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The Real Blonde

The Real Blonde
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DVD cover
Directed by Tom DiCillo
Produced by Terry McKay
Tom Rosenberg
Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Ted Tannebaum
Marcus Viscidi
Meredith Zamsky
Richard S. Wright
Written by Tom DiCillo
Starring Matthew Modine
Catherine Keener
Maxwell Caulfield
Daryl Hannah
Bridgette Wilson
Marlo Thomas
Kathleen Turner
Elizabeth Berkley
Denis Leary
Steve Buscemi
Dave Chappelle
Christopher Lloyd
Music by Jim Farmer
Cinematography Frank Prinzi
Editing by Keiko Deguchi
Camilla Toniolo
Studio Lakeshore Entertainment
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) February 27, 1998
Running time 105 min.
Language English

The Real Blonde is a 1998 movie directed and written by Tom DiCillo. It stars Matthew Modine, Catherine Keener, and Maxwell Caulfield. The film is a satire on New York's fashion and entertainment industries.


Joe is an aspiring actor working as a bus boy in a high-class restaurant. His longtime girlfriend Mary works as a cosmetician for the fashion industry and largely supports him with her steady income. Joe is more concerned with expressing himself than getting a paying job, and has been unwilling to accept roles that do not live up to his artistic standard. Mary supports Joe, but urges him to accept any role to get his foot in the door. Meanwhile, his co-worker Bob lands a lucrative role on a soap opera. Bob is a classically trained actor, but is willing to overlook the quality of the material for the money. He also has a fetish for natural blonde women, leading him to date Sahara, a naive model, and then dump her after discovering that her hair is dyed.

Joe swallows his artistic pride and meets with an agent, Dee Dee Taylor, who arranges for him to be an extra in a Madonna video. Mary is harassed as she walks to work each day and begins taking a self-defense and anger management class on the advice of her therapist. The instructor encourages her to express her anger, and she finds the class extremely empowering. Bob is successful in his soap opera role and begins a relationship with his costar Kelly, a "real blonde".

At the Madonna video, the director treats Joe and the other extras like cattle. Joe meets Madonna's body double, Tina, a friendly aspiring actress, and gets himself fired for protesting an anti-Semitic statement made by the assistant director. Joe's firing sparks an argument between Joe and Mary. The pressure of Joe's career is straining their relationship, and they have not had sex in a long time. Mary's instructor, Doug, gives her a ride home from her class and makes a pass at her. She rebuffs him, but lies to cover up the incident to Joe. Meanwhile, Bob suffers erectile dysfunction and is unable to have sex with Kelly. She mocks his inadequacy and leaves him.

Dee Dee takes pity on Joe and allows him to audition for the role of a "sexy serial killer". He reads his lines with Tina and begins to improvise his dialogue. He impresses the producers and lands the role. Tina invites him out for a drink and he resists her advances with some difficulty. Mary meets with her therapist and tells him about her experience with her self-defense instructor. He tells her that she must become comfortable with men showing their attraction to her and begins sharing his own sexual fantasies about her. She storms out of the session. Meanwhile, Bob is negotiating a longtime contract on the soap opera, but Kelly continues to taunt him on set. Bob threatens to quit the show and then forces the producer to kill off Kelly's character.

Bob goes back to dating Sahara, with whom he is miserable. Joe breaks the big news about his role to Mary and they rejoice. Mary asks him if she is wrong for feeling angry when men hit on her. Joe supports her and threatens to beat up her therapist if he ever sees him again. They have sex for the first time in months and drift off to sleep, happy and satisfied. Mary wraps her hand around Joe's finger, revealing that his improvised monologue had been about his feelings for her.


Maxwell Caulfield does, in fact, have a background in soap operas, appearing as Miles Colby in Dynasty and its prime-time spin-off The Colbys.

Bridgette Wilson guest starred in four episodes of Saved by the Bell the sitcom which starred Elizabeth Berkley and launched her acting career.


The movie gained poor reviews.[1][2]

Box office

The movie was not a success.[3]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Box Office Mojo
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