Totally Blonde (2001) So Blonde It's Good November 24, 2022 12:43
Meg Peters (Krista Allen) is tired of the revolving door her dating life has become, she even has a wall in her apartment dedicated to her past dates and what was wrong with them. So she bleaches her hair and tests the theory that blondes have more fun. Not soon after this transformation she meets Van Martin (Michael Bublé), the owner and singer of a local swing night club. Meg and Van hit it off, Van is clearly smitten with her, but Meg quickly puts his photo up on her wall with the notation of "friend", because like everyone else, he doesn't meet all the criteria of the man she's dreamed of being with. That man, she thinks, is Brad Wilson (Brody Hutzler), a former high school crush and surf mimbo whom she runs into at the beach while enjoying the day with Van.
Van goes out of his way to reconnect the two, thinking it will somehow win him points with Meg, but instead it sparks a relationship that leaves Van holding the bag. When Van realizes he's stuck in the "friend zone", he soon finds comfort in the arms of Meg's best friend Liv Watson (Maeve Quinlan) which causes Meg to question if she's made the right decision picking the immature former high school "hunk". Will she realize the mistake she's made before it's too late, or will the revolving door of her dating life keep spinning out of control?
Totally Blonde is a film that requires an asterisk denoting it as a guilty pleasure. About five minutes in you may contemplate jumping ship due to the campiness level, yet something kept me watching. It must have been the strange mashup of bad sketch comedy style acting (including at least three rip-offs of classic Jim Carey one-liners) mixed in with the standard romantic comedy film tropes, all helps to keep you guessing whether this is supposed to be a farce or a legitimate romantic comedy.
One notable surprise is the performance from then unknown singer Michael Bublé, who in a film this messy actually gives a moderately good performance, the songs are enjoyable, and overall he helps to ground a story-line that would otherwise be an unmitigated mess. As for Krista Allen there is no denying her sexual draw, but her portrayal of the ditsy blonde is more akin to an extreme over-the-top impersonation of Pamela Anderson. It takes a little time to get used to, but the offset to Bublé's performance helps to balance it out.
Overall, while Totally Blonde is by no means a well made film but it has it's moments and none of them are slow or dull, in fact the progression of the plot and the relationships between certain characters progresses comically fast. It morphs the popular phrase, "so bad it's good", into "so blonde it's good". Whether it's supposed to be a farce on the popular film genre, or an actual bizarre attempt at a legit romantic comedy, it oddly enough has some redeeming factors even though it's a complete mess of a film. If you're a fan of romantic comedies, Krista Allen or Michael Bublé, then I would say give it a watch. If you could care less about any of those three then it probably won't be your cup of tea.