The Real Blonde

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Released 1998

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Director:
Tom DiCillo
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
This romantic comedy from writer and director Tom DiCillo follows some New York City pals seeking authenticity with the real blonde, a symbol of amorous perfection. Joe (Matthew Modine) is an out-of-work actor struggling for even bit parts in Madonna music videos by groveling in front of a high-powered agent (Kathleen Turner), while his makeup artist girlfriend Mary (Catherine Keener) pays the bills. After six years of cohabitation, Joe's lack of success is wearing on their relationship. In the meantime, Joe's friend and fellow actor Bob (Maxwell Caulfield) has finally hit the jackpot with a role on a soap opera opposite the beautiful Kelly (Daryl Hannah), who just might be the real blonde of his dreams.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    A lively, well-constructed film with a large and appealing cast.

  • 70

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Enjoyable, if sometimes scattered, comic exploration of the quest for integrity and depth in a world wowed by artifice and superficiality.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    By interweaving a very contemporary love story into these themes, DiCillo has at least given it all a fresh spin.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Dramedy, Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance