Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
|Romy and Michele's |
High School Reunion
|Directed by||David Mirkin|
|Screenplay by||Robin Schiff|
|Based on||Ladies Room|
by Robin Schiff
|Produced by||Laurence Mark|
|Edited by||David Finfer|
|Music by||Steve Bartek|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Box office||$29.2 million|
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion is a 1997 American comedy film directed by David Mirkin and starring Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, and Janeane Garofalo. The plot revolves around two 28-year-old women who appear to have not achieved much success in life, and decide to invent fake careers to impress former classmates at their ten-year high school reunion. The characters are taken from the stage play Ladies Room, which also featured Kudrow.
Romy White and Michele Weinberger (Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow) live together in Venice, Los Angeles, California. Romy works as a cashier in the service department at a Jaguar dealership and Michele is unemployed. They are single, unambitious, and enjoy a casual lifestyle. While working, Romy encounters former high school classmate, Heather Mooney (Janeane Garofalo), who informs Romy about their upcoming ten-year high school reunion in Tucson, Arizona.
As high school students in 1987, they were picked on by the "A-Group", led by cheerleader Christie Masters (Julia Campbell), who humiliates them repeatedly. Finally, at the prom, Christie tricks Romy into believing that her boyfriend Billy Christianson (Vincent Ventresca) was in love with Romy, and had dumped Christie to be with Romy. Romy waits all night to dance with Billy, who had already left with Christie. Michele dances with her instead.
Romy realizes that their lack of achievements will not make a good impression at the reunion. Desperate to impress their former classmates, Romy and Michele make last-ditch attempts to improve themselves, hoping to avoid being bullied again.
Having failed to secure better jobs and boyfriends, Romy and Michele decide to fake success by showing up in an expensive car and business suits. Romy borrows a nice car from her workplace, and Michele makes their outfits. En route to the reunion, they decide to claim that they invented the Post-it Note, believing that no one will know better. They argue over the details of their lie, which escalates into an argument about their friendship. They decide to go their separate ways once they reach the reunion.
At the reunion, Michele hears Romy claiming that she invented Post-its by herself. Michele convinces the A-Group she invented a special kind of glue. Sandy Frink (Alan Cumming), the nerd who had a crush on Michele in high school, has become wealthy and attractive since high school, and hits on Michele after hitting her with his limo. Billy and Romy reunite and hit it off. Both Romy and Michele win awards as the "Most Changed For the Better Since High School" members of their graduating class, but still refuse to speak with each other. Seventy years later, an elderly Michele learns that Romy is on her deathbed, and calls her to make amends. However, they rehash the same argument and Romy dies without resolving their issues.
Michele wakes up alone in the car, realizing that she was dreaming. At the reunion, Romy starts to tell the Post-it story, but Heather blows the lie by revealing the real inventor’s name. Christie and her friends taunt Romy, and Michele ineptly defends her. Romy runs out, and Michele chases after her. They reconcile and decide to be themselves instead of trying to impress other people. They change into brightly colored homemade outfits and return to the reunion.
They confront Christie, who makes fun of their clothes. Former A-Group girl Lisa Luder (Elaine Hendrix), now a fashion editor, announces that the outfits are actually "not bad". Christie verbally attacks Lisa, who coolly dismisses her. The other A-Group girls abandon Christie, while everyone else congratulates Romy and Michele. Heather apologizes to Romy and Michele and admits she was miserable in high school because she was in love with Sandy, who was in love with Michele. Romy and Michele comfort her by reminding her that she was always successful at making classmate Toby Walters (Camryn Manheim) miserable.
Sandy, who turns out to be an actual billionaire, arrives via helicopter. He confesses that he still loves Michele and asks her to dance with him. Michele agrees, as long as Romy can dance with them. After their interpretive dance to Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" receives huge applause, Sandy escorts them to his helicopter. On their way out, they encounter Billy. Once a fit and handsome athlete, he is now an overweight alcoholic who is married to Christie, has a dead-end job working for Christie’s father, and is unsure if he is the father of her latest pregnancy. He hits on Romy, who tells him to wait for her in his hotel room. She then leaves the reunion with Michele as the two women join Sandy in his helicopter. The reunion guests watch as the helicopter takes off.
Six months later, back in Los Angeles, Romy and Michele use money loaned to them by Sandy to open a successful fashion boutique.
- Mira Sorvino as Romy White
- Lisa Kudrow as Michele Weinberger
- Janeane Garofalo as Heather Mooney
- Alan Cumming as Sandy Frink
- Julia Campbell as Christie Masters
- Vincent Ventresca as Billy Christianson
- Camryn Manheim as Toby Walters
- Mia Cottet as Cheryl Quick
- Elaine Hendrix as Lisa Luder
- Kristin Bauer as Kelly Possenger
- Jacob Vargas as Ramon
- Justin Theroux as Clarence the Cowboy
- Tate Taylor as Casey Deegan
- Rick Pasqualone as Mark Black
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 73% based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 6.19/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion has an admittedly slight premise, but it's elevated by ample heart, an infectiously playful spirit, and the buoyant chemistry of Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 59 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.
The film won and was nominated for a number of awards throughout 1998.
|1998||MTV Movie Awards||MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence||Mira Sorvino
Television pilot and prequel
An earlier incarnation of the Romy and Michele characters appeared in a sitcom pilot called Just Temporary. Based on the stage play Ladies Room, the pilot was written by the play's author, Robin Schiff. Both Lisa Kudrow and Christie Mellor reprised their roles from the play for the pilot. Although the show was not picked up for the fall schedule, NBC did air the pilot on September 1, 1999.
|Romy and Michele's High school Reunion: |
"Original Soundtrack" /
"More Music from the Motion Picture"
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||April 15, 1997(album 1) |
August 19, 1997 (album 2)
November 18, 1997 (Double Features re-release)
|Genre||Alternative pop/rock, alternative indie rock, club/dance, contemporary pop/rock, dance-pop, new wave, punk, synth pop|
|Length||39:14 (album 1) |
47:08 (album 2)
86:22 (Double Features re-release)
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|Allmusic (second album)|||
|Discogs (first album)|||
|Discogs (second album)|||
Two soundtrack albums featuring music from Romy and Michele's High School Reunion were released in 1997 courtesy of Hollywood Records. The first album, titled "Original Soundtrack", was made available ten days before the official North American film release, while the second album, "More Music From the Motion Picture", was released four months later. Due to copyright issues, several songs which featured in the film, did not appear on either soundtrack album; songs omitted include the film's opening song "Just a Girl" by No Doubt, "Y.M.C.A." by Village People, "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer, "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper, "Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)" by Sub Sub, featuring Melanie Williams, "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins, "Hello Trouble" by The Desert Rose Band, "Don't Get Me Wrong" by The Pretenders and "Have a Good Time" by Talawah Crew. Both albums were reissued as a 2-CD set as part of the Double Features series.
- Original Soundtrack
|1.||"Our Lips Are Sealed"||Terry Hall, Jane Wiedlin||The Go-Go's||2:45|
|2.||"Venus"||Robbie van Leeuwen||Bananarama||3:39|
|3.||"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"||Burt Bacharach, Hal David||Naked Eyes||3:41|
|4.||"Dance Hall Days"||Darren Costin, Nick Feldman, Jack Hues||Wang Chung||3:58|
|5.||"Turning Japanese"||David Fenton||The Vapors||3:44|
|6.||"Blood and Roses"||Pat DiNizio||The Smithereens||3:36|
|7.||"Karma Chameleon"||George O'Dowd, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay, Phil Pickett||Culture Club||4:12|
|8.||"I Want Candy"||Bert Berns, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer||Bow Wow Wow||2:46|
|9.||"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"||Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes||Tears for Fears||4:12|
|10.||"Heaven Is a Place on Earth"||Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley||Belinda Carlisle||4:11|
|11.||"We Got the Beat"||Charlotte Caffey||The Go-Go's||2:30|
- More Music from the Motion Picture
|1.||"Everybody Have Fun Tonight"||Nick Feldman, Jack Hues, Peter Wolf||Wang Chung||4:44|
|2.||"Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)"||Moon Martin||Robert Palmer||3:11|
|3.||"Whip It"||Gerald Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh||Devo||2:38|
|4.||"Stayin' Alive"||Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Dale Longworth, Kevin O'Toole, Ricardo Lythe||N-Trance||4:02|
|5.||"She Blinded Me with Science"||Thomas Dolby, Jo Kerr||Thomas Dolby||5:08|
|6.||"Cruel Summer"||Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Keren Woodward||Bananarama||3:29|
|7.||"No One Is to Blame"||Howard Jones||Howard Jones||4:11|
|8.||"Steppin' Out"||Joe Jackson||Joe Jackson||4:19|
|9.||"You Keep Me Hangin' On"||Holland-Dozier-Holland||Kim Wilde||4:15|
|10.||"I Think We're Alone Now"||Ritchie Cordell||Tiffany Darwish||3:47|
|11.||"Be My Lover"||Melanie Thornton, Uli Brenner, Gerd Amir Saraf, Lane McCray||La Bouche||4:00|
|12.||"Together Forever"||Stock Aitken Waterman||Rick Astley||3:24|
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- Romy and Michele's High School Reunion at Rotten Tomatoes
- "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
- "Find CinemaScore" (Type "Romy" in the search box). CinemaScore. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
- Romy and Michele's High School Reunion at Box Office Mojo
- "Original Soundtrack: Romy & Michele's High School Reunion". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
- "More Music from the Motion Picture: Romy & Michele's High School Reunion". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
- "Romy And Michele's High School Reunion (Original Soundtrack)". Discogs. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
- "Various – Romy And Michele's High School Reunion (More Music From The Motion Picture)". Discogs. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
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