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Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

R | | Comedy | 25 April 1997 (USA)
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Two dim-witted, inseparable friends hit the road for their ten-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates.

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David Mirkin

Writers:

Robin Schiff (play), Robin Schiff (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mira Sorvino ... Romy White
Lisa Kudrow ... Michele Weinberger
Janeane Garofalo ... Heather Mooney
Alan Cumming ... Sandy Frink
Julia Campbell ... Christie Masters
Mia Cottet ... Cheryl Quick
Kristin Bauer van Straten ... Kelly Possenger (as Kristin Bauer)
Elaine Hendrix ... Lisa Luder
Vincent Ventresca ... Billy Christianson
Camryn Manheim ... Toby Walters
Justin Theroux ... Cowboy
Jacob Vargas ... Ramon
Tami-Adrian George ... Receptionist at 'Singled Out'
Neil Dickson ... Boutique Manager
E.J. Callahan ... Mr. Lish
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Storyline

Romy and Michele have been through it all, including being tortured by the Popular crowd when in high school. When they receive word of a 10 year reunion, they come to realize their lives aren't as impressive as they'd like them to be. Instead of staying home they go to the reunion with business outfits, cell phones, and one heck of a bogus success story. Written by Movie Guy-27

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romy y Michele See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,429,406, 27 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,205,077, 17 August 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Christy played a trick on Michelle by putting magnets on her back brace. The actress who played Christy, Julia Campbell, wore a back brace in real life when she developed scoliosis at age 11. At 15, she had to have corrective surgery when her spine started cutting into her right lung. She has since recovered but cannot partake in any physical activities that puts pressure on her spine. See more »

Goofs

When Romy and Michele are looking at Vogue magazine, the cat licks its leg or the ham, depending on the shot. See more »

Quotes

Michele: You know, even though we've watched Pretty Woman like thirty-six times, I never get tired of making fun of it.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema version (rated 12) removes all profanity and inserts inoffensive replacements, along with removing some sexual references:
  • [Reel 1] Heather telling Toby to "fuck off" is replaced with "bug off".
  • [Reel 2] Same as the first cut (when Toby interrupts Heather and Sandy at the prom).
  • Heather asking Clarence "Why don't you go fuck a sheep..." is replaced with "wed a sheep".
  • [Reel 3] When Ramon asks Romy for a favour at the car dealership, the second half of their fake sex dialogue is cut. "Man stallion, fill me with your giant love wand" up to and including "Oh Ramon, your penis is so powerful, I'm coming" is removed.
  • [Reel 4] Heather telling Toby to "fuck off" after being asked for a name tag is removed.
  • Heather's line "I already asked Toby dumb-fuck" is replaced with "dumb-butt".
  • [Reel 5] Romy's line "Now we're just a fucking joke" is replaced with "stupid joke" (this cut persists in the American video version).
  • Romy telling Christy "We don't give a flying fuck what you think" is replaced with "flying frog".
  • Toby telling Heather "And please don't tell me to fuck off" is replaced with "bug off".
  • Heather telling Clarence "If you fuck with me, in any way..." is replaced with "mess with me".
All UK video versions are uncut and rated 15. See more »

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Referenced in The Comeback: Valerie Demands Dignity (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Blood and Roses
Written by Pat DiNizio
Performed by The Smithereens
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Sex-change for "Dumb & Dumber" : blondes have more fun
21 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (1997) ***1/2 Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming.

Hysterically funny comedy about two best friends/roomies Sorvino and Kudrow (think female "Dumb and Dumber") facing their 10th high school reunion and, realizing their lives are not worth really bragging about, coming up with pseudo lives. Lots of belly laughs especially Kudrow's explanation of how Post-It glue is made and her run in with a limo. Garofalo is a scream as their fellow bitter alumni. Kudos to costumer Mona Maya's outlandishly colorful creations, Robin Schiff's kitschy screenplay based on her play "Ladies' Room" and a waycool soundtrack of ersatz 80s tunes (best one: The Smithereen's "Blood & Roses" to start off the flashback). Directed in high comic style and snappish glee by David Mirkin.


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