The Real Blonde

Neurotic New Yorkers look for love in all the wrong places in this oh-so-trendy trifle, crawling with models, actors, artists, pop singers and sundry hangers-on. Mary (Catherine Keener) is a successful makeup artist grappling with the question of whether she hates all men or just the sleazes who hit on her all day. Joe (Matthew Modine) is her sensitive...read more

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Neurotic New Yorkers look for love in all the wrong places in this oh-so-trendy trifle, crawling with models, actors, artists, pop singers and sundry hangers-on. Mary (Catherine Keener) is a successful makeup artist grappling with the

question of whether she hates all men or just the sleazes who hit on her all day. Joe (Matthew Modine) is her sensitive but chronically unemployed actor boyfriend, who's forced to swallow his pride and suck up to powerful casting agent DeeDee Taylor (Kathleen Turner) for a bit in a Madonna video.

Joe's shallow buddy Bob (Maxwell Caulfield, affecting a dubious UK accent), meanwhile, lands a lucrative role on a trashy soap, and searches high and low -- mostly low -- for that real blonde (an unsubtle symbol of unattainable perfection) he knows is hiding a world of harshly bleached

babes. Comedy is hard, but Tom DeCillo can direct it: witness the bitterly funny LIVING IN OBLIVION. And his cast is nothing if not cool, in a bizarre "one from column A, one from column B" sort of way: smarmy shrink Buck Henry; prissy catering czar Christopher Lloyd; horny self-defense

instructor Denis Leary; kinky fashionista Marlo Thomas; GREASE 2 toy boy Caulfield, apparently looking to extricate his career from the elephant's graveyard of direct-to-video dreck; and, of course, blondes Daryl Hannah and Elizabeth Berkley (respectively real and very, very fake). But

under the veneer of hip lies a bland romantic comedy wrapped in a layer of less-than-biting lifestyle satire, whose single most authentic moment involves an old woman and her scruffy mutt Buddy. Not cool.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
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