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Aro Recommended Muse, The


USA 2000, 93 minutes
Dir. Albert Brooks
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Comedy

Topics: Showbiz, Mid-life.


Aroview: Thoroughly affable comedy from Albert Brooks will not disappoint his fans, with his gift for dialogue and impeccable comic timing atoning for a screenplay that doesn't entirely satisfy its premise.

Brooks plays (surprise!) a successful but neurotic screenwriter who resorts to hiring a modern-day 'muse' (she of Greek mythology) to inspire his creativity after he falls out of Hollywood favour. Sharon Stone's high-maintenance 'inspiration' turns out to be a regular pain-in-the-neck, fuelling both the plot and Brooks' patented comedy of exasperation. Filled with 'Hollywood' in-jokes and cameos from the likes of James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Rob Reiner, this will hit the spot for those who especially 'get it'. Music by Elton John.

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