18 user 2 critic

Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005)

In this prequel to Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, it shows Romy and Michele as they graduate in 1987, and again three years later as they take on Los Angeles. For years Romy and ... See full summary »





Complete credited cast:
Michele Weinberger (as Alex Breckenridge)


In this prequel to Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, it shows Romy and Michele as they graduate in 1987, and again three years later as they take on Los Angeles. For years Romy and Michele have been dreaming to go to L.A. and become rich and famous, but they decided to put their trip on hold while they save money. Three years have passed by and they've only managed to save $68, only $8 more than they had in high school. Despite their lack of money, they decide to go ahead with their plans to move to L.A. after seeing Pretty Woman. As the girls arrive in L.A., they decide to become prostitutes, but chicken out after their first encounter with a client. As they walk home, a man lends them a dollar for a vending machine, and Romy and Michele are arrested for prostitution. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Before they ruled the reunion, they rocked Hollywood.




TV-14 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romy and Michele: Behind the Velvet Rope  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Romy asks Michelle which star of Beverly Hills, 90210 she prefers - the show didn't start until autumn of that year (Pretty Woman was in cinemas earlier in 1990). See more »


Romy White: Why am I the only one who sees how great I am?
See more »


Spoofs A Night at the Roxbury (1998) See more »


The Power
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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Charming, amusing, "sexy" but not close to the original!
27 September 2003 | by (Casablanca) – See all my reviews

As other recent prequels Romy and Michel: In The Beginning takes the elements that already proved successful in the previous movie and changes the famous cast to a more or less unknown one being Katherine Heigl the only familiar face to the general audience.

Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow are the main reasons why the first movie worked so well and has turned out to be a surprising cult favorite over time. Also taking responsibility for the success was the amazing supporting cast and of course Robin Schiff´s script.

Schiff returns in this prequel taking also the director's chair but unfortunately the writing is miles away from the original and the talented acting is gone.

The jokes fall flat in most occasions and the idea seems anything but fresh. Kind of like in Legally Blonde 2, this has all been done in a much better way and what we're seeing is an unoriginal poor copy made to win a few more dollars.

Another movie to capitalize on the success and `name' of a past hit.

Heigl carries the whole picture taking the spotlight from the first to the last frame. Alex Breckenridge does her best not to fall behind but she's never anything but average. At least she tried to give a more personal look to the part unlike Heigl who played Mira Sorvino instead of Romy White. Not being awful the young and beautiful pair never leave the shadow of the former leading ladies. It was hard for me to accept them and I think I never really did.

The script seems to have no objective. It has the characters but doesn't know what to do with them or where to go. Schiff has the concept, the `idea' but no clue as to develop it and build an interesting story around it as in the original.

We see Romy and Michele leaving Tucson, inspired by Julia Robert's `Pretty Woman' and coming to Hollywood. Without a place to stay or money they end up being helped by a transvestite who asks them to stay at his house and take care of his cat while he travels to Europe for a sex change operation. While alone in the big city the girls make their life objective to gain entrance to the hottest disco in town: The Ozone. The rest of the movie is basically their struggle to succeed. Not very interesting to tell you the truth. There's also a sub-plot with Romy meeting a super-model but then having to choose between Michele and this fake, selfish but also famous friend. There's even some romance between Michele and some guy but it's so bad the audience never cares about.

There are of course some laughs and a few entertaining moments but in total this prequel given a direction with no style, a weak cast and a story with nothing to say is just a sad imitation of the original.

Very good to watch the leading ladies running around with some sexy outfits and a lot of skin showing though. No nudity but very sexy indeed.

Fantastic to the eyes and even a little amusing but not much more.

Stupid and sweet. For the fans? Still worth your time!

12 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page