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''Romy and Michele's High School Reunion'' is a 1997 BuddyPicture comedy directed by David Mirkin, starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow.

Romy White (Sorvino) and Michele Weinberger (Kudrow), two slacker friends now living in LosAngeles, decide to attend their HighSchoolReunion in Tuscon. In order to prove their classmates -- who'd dismissed them as bimbos and losers -- wrong, they 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, and when released in the UK some of the F-words were removed to get a 12 rating for the theatrical release.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Averted. The characters who are happy and fulfilled are all bachelors and bachelorettes who focused on their careers. Christie, (what's left) of her clique and their husbands have devoted themselves to being parents, but they've achieved very little outside of that. Christie and Billy have marital problems and her friends secretly doubt themselves.
* 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.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Heather telling Toby "Fuck off!".
* 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.
* CoolLoser: Heather in high school. 10 years later she's overcome the loser aspect.
** Romy and Michelle to a lesser extent. They were never popular at school and haven't done much with their lives, but they know how to have fun.
* 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.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[TypeCasting As usual]], Creator/JaneaneGarofalo's character.
* DistantFinale: Parodied [[spoiler: and subverted]]. After the [[spoiler: [[AllJustADream dream]]]] reunion, the film cuts to seventy years later where Romy and Michele are still not speaking to each other. [[spoiler: Michele then wakes up.]]
* DumbBlonde: Dumb but loveable Romy and Michele (the latter more so). 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.
* EnemyEatsYourLunch: Christie grabs and eats Romy's hamburger at lunch in high school to humiliate her.
* 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 pases themselves off as inventors of the Post-It note... it [[HilarityEnsues doesn't work out so well]]
* {{Fiction 500}}: Sandy has become a very successful and wealthy guy that he has houses in Aspen and Acapulco,a mansion in Malibu,a penthouse in New York,a yacht,a Bentley,a personal trainer,a full-time chef,a masseuse,and the staff of 24.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Michele's pink dress is trimmed with pink feathers.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Teenage!Lisa tentatively expressing approval for Romy and Michele's Madonna-esque fashion stylings in high school (even if she then qualifies it under Christie's withering stare). Years later, at the reunion, Lisa is a fashion editor and very much more confident about her own opinion.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: [[spoiler: Lisa Luter]], by the time of the reunion.
* FutureLoser: Billy Christiansen takes the gold: going from popular hunky jock dating the popular girl in school, to a slobby failure who nails drywall for a living and whose wife is pregnant with (he suspects) another man's kid. And he still thinks he can bed Romy since she had a thing for him back in the day, even though the last time they saw each other he publicly humiliated her for a laugh.
** Christie deserves a mention too. She carried on her spiteful AlphaBitch ways 10 years beyond highschool, retaining her GirlPosse who copy her every move, so she never grew out of her teenage bullying- but the reunion reveals her life is a pathetic shell of her past glories. She's an unfulfilled housewife with an unhappy marriage to an unfaithful sleazy loser, her only outlet in life is having baby after baby (which she pretends to be [[StepfordSmiler thrilled about]]) she never got the career she wanted, and to add insult to injury, all the people she tormented in highschool are happy and fulfilled, and the minion she used to boss around has a high flying career in fashion.
* 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]]). Sandy invents some kind of special rubber that's put on tennis shoes which makes him very successful and Heather invents cigarette paper that burns twice as fast which also makes her quite successful (with her buying a Jaguar as a hint to her success).
* 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.
* RousingSpeech: When Romy loses all her confidence at the reunion, it's easygoing Michele who delivers one of these, to their mutual surprise:
-->'''Michele''': Romy, can I tell you the truth? I never knew that we weren't that great in high school. I mean, we always had so much fun together...I thought high school was a blast! And until you told me that our lives weren't good enough, I thought everything *since* high school was a blast. I think we should go back out there as ourselves, and just have fun [[YouAreNotAlone like we always do]]. The hell with everyone else!
-->'''Romy''': I don't think I can.
-->'''Michele''': [''smiling, but clearly exasperated''] [[ToughLove Well, do you think you can stop being such a baby?]] God! I feel like I've been, like, chasing you all over this reunion. We have come all this way, now we are going to enjoy ourselves whether you like it or not!
-->'''Romy''': [''startled''] God, Michele...I've never seen this side of your personality before. You're so bossy and domineering. I like it!
-->'''Michele''': [''grinning''] Me too!
* 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.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Heather Mooney to both Romy and Michele. Between the friends themselves, Romy is more determined, savvy, and assertive, making her a Tomboy to ditzy, easygoing Michele's Girly Girl.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* YoureJustJealous / YouKeepTellingYourselfThat: In the conversation between the AlphaBitch and a former member of the GirlPosse:
-->'''Christie''': You're just jealous. Because unlike a certain ball-busting dried up career woman, I might mention, we're all HAPPILY MARRIED!
-->'''Lisa Luder''': That's right, Christie. Keep telling yourself that.
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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 (played by Kelly Brook).
* 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!
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot / TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: Made in 2002 as a pilot (which didn't sell) and shelved for three years before Creator/ABCFamily aired it.
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