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The Real Blonde

The Real Blonde (1998)

tomatometer

43

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

No consensus yet.

audience

35

liked it
Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 1,374

My Rating

Movie Info

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

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Drama, Comedy

Tom DiCillo

Jan 26, 1999

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (18) | DVD (2)

Not as good as other DiCillo movies, but decent.

November 2, 2004
7M Pictures

Vividly conveys how difficult it is to discern truth from treacle in industries built upon surface glamour, fantasy, and manufactured dreams.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Doesn't have a lot of narrative flow, but that is ok, since the segments are funny and smartly satirical.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

A fine looking but extremely lightweight satire from Tom DiCillo...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Strains to build up a head of comic steam, but there's nowhere very interesting to go.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Hard to believe this was made by the same person who brought us Living in Oblivion (with Steve Buscemi).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

starts to seem more like an extended episode of 'The Real World,' as we're asked to care deeply about the woes, jealousies, inhibitions and fantasies of some fairly shallow people.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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.
July 17, 2007
Camus123

Super Reviewer

Disappointing, considering I enjoyed DiCillo's LIVING IN OBLIVION.
January 6, 2007
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