The Real Blonde (1998)
In this episodic off-beat comic spoof, iconoclastic American independent filmmaker Tom DeCillo (Living in Oblivion, Johnny Suede) skewers modern relationships, sexism, soap operas, the Holocaust, New Yorkers and the objectification of women. The story centers around unemployed actor Bob and his longtime girlfriend Mary.
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Critic Reviews for The Real Blonde
Not as good as other DiCillo movies, but decent.
Vividly conveys how difficult it is to discern truth from treacle in industries built upon surface glamour, fantasy, and manufactured dreams.
Doesn't have a lot of narrative flow, but that is ok, since the segments are funny and smartly satirical.
Strains to build up a head of comic steam, but there's nowhere very interesting to go.
A frustrating sit that lives up to the stereotypes of its title--it may be glossy on the surface, but there's nothing going on inside.
Hard to believe this was made by the same person who brought us Living in Oblivion (with Steve Buscemi).
Audience Reviews for The Real Blonde
As happens so often with ensemble cast films it seems they try to supplement the lack of plot with the number of big names they can fit into the credits. At times this film can be fun to watch, but it tries so hard to deliver a message regarding the world being phony and pretentious and obsessed with physical beauty that it becomes what it is trying to parody. It is also too obvious (to go as far as putting the word "facade" on a poster during a particularly 'poignant' scene). This movie misses the mark in so many ways. I adore so many of the actors in this movie (though this was really the worst performance I have ever seen Matthew Modine give...unless that was another point the film was trying to smash you over the head with) and some of the moments were very funny and really did hit home, but that only accounted for about 20% of the film. The rest of it was cliché and trite. It is watchable and there are some real gem scenes and messages, but it could have been done so much better. It was trying to be an art house film and so it arrived as a Hollywood flop. Rent it for a lark or to see some of your long lost movie pals, but don't put to much money down on it coming in first in your movie ranks.More
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