Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
Reviewed on 2011 January 7
Funny film about two picked-on high school bubbleheads who decide they’re going to go to their ten-year reunion, despite their non-glamorous lives.
Romy White (Mira Sorvino) and Michele Weinberger (Lisa Kudrow) are life-long best friends. They left behind their home town of Tucson and their high school tormentors, and while they’re not living the high life in L.A., at least they made it to California. Romy runs into the class goth (Janeane Garofalo) and learns that the dreaded ten-year reunion is looming. Torn between a desire to show up the dreaded alpha female Christy Masters (Julia Campbell) and her posse, and the realization that they really don’t have anything to brag about, they hatch a plan only two airheads could attempt.
I have a soft spot for this goofy film because this was more like my high school than most other things I’d seen: a clique of snotty kids, a crew of intellectual outcasts who don’t care because they know they’re going to escape, and mostly just normal people trying to stay under the radar of the adolescent royalty as they did their four years. As smart as they are in reality, Kudrow and Sorvino do a good job with the dumb blonde stereotype, and Alan Cumming was funny as the overachieving über-nerd Sandy Frink.
Three chocolate morsels.