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Film / The Real Blonde

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A 1997 dramedy written and directed by Tom Di Cillo. It is largely a satire of the New York arts scene.

The film follows two struggling actors, Joe (Matthew Modine) and Bob (Maxwell Caulfield), and the trials they face in their careers and love lives. Joe's career is floundering, but he's in a committed relationship with a makeup artist, Mary (Catherine Keener). Meanwhile, Bob swallows his pride to take a lucrative soap opera role while sleeping his way through the city in his search for a "real blonde."

It also stars Daryl Hannah, Elizabeth Berkley, Marlo Thomas, Bridgette Wilson, Buck Henry, Christopher Lloyd, and Kathleen Turner.

The movie was released on September 14, 1997.

Tropes for the film:

  • Casting Gag: Maxwell Caulfield plays an actor who is embarrassed to be appearing on a soap opera. Caulfield was himself was a former soap opera actor.
  • Classically-Trained Extra: Bob lands a lucrative job on a soap opera. Despite the fame and wealth, he hates the role and recites Shakespeare in his dressing room.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: The film takes its title from Bob's obsession over natural blondes. He dumps Sahara after discovering that her hair is dyed before finding a real blonde in Kelly.
  • Horrible Hollywood: The movie satirizes the shallowness and dysfunction of the New York fashion and cinema scene.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Bob cannot perform after seducing a coveted "real blonde". After she humiliates him, and he gets his revenge, he goes back to a fake blonde.
  • Only in It for the Money: Bob wants to be a Shakespearean actor but takes a role on a soap opera, a genre he hates, because it pays a lot of money.