage.

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originally posted: 09/06/99 15:29:33
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User Comments

5/03/13 PAUL SHORTT AMUSING, INTELLIGENT COMEDY 4 stars
4/12/10 satyanreddy good 5 stars
6/04/07 fools♫gold Thewriters ofthis definitelydidn't losetheiredge, nor their minds. (yes, there are boobies) 5 stars
1/20/06 Ralph I saw this aboard a plane from California to Amsterdam - hence no boobies 1 stars
5/15/05 Indrid Cold Very dull, unsatisfying "comedy". Like a rejected Woody Allen idea. 2 stars
4/28/05 P toya Amazing bad in a whiny rich person spoiled way. 1 stars
1/04/05 HL I just seem to like it a lot...don't care what everyone else thinks...Brook's is unique. 4 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Major diappointment from Brooks. Flat, bland, tired satire. 2 stars
2/24/03 Ty Brooks is nothing but a melodramatic crap of an actor, his acting downright stinks 1 stars
7/11/02 R.W. Welch Not a bad plot line but not a lot of zip in the execution. 3 stars
1/28/02 Andrew Carden Other Then A Few Good Performances, The Movie Is One Big Mess. 2 stars
11/29/01 Hum yawn 2 stars
6/13/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) The Muse needed that Waldorf salad and the Titanic necklace shoved up her ass... 3 stars
3/30/00 yankee This sucked, no plot and not funny. The twist was decent(asylum), needed work though 3 stars
10/04/99 Heather A-musing, witty, great role for Sharon Stone 4 stars
9/14/99 ProfJim Brooks' pitch meeting with Speilberg is worth $7 alone! 4 stars
9/11/99 Travis Smith God awful Albert Brooks needs to stop trying to be Woody Allen 1 stars
9/10/99 ralph roether 3 pretty funny...i love brook's dialogue...."im not six..i need a meal." 4 stars
9/09/99 azzad Albert Brooks at his best 4 stars
9/04/99 agustin fun film Sharon Stone wasn't that annoying wished she was naked more 4 stars
9/02/99 AVFred Absolutely entertaining! Brooks and Stone are fun. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  27-Aug-1999 (PG-13)
  DVD: 04-May-2010

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Australia
  27-Jul-2000 (M)




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