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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 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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The Blonde Leading The Blonde. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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Trivia

Vincent Ventresca appeared in two episodes of "Friends"; which co-starred Lisa Kudrow. See more »

Goofs

When Michele is in the car drinking her Diet Coke, lipstick appears and disappears from the straw and at one point the cup disappears and is replaced by a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. See more »

Quotes

Heather: Why don't you tell everyone I said to go fuck themselves for making my teen years a living hell?
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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".
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Connections

Referenced in Josie and the Pussycats (2001) See more »

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Blue Danube Waltz
Written by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Alf Clausen
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Has its moments
17 June 2010 | by moviesleuth2See all my reviews

"Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" is a movie that I've heard about for a long time, having seen the video stored at someone's house or whatnot. But I've never gotten a chance to see this movie until now. The verdict is while there are some funny moments, and the ending is good, there are enough dead spots to only get it a lukewarm recommendation.

Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are two best friends...and first class ditzes. Both of their IQs are far below what is considered normal, and the term "Valley Girl" seems to have been tailor made for them. They are living "stylishly" in LA when an old school chum Heather Mooney (Janeane Garafalo) tells them about their high school reunion. But seeing as the only reason to go to the high school reunion is to boast about their careers (neither Romy or Michele has an enviable job), they decide to lie and pass themselves off as rich and wealthy business women. And the creators of Post-It Notes.

The problem with the film is that it's too plot heavy for its own good. These two bimbos are hilarious in their own right, but Robin Schiff's screenplay (based on her play) spends too much time developing the story and not enough time letting the characters be themselves. There are plenty of flashbacks about how the Queen Bees of their school bullied them, but this material comes off as cruel, rather than funny. The movie is at it's best when it allows them to be the ultra-dim bulbs that they are, but there just aren't enough of these moments.

Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino are terrific as the leads. Romy is the smarter one, although that's not saying much. Neither one is a stranger to playing a mental vacuum, and they're pretty funny. Surprisingly, Janeane Garafalo is ineffective as the cynical Heather. The character has to add a dose of emotional damage to her character, but Garafalo goes way far over the top. Garafalo can play a dramatic character, but she's just not very good in this film. Alan Cumming is good as the geek who has long held a torch for Michele. Camryn Manheim steals her scenes as the organizer. She's one of those people who is so into this thing that she doesn't realize that no one else really cares. We all know someone like this, and that's what makes it funny.

Some people have been calling this a chick flick, and that's not necessarily true. It's not a sappy romance, and while the central characters are girls, the humor is such that members of both sexes can get it.

Fluff, but not that great fluff.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$29,235,353

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,235,353
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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