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Blonde (2001, Joyce Chopra)

What's it about? The life of Norma Jean Baker (Poppy Montgomery), and how she became Marilyn Monroe.

Who's in it? Poppy Montgomery, Patricia Richardson, Patrick Dempsey, Wallace Shawn, Griffin Dunne, Titus Welliver, Eric Bogosian, Niklaus Lange, Richard Roxburgh, Jensen Ackles, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Ann-Margret, Kirstie Alley

Why did you watch it? Poppy. Poppy being in a three-way relationship with Patrick Dempsey and Jensen Ackles in particular was too pretty a picture to pass.

Why is it worth watching? It's actually pretty good, despite its reputation. It's intriguing enough to sustain interest despite the long run time (mind you, I've seen the British DVD version, which is apparently about an hour shorter than the US TV edit) and Poppy is doing a great job making Marilyn fragile and broken without getting overtly clichéd. She looks a lot more like Marilyn Monroe during the movie than she does on the publicity stills, too.

On the other hand... It's hard to tell what's fact and what's fiction, and the movie takes a few too many liberties with the former and is too generous with the latter to work as a biopic.
I also felt slightly robbed at the ending, when they made no move to cover Marilyn's death. The ending is powerful enough to work, but in a movie on Marilyn Monroe, it's pretty outrageous to do away with her death with a puny little note during the end credits.

The final verdict: 6/10

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