Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

1997

Action / Comedy

36
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 36979

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Director

Cast

Justin Theroux as Cowboy
Alan Cumming as Sandy Frink
Mira Sorvino as Romy White
720p.BLU
754.74 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
P/S 6 / 20

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by spencergrande6 5 / 10

Just alright, broad, semi-funny look at female friendship above all else

I had always heard this was a "guilty pleasure" or some kind of minor cult classic, and it being my own 10 year reunion this summer I thought I would finally check it out. Well I don't think it's either of those really, though I suppose guilty pleasure always fits to some degree.

It's a just alright, broad, semi-funny look at female friendship above all else. Mira Sorvino's accent is the scene stealer here, it's some kind of Californian valley girl monstrosity that takes on a life of its own throughout the movie. Is it just me or does it become more pronounced when she returns to Tucson, where no one has that accent? Is this a subtle shade of "acting" on her part, the accent an affectation she picked up in SoCal to distance herself from her terrible adolescence? There's also Justin Theroux who plays a cowboy with a goofy southern accent. I've got nothing for that one.

Reviewed by Predrag 7 / 10

"You are Columbus and I am America."

The movie is very funny, I had many laughs at the more dim of the two (the stereotypical dumb blonde) Michele. What's nice about the film is the way it accentuates what true friendship really means, standing by one another. The two went from being the fat girl (Romy) & the girl with the back brace (Michele) to being two attractive fun-loving women. The lesson the pair learn is to be yourself & be proud of who you are. Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino are perfectly cast in this film, as are all of the other characters (including extras - which is unusual). As well as a great script though, this film also has great music. If you like 80's music then this film is for you, as it features throughout the entire film.

Yes, it was over the top. Yes, it was predictable. But Janeane Garofalo's performance made this movie worth buying. I loved how Romy and Michele seemed to be completely oblivious to their own personal lack of accomplishments. The fashion/costume design is delightfully tacky, and there's a sweet message at the end. I also think this was Lisa Kudrow's best performance in all the movies she's ever done and was even more impressive than her ditsy Phoebe Buffay character on "FRIENDS". The film is not meant to be very serious, so don't expect a script that reflects with 100% accuracy the daily lives of people. This is meant to be as a funny story of two people to entertain the viewer and I believe it's quite successful in doing that. Get some snacks, get your favorite drink and start watching to see who invented Post-Its!

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.

Reviewed by RavenGlamDVDCollector 7 / 10

Lisa Kudrow way under-performing

What fun it promises to be. Phoebe of FRIENDS. Look at the DVD box cover, aren't they just cute? And yet, hoo boy, is this it?

It's not that I don't like it, it's that I'm exasperated by the lack of what could have been. Here I can see exactly what the problem is. First impressions count, and when the duo first appears, they are as dull as ditch-water. I'm used to crazy goof Phoebe in FRIENDS, zany and lovable. Seems that is a fluke, Lisa, or that you need a very strong director to coax the best out of you, because here you really drop the ball, almost entirely through most of the movie. Fortunately, there are places where you do well, notably when Michele goes a whole lot Phoebe (FRIENDS fans will understand). Amounts to an uneven performance then.

Mira Sorvino is a very big disappointment, I'm sorry to say. There in the beginning, she delivers that line about her poor dietary habits absolutely deadpan to no effect at all. So I'm quick to write her off early on. Especially the first part of the movie should have been re-shot, these two act like there are lots of zeroes missing from their paychecks.

I still give it a 7. I like the premise, the great soundtrack (one of the very best ever, ranging from Bananarama with VENUS and CRUEL SUMMER to The Go-Gos with OUR LIPS ARE SEALED and an especially rousing TIME AFTER TIME by Cyndi Lauper, wow, and Belinda Carlisle HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH too) and there are some great moments, but to all those of you poised to vote against me here, hey, look at this again, there is so much room for improvement. Lisa can do 10 times better, the movie had great potential, it was a wonderful part for her, but she putters through it airily, like she at times doesn't really want to be there. A much stricter director was needed, because dammit, couldn't the lackluster performances been redone?

Anybody who knows how I normally cheer on actresses would understand that I do not like being so critical here BUT I EXPECTED SO MUCH MORE FROM THIS!

Seems to me it's just like Sarah Michelle Gellar can only really be super fantastic in that one show, Lisa Kudrow is quite the same. It's a pity, look at her, she's a very pretty girl.

Don't get me wrong, the movie isn't bad at all. But with more spirited performances, it might have been a truly zany comedy worthy of a 10.

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