Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - Movie Review

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - Movie Review

Released in 1997, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion didn’t make a huge dent in the box office, even though it featured two of the biggest stars of the 1990s; Lisa Kudrow of Friends Fame, and Mira Sorvino who had recently won an Oscar for her work in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite.

The film wasn’t exactly a bomb, but it didn’t seem to resonate much, and the critics were brutal. 

However, in the years since, something amazing happened - the film, directed by David Mirkin based on a script by Robin Schiff, went on to be a cult hit, with many, many fervent fans.

It is now widely recognized for being an incredibly funny buddy comedy starring women who weren’t too concerned with having a career or any of the trappings of “success.”

They wanted to have fun, and their friendship meant everything to them. Also, did we mention that the film is hilarious, with an excellent cast? Even the supporting characters are extremely winning, played by the talented Janeane Garafolo, Alan Cumming, and even Justin Theroux makes a brief yet memorable appearance.

Having barely survived their highschool years as veritable outcasts, Romy convinces Michelle to embark on a road trip and attend their ten-year reunion, in an attempt to put former bullies to shame.

The problem is that neither Romy nor Michelle has exactly “accomplished” much since graduating, besides getting a better fashion sense and having a ton of fun in their adopted home of Los Angeles. So, Romy conceives of a scheme to trick her former nemesis that she is actually the inventor of… Post-It Notes. 

The film just gets funnier and funnier, then culminates in one of the most ridiculously choreographed scenes ever put to film. However, what makes Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion especially memorable is that it has a big heart, and the movie is deeply touching without falling into the trap of treacly sentimentality.

Also, it is an excellent showcase for both Kudrow and Sorvino, who would move on to do even more interesting work in the years following the film’s debut. 

Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion is the perfect pick me up for anyone feeling blue. It’s a fun romp disguised as a simplistic, dumb movie - although it’s anything but. 

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