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The Real Blonde

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dated '90s satire filled with sex talk and profanity.

Movie R 1997 105 minutes
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In content, themes, and pacing, THE REAL BLONDE is an adult movie with adult concerns. It's both a satire and a reflection on the acting life, the objectification of beauty (in both genders), and the difficulties in maintaining long-term relationships in the midst of urban life. The all-star cameos -- everyone from Steve Buscemi and Dave Chappelle to Denis Leary -- pop in and out of the scenes. It's an earnest movie with plenty of messages, but the problem is that the messages don't offer any fresh perspectives. Acting is a tough racket, there are a lot of creeps who live in the big city, media objectifies beauty, and so on.

This is a '90s movie that hasn't aged well and not only because of the fashions. It's not a horrible movie; it's just that others (those made by Woody Allen, for instance) have explored similar themes and done it better.

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