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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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A Comedy of Blonders. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$29,205,077
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The car dealership in the film where Mira Sorvino's character works is called Rusnak - located in Pasadena, California on Colorado Blvd. See more »

Goofs

When Toby announces Sandy Frink's arrival, there is a close-up of her mouthing "Come on," but we don't hear it, we only hear a giggle. See more »

Quotes

Michele: Did you lose weight?
Romy: Actually, I have been trying this new fat free diet I invented. All I've had to eat for the past six days are gummy bears, jelly beans, and candy corns.
Michele: God, I wish I had your discipline.
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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 »

Connections

Followed by Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

No One Is to Blame
Written and Performed by Howard Jones
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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blonde misfits
16 November 2005 | by nobbytatoesSee all my reviews

Romy and Michele have been friends since school. They stick to each other and just have the best time together. In school they were outcasts but it never phased them one bit. They currently reside in L.A. and are exactly how they were in school. When they hear that there is a high school reunion, they are over joyed about going back to meet everyone again; even their nemesis the A group. But they realise that people might not be impressed with their lives, so they think of a lie that makes them look really successful. But from this simple lie their friendship is broken apart and are made the laughing stock at the reunion.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion is a great little comedy of nostalgia; looking back upon school years, the fashion, the music and how people were back then; seeing that they've changed or just stayed completely the same.

Overall this doesn't say much; there is that moral that friendship is the most important and to stand by your friends in any situation. There is that idea also that when people look back upon school years people realise if they were liked or not; Christy and the A group finding they were the most hated and despised and that the 'freaks' of school go on to be the most successful.

Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow fit their characters perfectly; giving so much energy and naivety to them. Janeane Garofalo was great as the surly, fowl mouthed Heather Mooney and Alan Cumming as the nerdy Sandy Frink is also great.

It isn't the best comedy, but its still a great watch. Makes you look upon your own school years.


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