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ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION

SYNOPSIS:
Best friends since childhood and roommates since high school graduation, party girls Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are two carefree young women living in Southern California. On hearing about the upcoming ten-year high school reunion, the pair take stock of their lives since school, and are genuinely surprised to find they have little to brag about. In order to impress their former classmates, Romy and Michele reinvent themselves, concocting a blatant, transparent lie about their success. But the well-rehearsed charade takes an unexpected turn when former classmate Heather Mooney (Janeane Garofalo) shows up and spills the beans. The devastated duo realise they should just be themselves, after all: that’s how to show ‘em.

"This lightweight comedy is bubblegum for the grey cells, offering two long-legged blondes, heavy on décolletage and body hugging mini skirts. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow are captivating as the blondes who want to impress their old high school chums with their fabricated notions. The strength of the film is in the performances of the two leads, who have great presence together, bickering about which of them is the cutest. On the surface, it is all fluff and cotton wool, but there is a darker undertone, which adds an extra punch to the gags. Sorvino and Kudrow’s timing, coupled with cute facial expressions, provide good entertainment and a visually pleasing way to pass an hour and a half. The gags are slightly offbeat; there is often a chuckle, rather than a good belly laugh. The characters have been written as stereotypes and played as caricatures. But below the flippant surface, we see flashes of insecurity and loneliness. We realise, along with Romy and Michele, that friendship is more important than the superficial trappings of success. The flash forward dream sequence to 70 years hence is a hoot, and watch out for the funny scene when Romy is paying for the loan of a Jaguar convertible. The plot is pretty predictable, but there is no pretence that this is anything but a fun frolic; one that doesn’t take itself too seriously."
Louise Keller

"The next best thing after reading 400 blonde jokes off the Internet is to spend 90 minutes with Romy and Michele. This insider’s view of the lifestyles of the vapid and brainless is made palatable by grunt in some of the jokes at everyone’s expense, and a couple of clever actresses who can play dumb and funny at the same time as being smart and sassy. Of course, you have to be smart to play dumb, and you have to have targets to hit bullseyes: so the targets are everywhere, from foul mouthed loners to fatties, to high school bitch queens who become pregnant and bland, to the nerds who only get the girls with a chopper (not their own) . . . The music (of which there is a lot) lurches from YMCA to Time After Time to Turning Japanese to the Brandenberg Concerto by Bach - not much of the latter, though. The moral, to thine own self be true, is served up with a large shovel, but what do you expect from a film that celebrates blondes in ‘fuck me’ shoes?"
Andrew L. Urban

"One would have thought that as we approach the end of the millennium, a film featuring two protagonists who are blonde airheads searching for love and success, might well be, shall we say, a tad passe. Hollywood cinema is not original at the best of times, nor is it necessarily politically correct, but dah, as Romy or Michelle might utter, we ARE in the nineties are we not? Still, there is a certain innocuous charm to this scatterbrained comedy that has the odd choice moment [a sequence in which Romy tries to pick up guys at an AA meeting comes to mind]. But generally, the film has a lifeless feel to it, due its uninspired direction and simplistic performances. Only the wonderful Garofolo takes charge and gives the movie a much-needed injection of humour. The message of the film - just be yourself and then everything else falls into place - is a noble one, but somehow, it seems, this reunion has been done to death. When you exit the cinema humming Cindy Lauper's 'Time after Time' which features prominently, you KNOW you've really missed something."
Paul Fischer

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ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (M) 15+
(US)

CAST: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, Julia Campbell, Mia Cottet, Kristin Bauer, Elaine Hendrix, Vincent Ventresca, Camryn Manheim

DIRECTOR: David Mirkin

PRODUCER: Laurence Mark

SCRIPT: Robin Schiff

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Reynaldo Villalobos

EDITOR: David Finfer

MUSIC EDITOR: Angie Rubin

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mayne Berke

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: ROADSHOW

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 22, 1997







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