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''Romy And Michele's High School Reunion'' is a 1997 [[BuddyPicture comedy about two slacker friends]], Romy White (Mira Sorvino) and Michele Weinberger (Lisa Kudrow), now living in L.A., who go to their high school reunion in Tuscon. They decide to prove their classmates wrong about how they were perceived as losers in high school and pretend to be successful business women. HilarityEnsues.

Something of a [[TheNineties '90s]] CultClassic, it also stars Creator/JaneaneGarofalo, Creator/AlanCumming, Camryn Manheim, Julia Campbell, Vincent Ventreska and Justin Theroux.

A prequel MadeForTVMovie entitled ''Romy and Michele: In the Beginning'' aired on ABC Family in 2005 starring Katherine Heigl as Romy and Alex Breckenridge as Michele.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AlliterativeName: Lisa Luder.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:About a quarter of the movie.]]
* AlphaBitch: Christie, even years after high school.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Averted. The light-hearted comedy has no sex, nudity, or violence but got slapped with an R rating because it had too many bad words. The filmmakers refused to change the dialogue and kept the rating. Lisa Kudrow criticized the MPAA for their decision while promoting the film.
* BeYourself: An InUniverse version, when Michele tells Romy she didn't want to pretend anything, and just be who they were. They try it, and the reunion goes better for them.
* BlondesAreEvil: Averted. The popular, persistently bitchy Christie and JerkJock Billy are both brunette, while Michele is blonde and Romy has dark hair that she dyes blonde starting at the end of high school. The rest of the shallow, bullying "A-Crowd" are blonde, but this includes [[spoiler: Lisa Luder, who had matured and reformed by the time of the reunion.]]
* BrokenAesop: Debatable. The Aesop of the movie is ostensibly ' be yourself!' and is highlighted when Romy and Michele change from their business women suits into the bright, colorful clothes that they made themselves and everyone likes it! Of course, at the end, the [[strike:goth]] aggressively frumpy chick is seen getting a make over from Romy and Michele. Apparently, you should follow your own style, but only if it's cheery, bright and sexy. Aggressive frumpiness is not acceptable.
** Unless you're being frumpy as a defense mechanism because being yourself in a high school setting leaves you open for others to take advantage of you.
*** Agreed. She'd already sharpened up considerably just to go to the reunion. After getting over her past feelings for Sandy and hooking up with Clarence, it's believable that she'd want to finally move even further on from the days of high school.
* TheChainOfHarm: Heather is surprised to learn that the protagonists, who she'd resented at school, were in turn looked down on by the "A group". She's ''delighted'' to learn that she herself had consistently made another girl at school feel miserable.
* ClassReunion: Duh.
* ConversationalTroping: The movie opens with Romy and Michele watching ''PrettyWoman'' and commenting on one of the TearJerker scenes. They are also rather GenreSavvy about their own genre: HighSchool movies and comedy movies in general.
* CoverIdentityAnomaly: Romy and Michele's claim to be "successful businesswomen" lacks a few vital details; such as what business they are in.
* CultSoundtrack: Although the film takes place in 1997, the flashbacks and overall focus on reminiscing about high school scores it a soundtrack largely comprised of [[AwesomeMusic '80s pop classics]]. Deliberately invoked by Romy when she makes a mixtape of nostalgic songs to listen to on the drive to the reunion.
* DawsonCasting: Justified in the high school scenes because most of the movie takes place when the characters are 28.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[TypeCasting As usual]], Creator/JaneaneGarofalo's character.
* DumbBlonde: Dumb but loveable Romy and Michele(the latter moreso). Hell, the TagLine for this film is "The Blonde Leading The Blonde."
* TheEighties: The flashbacks to high school, replete with heavy examples of...
* EightiesHair: Romy and Michele in particular were into experimental, Madonna-inspired 'dos (although one of the 'dos came from Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition tour). Romy accidentally whips Michele multiple times with her three-foot-long bleached-blonde top-of-the-head ponytail while twirling at the prom.
* EurekaMoment: A magazine spread with models posing as [=CEOs=] gives Romy the idea to pretend to be successful businesswomen for the reunion.
* FeigningIntelligence: They try to pass themselves off as inventors of the Post-It note... it [[HilarityEnsues doesn't work out so well]]
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Michele's pink dress is trimmed with pink feathers.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: [[spoiler: Lisa Luter]], by the time of the reunion.
* GenderBlenderName: [[TomboyishName Romy and Toby]]. Also, Michele's love interest Sandy.
* GirlPosse: Christie, Cheryl, Kelly, and Lisa. [[spoiler:Lisa, however, left the group and made a name for herself as the associate editor of ''Vogue'', while Christie, Cheryl, and Kelly were content to be married, with children, and pregnant.]]
* HappilyMarried: Christie and Billy.
** [[spoiler: Totally averted; when Romy and Michele encounter Billy, now an overweight alcoholic, outside of the reunion, he reveals that the "successful real estate development career" that Christie had touted him as having consists of nothing more than laying drywall for Christie's father's construction company, and that he doubts that the baby that Christie's carrying is actually his. He then propositions Romy for sex; she tells him to go wait for her in his hotel room naked, which he does eagerly, but she instead leaves with Michele and Sandy in Sandy's helicopter, having gotten revenge for a similar prank Billy and Christie played on her in high school.]]
* HeCleansUpNicely: [[spoiler: Sandy Frink, having become a suave billionaire. Applies both in Michele's dream, where he's had plastic surgery, and in real life, where he's simply dressed sharply, has a slick haircut, and is much more confident and assertive.]].
** Applies to Heather Mooney as well.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Romy and Michele to a T.
* HighSchool: "Well, duh!"
* InventorOfTheMundane: Michele claims she invented Post-It Notes; [[InventionPretension it's a lie to try to impress her old high school classmates]]).
* JerkJock: Billy Christiansen, in that his DumbJock qualities and loyalty to Christie allow her to provoke him into being as cruel as she is.
* KissingCousins: Michele lost her virginity to her cousin Barry.
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles
* MarilynManeuver: The downdraft from Sandy's helicopter gives Christine a very impressive one as the heroines leave.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: An interpretive dance between three people as an act of rebellion in their high school reunion, and then taking off in a helicopter.
* NerdsAreSexy: Heather was "very much in love" with Sandy Frink in high school, [[spoiler: but her years-old feelings for him finally dissolve at the reunion when she sees how slick and well-groomed he's become.]]
* PinkMeansFeminine: Michele switches to a pink dress at the reunion.
* PrecisionFStrike: The "flying" variety is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome memorably used by Romy in her takedown of Christie]].
* RapunzelHair: Romy in high school.
* RebelRelaxation: The Cowboy.
* RightThroughTheWall: Romy gets to borrow the CoolCar in return for closing the office blinds and faking TheImmodestOrgasm with the mechanic so his colleagues can hear.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: Christie Masters-Christiansen.
* SeamlessSpontaneousLie: Michele comes up with a {{Technobabble}} explanation for her invention of "a special kind of glue" which is so plausible and off-the-cuff (see ThrowItIn, below) that she even surprises herself. [[spoiler:Shame it was AllJustADream.]]
* TheSlacker: Rare female example.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: One L in Michele, people.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Romy to Christie. Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
-->What the hell is your problem, Christie? Why the hell are you always such a nasty bitch? I mean, okay, so Michele and I did make up some stupid lie! We only did it because we wanted you to treat us like human beings. But you know what I realized? I don't care if you like us, 'cause we don't like you. You're a bad person with an ugly heart, and we don't give a flying fuck what you think!
* ThreesomeSubtext: Sandy still has a crush on Michele, but doesn't bat an eyelid at her insistence that Romy dance with them as well. [[spoiler:At the end, all three of them leave the reunion in his helicopter.]]
* ThrowItIn: Lisa Kudrow (who, in RealLife, [[GeniusDitz has a biology degree from Vassar]]) made up the entire glue formula on the spot.
-->Um, well, ordinarily when you make glue, first, you need to thermoset your resin, and then after it cools, you have to mix in an epoxide, which is really just a fancy-schmancy name for any simple oxygenated adhesive, right? And then I thought maybe, just maybe, you could raise the viscosity by adding a complex glucose derivative during the emulsification process, and it turns out I was right!
* TookALevelInKindness: [[spoiler: Lisa Luder, by the time of the reunion. She is genuinely impressed by the lines and use of color in Romy and Michele's homemade club dresses, and tells Christie to let Cheryl and Kelly express their own opinions when Christie insists that "they" still think the dresses are hideous.]]
* TrueBlueFemininity: Romy switches to a blue dress at the reunion.
* ValleyGirl: Very much so, aside from the fact that they aren't wealthy.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Michele and Sandy, Billy and Christie.
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!!''Romy and Michele: In the Beginning'' provides examples of:
* AdaptationDyeJob: Michele apparently started dying her hair dark brown very soon after graduation.
* {{Adorkable}}: Alex Breckenridge's version of Michele, complete with GirlishPigtails and adorable pyjamas.
* AsHerself: Paula Abdul.
* BrainlessBeauty: Vain, airheaded supermodel Linda Fashionbella.
* DoomedByCanon: Based on the first movie Romy and Michele cannot end up famous or in serious relationships.
* TheNineties: Except for the opening scene at Romy and Michele's graduation the movie is set in 1990.
* MistakenForGay: Romy and Michele mistake the two guys living next door to them as gay when they are just roommates. In turn the guys mistake Romy and Michele for drag queens!
* TheOtherDarrin: Both leads of course. Katherine Heigl in particular does a spot on version of Lisa Kudrow's accent from the original movie (although Kudrow played Michele and Heigl plays Romy...).
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot / TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: Made in 2002 as a pilot (which didn't sell) and shelved for three years before ABCFamily aired it.
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