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review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday, June 23 8/7c on Lifetime
This is a really sleazy story, but unfortunately it's pretty much all true. The
performances are great, and the story moves along well. My only criticism would
be that they sort of give away the ending at the very beginning. I guess they
think it's kind of foreshadowing or a tease, but I think it would have been
better if they had left it until the end. It would have been more of a shocker.
Garrett Dillahunt ("Raising Hope") stars as
this creepy middle-aged guy, Thomas, who works at some plant
in the midwest. His best friend is this younger guy, Brian,
who is taking classes and hopes to leave the plant for a
better life. Thomas' wife is Carol (Laura San Giacomo, whom
they had to make look frumpy). They have two beautiful
daughters, and from all accounts, they are a typical
Thomas is a good dad and is very involved in
his daughters' activities, even coaching their swim team.
He and his wife seem to work hard and love each other, but
they are getting older and more tired, and they don't have
much sex any more. Thomas goes out to play poker with
Brian and some other guys at the plant one night a week.
Then they invite him to play online poker with him. This is
where it starts to get interesting. I thought maybe we would
see that Thomas got a gambling addiction or something, but
instead he meets up with this girl, Katie, online. She is
young and pretty, so he lies that he is, too. He tells her
that he's a soldier headed to Afghanistan. They start up an
This happens in real life a lot. I know a
married couple that this happened to, in fact. What makes
this story worse than your average martial affair, online or
otherwise, is that Thomas has a screw loose and does some
terrible things, and Katie is also not normal, either.
The actors do a fantastic job. The story has
some good twists in it. Courtney Cox directs the movie and
also has a small part as Carol's work friend. I didn't
know it was her for sure at first because she, too, looks
"normal", is not wearing much make-up.
You can read about the real story
here. I would suggest you watch the movie first, though.
It's very good, and chilling.
COURTENEY COX DIRECTS AND PRODUCES LIFETIME
ORIGINAL MOVIE TALL HOT BLONDE
Film Starring GARRET DILLAHUNT and LAURA SAN GIACOMO in
Tantalizing True Story about the Dangers of Online Affairs
to Premiere June 23
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 29, 2012) – Golden Globe® nominee
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town, Friends) goes behind the camera
and into the director’s chair, marking her longform
directorial debut, in the Lifetime Original Movie Tall Hot
Blonde, premiering Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 8:00PM ET/PT.
Distributed by Sony Pictures Television and based on a true
story, Tall Hot Blonde follows the life of Thomas Montgomery
(Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope, No Country for Old Men), a
married father of two young daughters who gets seduced by
the world of online gambling and chat rooms where a virtual
romance and sexual obsession ultimately leads to the murder
of an innocent man. Cox also appears in the original movie.
Thomas Montgomery, a middle-aged, hard-working family man,
finds reprieve from his humdrum life by playing online poker
with his buddies. During one of his poker games, he receives
an invitation to chat with an 18-year-old girl with the
screen name, “Talhotblond.” Introducing himself as a younger
U.S. Marine “Tommy,” they begin an online relationship that
quickly develops into a sexual obsession. Sensing Thomas’
emotional distance and detachment, his wife Carol (Laura San
Giacomo, Just Shoot Me, Pretty Woman) unearths her husband’s
cyber affair and puts an end to it by revealing to
“Talhotblond” that he is not who claims to be, but in
reality a married father of two. Infuriated and betrayed by
his lies, “Talhotblond” begins to flirt online with Thomas’
co-worker, Brian (Brando Eaton, Dexter, The Secret Life of
the American Teenager), leading to jealousy and, ultimately,
murder. This shocking true story reveals how easily the line
between virtual reality and the truth can be blurred when
hiding behind a keyboard online.
Tall Hot Blonde is produced by Motion Picture Corporation of
America in association with Silver Screen Pictures and
distributed by Sony Pictures Television. It is executive
produced by Brad Krevoy (Emmy and Golden Globe-winning
Taking Chance) Alexandre Coscas and Francisco Gonzalez and
is directed by Courteney Cox. Trent Haaga (Damage Control)
wrote the screenplay which is based on the documentary "talhotblond"
by Barbara Schroeder.
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Interview with Laura San Giacomo
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