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The Muse Review


Excellent
Albert Brooks, who last gave us a wryly cynical meditation on mother-and-son relationships with Mother, turns now to a wryly cynical meditation on Hollywood and inspiration with the aptly titled The Muse.

Brooks plays Steven Phillips, a moderately successful Hollywood screenwriter who suddenly finds he's lost "his edge." In desperation he turns to friend Jack (Bridges), who introduces him to a girl named Sarah (Stone), whom Jack claims is a muse. Or rather, one of The Muses, a source of divine inspiration.

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Mother Review


Excellent
As Norman Bates said it: "A boy's best friend is his mother." And just as Norman's family had its own brand of extreme dysfunctionality, Albert Brooks dredges up more of his neuroses in Mother, a new comedy about making peace with your past -- particularly with Mom.

At least I think that's what it's about. Mother starts off with a definitive whimper, and it takes a long time to get to the real story. (Lisa Kudrow makes a short appearance at the film's opening -- which bodes ill for the film, as it violates the "Never put a Friend in a movie" rule which was established early last year.)

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