The Real Blonde


(out of 5)

Adults sabotaging perfectly good relationships with stubborn hangups is the focus of Tom DiCillo’s heartfelt romantic comedy/drama. A struggling actor () pounds the New York City pavement between days waiting tables, trying to get a foothold in a career that has dogged him for years. His frustrated girlfriend () has decided to take a self-defence course to deal with the sexual harassment she faces in her day-to-day life. The supermodel () she does hair and makeup for is in love with Modine’s actor friend (), but like every other time she gives her heart to a man, she’s in danger of losing everything to someone who only wants what’s on the outside. A host of excellent supporting roles also appear, including a stunning as a soap opera actress,  as a cutthroat talent agent and an awkward but pleasantly sweet as Madonna’s body double in a video Modine gets hired to appear in. The central relationship between Modine and Keener is the film’s best asset, however, and they both shine. This is one of the more involving entries in the New-York-witty-conversation genre.

USA, 1997

Directed by

Screenplay by Tom DiCillo

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

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