Romy And Michele's High School Reunion is a 1997 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. Hilarity Ensues.Something of a '90sCult Classic, it also stars Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, Camryn Manheim, Julia Campbell, Vincent Ventreska and Justin Theroux.A prequel Made-for-TV Movie entitled Romy and Michele: In the Beginning aired on ABC Family in 2005 starring Katherine Heigl as Romy and Alex Breckenridge as Michele.
Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: 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.
Be Yourself: An In-Universe 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.
Blondes Are Evil: Averted. The popular, persistently bitchy Christie and Jerk Jock 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 Lisa Luder, who had matured and reformed by the time of the reunion.
Broken Aesop: 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 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.
The Chain of Harm: 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.
Cover Identity Anomaly: Romy and Michele's claim to be "successful businesswomen" lacks a few vital details; such as what business they are in.
Cult Soundtrack: Although the film takes place in 1997, the flashbacks and overall focus on reminiscing about high school scores it a soundtrack largely comprised of '80s pop classics. Deliberately invoked by Romy when she makes a mixtape of nostalgic songs to listen to on the drive to the reunion.
Dawson Casting: Justified in the high school scenes because most of the movie takes place when the characters are 28.
Dumb Blonde: Dumb but loveable Romy and Michele(the latter moreso). Hell, the Tag Line for this film is "The Blonde Leading The Blonde."
The Eighties: The flashbacks to high school, replete with heavy examples of...
'80s Hair: 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.
Eureka Moment: A magazine spread with models posing as CEOs gives Romy the idea to pretend to be successful businesswomen for the reunion.
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.
Girl Posse: Christie, Cheryl, Kelly, and Lisa. 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.
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.
He Cleans Up Nicely: 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..
Marilyn Maneuver: The downdraft from Sandy's helicopter gives Christine a very impressive one as the heroines leave.
Mundane Made Awesome: An interpretive dance between three people as an act of rebellion in their high school reunion, and then taking off in a helicopter.
Nerds Are Sexy: Heather was "very much in love" with Sandy Frink in high school, but her years-old feelings for him finally dissolve at the reunion when she sees how slick and well-groomed he's become.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: 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.
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!
Threesome Subtext: Sandy still has a crush on Michele, but doesn't bat an eyelid at her insistence that Romy dance with them as well. At the end, all three of them leave the reunion in his helicopter.
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!
Took a Level in Kindness: 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.