ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: DVD
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.
Review by Louise Keller:
Released on DVD as part of Buena Vista Home Entertainment's 'Coolest DVD' package, this lightweight comedy is bubblegum for the grey cells, offering two long-legged blondes, heavy on décolletage and body hugging mini skirts. You have to be smart to play dumb, and 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.
Published: July 1, 2004
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ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: DVD (M15+)
CAST: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, Julia Campbell, Mia Cottet, Kristin Bauer, Elaine Hendrix, Vincent Ventresca, Camryn Manheim
DIRECTOR: David Mirkin
SCRIPT: Robin Schiff
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: N/a
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: BVHE
DVD RELEASE: June/July 2004