The Real Blonde 1998 R CC

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Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion) is the writer and director of this knowing spoof centered on the relationship between an idealistic--and perpetually out of work--actor (Matthew Modine) and his live-in girlfriend (Catherine Keener).

Starring:
Matthew Modine, Catherine Keener
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

The Real Blonde

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Tom DiCillo
Starring Matthew Modine, Catherine Keener
Supporting actors Daryl Hannah, Maxwell Caulfield, Elizabeth Berkley, Marlo Thomas, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Buck Henry, Christopher Lloyd, Kathleen Turner, Denis Leary, Beatrice Winde, Schecter Lee, John Tormey, Wayne Parent, Peter Rex, Kendall Knights, Daniela Olivieri, Bronson Picket, Arturo Fresolone
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The Real Blonde is a real Gem.
SHAWN JAMES
This is an ensemble effort, and several of the other plot lines are equally as good.
Scott FS
He is on a quest for a "real blonde" for purity and symbolism!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott FS VINE VOICE on January 1, 2005
Format: DVD
Where's this movie been hiding? I've never heard of it until recently.

'The Real Blonde' is a behind-the-scenes look at the bottom rung of the film/television industry. It's a gentle, light-hearted view of various characters who work in a supporting occupation in the acting world, and at actors working, not-working, trying to break in, directing and watching the end result.

Michael Modine stars as Joe, a waiter trying and trying to break into acting. The closest it seems he can come is to act in a Madonna video. It's one frustrating rejection after another. Catherine Keener at her best stars as Joe's long-suffering girlfriend Mary, who isn't sure she's ready for commitment, unsure about Joe's lack of success as an actor, and deals with it by getting really into her self-defense class, and by continuing with her therapy, at least until her therapist turns the table on her, and explores how he really feels about her!

This is an ensemble effort, and several of the other plot lines are equally as good. Maxwell Caulfield plays Bob, a friend of Joe who's elevated himself to star in a really bad soap opera. Daryl Hannah is Kelly, who's also in the soap opera, and the running gag is that she threatens to commit suicide in every episode. Bob's got this obsession to sleep with a 'real blonde'. He's had any number of conquests, but all of the bottle blondes just ain't the real thing. Elizabeth Berkley, Marlo Thomas, Buck Henry, Christopher Lloyd, Kathleen Turner, Denis Leary and Steve Buscemi all make appearances to great effect.

Tom DiCillo, who has directed 'Stranger Than Paradise', 'Living in Oblivion' and 'Box of Moon Light', interesting efforts all, is at the top of his game in 'The Real Blonde'.

I'm not sure why this film has been overlooked. It's a minor gem. Highly recommended. Four and one-half stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SHAWN JAMES on January 6, 2005
Format: DVD
The Real Blonde is a real Gem. I missed this one in the theatres but I'm glad I caught it on at home. In the slog of bad, over budgeted, over promoted special effects laden bad movies, The Real Blonde is a true diamond in the rough. It's one of the best movies I've seen in awhile.

The Real Blonde is an ensemble movie that focuses on the lives and loves of people struggling to make it in the Film & TV industry in New York. Matthew Modine plays Joe, a 35-year old waiter who works a catering job by day and dreams of starring in a movie. In the face of constant rejection, he refuses to compromise and will only take work in a movie. His friend Bob is tired of struggling and decides to just take a job on a soap opera. (Which like the characters in the movie say isn't acting.) His dream is to fall in love with a "Real Blonde". Modine's girlfriend played by Catherine Keener is a Photographer's assistant is frustrated. There's a reason for her anger, she's unsure of her relationship, and Joe's lack of success. Joe contemplates giving up his dream, but soon after getting the after Bob meets the "Real Blonde" played by Elizabeth Berkley things seem to get better for Joe. Bob gives Joe "Madonna's number" to keep Joe's hope alive. Soon after, Joe gets a job in a Madonna video as a dancer. His girlfriend manages to make progress in a self-defense class she's taken to deal with her anger. Bob juggles a model and his soap co-star (a great Darryl Hannah) pondering which one is a "Real Blonde" while having to deal with the absurdity of fame and Soap opera plots. As the soap story stalls, (brilliant metaphor) so do the lives of our characters. Fired from the video, Joe and his girl are about to break up. Bob's soap character starts getting dull.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on February 8, 2008
Format: DVD
I recently pulled this one off the shelf and watched it again; it was actually even better than I remembered it. The plot deals with Joe (Matthew Modine) & Mary (Catherine Keener), a couple who have been together for 6 years, but definitely seem to be having their share of troubles. Joe is a struggling actor who works as a waiter to make some much needed cash; Mary is a makeup/hairstylist who has a few hangups of her own and regularly sees a therapist. During the course of the film, the relationship deteoriates, as Joe's inability to get work as an actor makes him feel inadequate and Mary tires of him being depressed. Along the way there is a subplot about Joe's waiter buddy Bob (Maxwell Caulfield), also an actor, who accepts a role on a soap opera strictly for the money; this is something Joe is initially opposed to, due to artistic integrity. Bob also has a thing for sleeping with blonde women...as long as their blonde is not from a bottle.

Catherine Keener turns in another sterling performance. You believe the tension and problems between her and Matthew Modine's character. They do not seem contrived like so many films, and it is enjoyable to watch the growth of both characters and see how their relationship ends up by the finish of the film (no plot spoiler here...).
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