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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

Comedy

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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

The "cowboy" character is played by Justin Theroux. In 2015 he married Jennifer Aniston who also starred in Friends with Lisa Kudrow. See more »

Goofs

After talking to Heather, Romy makes the next woman wait. When the woman's back is to the camera, her elbow's on the counter, her chin being supported by her hand. This is not so when she is facing the camera. See more »

Quotes

Romy: Heather, um, has anyone ever told you that smoking can kill you?
Heather: No. No one. Thank you.
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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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Soundtracks

Addicted to Love
Written and Performed by Robert Palmer
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & T.V. Licensing
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Kudrow and Sorvino in short dresses: all the recommendation I need.
27 December 2009 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I don't find Romy and Michele's High School Reunion to be as funny as some seem to—just consistently amusing—but I still like it: it has a warmth and charm that you don't find in many Hollywood films, a few profound points to make about life and true happiness, and two absolute babes with amazing legs—and sometimes, that's enough.

The lovely Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from Friends) and the possibly even lovelier Mira Sorvino play lifelong pals Romy and Michele, a pair of ditzy blondes sharing an apartment in Los Angeles. In the ten years since graduating high school, the girls have led a carefree existence together, avoiding responsibility during the day in minimum wage jobs, and partying at night.

When they discover that their high school in Tuscon is holding a class reunion, Romy and Michele decide to attend, but on realising that their lack of accomplishment over the last decade is unlikely to impress, they concoct a story to make themselves appear successful. Of course, the whole deception crashes around their ears, but through the experience, Romy and Michele discover that their lives have been much richer than they had realised.

The comedy of Romy and Michele veers towards the extremely silly at times, and is unlikely to appeal to those who enjoy more cerebral humour, but the underlying, heartfelt messages, the effervescent performances from its likable (and luscious) leads, excellent support from Janeane Garofolo (as class grouch Heather Mooney) and Alan Cumming (as nerd-turned-millionaire Sandy Frink), and spirited direction from David Mirkin are guaranteed to provide a fun time for all but the most joyless of souls.


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