The Real Blonde (1998)

The Real Blonde (1998)



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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.
Comedy , Drama
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Kathleen Turner
as Dee Dee Taylor
Buck Henry
as Dr. Leuter
John Tormey
as Harassing Man
Wayne Parent
as Blair's Assistant
Peter Rex
as Biker Boy Pete
Kendall Knights
as Biker Boy Ken
Ray Trail
as Dirty Old Man
Joe D'Angerio
as Porno Clerk
Kedar Brown
as Playful Waiter
Sheila Hewlett
as Waitress in Restaurant
Timm Zemanek
as Man in Restaurant
Joan Heney
as Wife in Restaurant
Jonathan Wilson
as Young Man in Restaurant
Deborah Swanson
as Young Woman in Restaurant
Moynan King
as Biker Chick
Gloria Slade
as Biker Chick
Kathryn Haggis
as Biker Chick
Dawn Roach
as Biker Chick
Tony Hendra
as Soap Director
Jim Fyfe
as Roy
Sean Orr
as Stagehand
Tom Harvey
as Whipped Cream Man
Nahanni Johnstone
as Young Woman
Alex Appel
as Sheila
Djanet Sears
as Chantal
Landy Cannon
as Beach Boy
Katie Griffin
as Empty V Interviewer
Peter Keleghan
as Successful Actor
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Critic Reviews for The Real Blonde

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

Dated '90s satire filled with sex talk and profanity.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Common Sense Media

Not as good as other DiCillo movies, but decent.

November 1, 2004
7M Pictures

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Goatdog's Movies

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Real Blonde


I honestly can't believe more people didn't like this. Maybe this is one of those cases of me just seeing the right movie at the right time, but I thought it was excellent.

Darcy Hogan
Darcy Hogan


Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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.

Dean L
Dean L

Super Reviewer

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