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The Muse



Satire, Hollywood in-jokes won't appeal to kids.
  • Review Date: May 8, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Issue of husband being threatened by wife's succes.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking, references to alcoholism.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's some suggestion that Sarah is mentally ill, but it's intentionally left vague enough so that each viewer can decide if she's really a muse after all.

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What's the story?

In THE MUSE, writer/director/actor Albert Brooks portrays Steven Phillips, a Hollywood screenwriter who is let go by the studio when a young, arrogant executive tells him he has lost his "edge." On the advice of a friend, he seeks inspiration from a muse (Sharon Stone), the daughter of Zeus, who now lives in Los Angeles under the name "Sarah." Sarah does indeed work miracles for Steven, inspiring him to write a successful script. But Sarah is demanding. She insists on lavish gifts and constant attention. And she is frustrating. Steven wants her full-time dedication, but she is busy inspiring his wife to start a cookie business and Titanic writer/director James Cameron to make something other than a sequel.

Is it any good?


This movie's satire and Hollywood in-jokes will have little appeal to kids, but Stone's performance as the ravishing, maddening, and truly inspiring muse is wildly funny. The film can lead to family discussions about art and about relationships. Kids may also want to look up the mythological muses and talk about the costs and benefits of being inspired.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about art and about relationships. Kids may also want to look up the mythological muses and talk about the costs and benefits of being inspired.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 27, 1999
DVD release date:February 15, 2000
Cast:Albert Brooks, Andie MacDowell, Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone
Director:Albert Brooks
Studio:USA Films
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:brief nudity

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