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Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  30 May 2005 (USA)
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This time around it's 1987, and new high school graduates Romy and Michele are desperate to get away from their hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Their goal is to leave their square town behind ... See full summary »

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This time around it's 1987, and new high school graduates Romy and Michele are desperate to get away from their hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Their goal is to leave their square town behind and be amongst the beautiful, hip people in Hollywood, California, where they can realize their dream of socializing with the rich and famous. Their lives would be complete if they could just get into the celebrity-laden Ozone, the hottest nightclub in Los Angeles. It takes them three years to save up enough money, and find the right outfits to wear, but once in Hollywood, the lovable and lucky duo's escapades lead them to a cast of characters who keep their lives from being anything but square. Written by Galen <jawbreaker1488@yahoo.com>

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Before they ruled the reunion, they rocked Hollywood.

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Shot as a pilot for a TV series in 2002. The networks passed on making it into a weekly show, so it was shelved and ultimately aired as a movie of the week in 2005. See more »

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When the two are driving to the concert at the end of the film, one of Michelle's earrings is missing. When they arrive at the venue it has reappeared. See more »

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Iowa Tourist: [he thinks they are hookers by how they are dressed] Here, girls.
[he hands them a dollar for a soda]
Iowa Tourist: I will pray for God to lead you to a better life.
Michele Weinberger: Thanks. Wow, people in LA are just so nice.
Police Officer: LAPD. You're under arrest.
[she pushes them up against the soda machines]
Police Officer: Hands against the machines.
Michele Weinberger: Under arrest for what?
Police Officer: Solicitation.
Romy White: What? We even haven't had sex... in like months.
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Follows Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) See more »

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Produced and Performed by Snap
Written by The 45 King (as DJ Mark the 45 King), Chill Rob G, and Snap
Courtesy of Arista/BMG Records
By Arrangement with BMG Special Markets
© 1990 BMG Ariola München GmbH
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In the beginning was the word, and the word was "Whatever."
21 September 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

"Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" was an amusing trifle of a movie helped enormously by Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino and Janeane Garofalo. "Romy and Michele: In The Beginning" is also an amusing trifle of a movie, but not helped much by Katherine Heigl.

Robin Schiff, returning to her characters to write and direct this TV movie with our heroines before they claimed to invent Post-It notes, delivers a pretty decent script that passes the time well - this may be the only TV movie in history where a character celebrates her man-to-woman surgery with a "coming off" party (I understand this was made for the ABC Family Channel in America; over here cable won't show it until after the watershed). The story isn't original, but at least the dreaded sitcom misunderstandings aren't dwelt on for the bulk of the movie (Romy thinks their male neighbours are gay; the one Michele falls in love with thinks they're drag queens), allowing us to get on with the 1990s nostalgia and the friendship strains, and the movie surprisingly keeps from making the evil publicist's doomed-to-failure picks for success (Richard Greico, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane") into a strained running gag.

Though amusing and likable, the trouble with this movie is that Katherine Heigl as Romy spends more time impersonating Lisa Kudrow and doing it gratingly (she's a lot better now on "Grey's Anatomy"), and as a lot of the movie centres on her character the entire proceedings suffer. (And kudos to the other poster who pointed out that Lisa Kudrow didn't play Romy in the movie in the first place, something I admit I'd forgotten until now...) Fortunately, Alex Breckenridge is better as Michele, and it's always a treat to see Paula Abdul (although the less said about the cover of "Opposites Attract" the better). And as for Kelly Brook (!) as supermodel Linda Fashionella... well, the movie does deserve praise for having both Paula Abdul and Kelly Brook in the first place.

You could do a lot worse. And it's fun to hear my two favourite moled brunettes (Paula and Cindy Crawford) get name-checked in the same movie.


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