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Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Just about impossible to dislike."
4 stars

I went to 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion' hoping for a tasty, colorful wad of bubble gum, and that's exactly what it is.

The movie is a celebration of its two gently daffy heroines, Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow), both closing in on thirty without any hint of growing up. Best friends since forever, they live together in their cluttered L.A. apartment, watching Pretty Woman (which they mock and cherish) and hitting dance clubs. They seem to have no other friends and no future.

Done another way, the movie could be very depressing. Instead it's, like, really fun. Romy and Michele gets a lot of mileage out of the one event that can strike terror in the most jaded Gen-X heart. The ten-year reunion demands that you be well on your way down the path to capitalist glory: house 'n' spouse, good job, maybe a rugrat or two. It's the Show and Tell from hell. Romy and Michele, staring their ten-year reunion in the face, realize they have very little to show or tell. So they fake it.

The clueless duo recast themselves as powerful career women -- self-made tycoons who allegedly invented Post-Its. And it's a tribute to the light-as-air charisma of Sorvino and especially Kudrow that we really feel a loss when they feign buttoned-down professionalism. We like them because -- like Alicia Silverstone in Clueless -- they're so completely who they are: not dummies, but postfeminist goddesses without a whole lot on their minds besides having fun, looking good, and (most important) being kind. When they fake being driven careerists out of the '80s, we experience it as a violation.

Now and then, the movie plays like a cheerful vindication of everyone who was a misfit in high school. Yes, the super-popular cheerleader wound up marrying the jock stud, but look at them ten years later, stuck in an empty marriage; she's perpetually knocked up, he's an alcoholic skirt-chaser. As the movie demonstrates, the problem with peaking in high school is ... well, you peaked in high school. Romy and Michele's aimlessness seems like a bright future in comparison.

The dorks and wimps survived and then some. One geek (Alan Cummings) became Bill Gates, while the bitter misanthrope (Janeane Garofalo, boldly tossing out the nice-girl goodwill she built in The Truth About Cats and Dogs) made her bread marketing fast-burning cigarettes for women on the move. Living well is the best revenge -- who needs Heathers? For most of us who existed in the gray area between Heather and Carrie White, Romy and Michele's triumph is our triumph.

But enough deep-dish analysis. The movie succeeds by being goofy and disposable (and, in the case of an overextended dream sequence, very disposable -- funny at first, but goes on well past its purpose). Sorvino scores laughs with that odd is-she-kidding voice of hers (it makes half her lines sound like put-ons); Kudrow may be repeating her space-girl shtick from Friends, but she's great at it.

And I haven't even mentioned the blissfully absurd dance number, a tiny classic all by itself. This is a warm pink bubble bath of a movie -- poppy, soothing, and satisfying on a very basic level.

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User Comments

10/09/15 david froman most underated comedy of the 90's 4 stars
10/22/10 Jeff Wilder Has heart. But would've benefited from a more biting approach to the material. 3 stars
9/27/07 David Duh! I am with the worst movie of 1997, and maybe beyond that! 1 stars
5/24/07 ES The movie you can't help but forget, like that one with Diaz and Applegate 3 stars
11/26/06 sirina it was such a funny movie ten stars 5 stars
12/02/05 Jennifer S. I've seen this movie many times over the years and it's ALWAYS funny!!! 5 stars
5/31/05 Emily Swenson it's wonderful 5 stars
1/15/05 Jeff Anderson Forget Lisa Kudrow, the incredibly sexy Mira Sorvino is the absolute high point in this gem 5 stars
7/18/04 Samuel A very funny movie indeed. 5 stars
6/28/04 Jack Sommersby Bubbly star performances and bouncy direction keep it watchable. 3 stars
4/16/04 Michael Greenwaldt My personal favorite comedy of all time! A smart film disguised as dumb! Great dialogue! 5 stars
5/11/03 Jack Bourbon Rent if for the in-your-face, all-out coozefest of Phoebe and Woody's Whore. 4 stars
4/03/03 R.W. Welch Has some nice touches but just par for the course overall. 3 stars
3/13/02 Kirsten Abercrombie Two leads terrific but plot flawed and Jeneane Garofello just a plain gross-out. 4 stars
1/31/02 Geo7654 Okay, but not as good as it could've been, and sometimes annoying. 3 stars
1/12/02 Andrew Carden It May Sound Strange, but This Was Very Realistic. 5 stars
9/12/01 Butterbean A cute movie. 3 stars
8/22/01 Ginger I think the movie is really good due to Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, and Alan Cumming. 5 stars
8/09/01 Audra I loved it, Lisa Kudrow and Allan Cumming rule! 5 stars
1/28/01 Nic I cry laughing EVERY time I watch this movie. It's on my list of BEST movies.. ever!!! 5 stars
8/31/00 Terrie Smith On the silly side, of course, but Kudrow and Sorvino make it work. 4 stars
5/13/00 Daria Top-notch silly fun 5 stars
4/13/00 Elvisfan The dance number bet. the girls & Alan Cummings made the movie 4 stars
2/14/00 steve layne The jokes are extremely unfunny, but the movie is semi-entertaining and the music is great. 3 stars
2/05/00 Kyle Broflovski "I LOVED it, Stan!" "Me too, Kyle!" "AHHH!!!!" :-) 5 stars
4/10/99 Tristynn Am I, like 14 again??. Loved it.. great soundtrack, the memories it stirred up.. ahhh... 5 stars
2/02/99 Michelle Me Belle I just love this movie! Its so cute and funny, teh characters are great! 5 stars
12/21/98 PirateGirl Even though it means I have to disagree with Pete -- watch it drunk, with girlfriends! 5 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob Why can't I hate this movie more...it just kinda creeps in there. 3 stars
10/23/98 grunter caught me totally offguard; modern screwball comedy that works; rewards repeat views. 5 stars
10/05/98 katherine i like it, but a little dumb 4 stars
9/22/98 Jason Rosenbaum Hands down worst movie of 1997. Lisa Kudrow must be killed. 1 stars
9/22/98 Rob Forey Funny but very predictable, Lisa Kudrow is great in it. They both look awesome! 3 stars
9/06/98 Admiral Mung Bean Soda (+/- 12db) Good fun fluff for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Janeane Garofalo rocks, as usual. 4 stars
8/28/98 Mister Whoopee Would have got low scores if not for the presence of Garofalo, who never disappoints. 3 stars
8/25/98 Miss Stress it had it's comedic value. 3 stars
8/20/98 Pete I HATE THIS CRAPFEST. It was as annoying as 12 year old girls. Grrr arrgh. 1 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} Saved by Kudrow, Mira's okay, the jokes are sometimes funny and the story? It's okay. 4 stars
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  25-Apr-1997 (R)



Directed by
  David Mirkin

Written by
  Robin Schiff

  Mira Sorvino
  Lisa Kudrow
  Janeane Garofalo
  Alan Cumming
  Julia Campbell
  Mia Cottet

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