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The opening scene, in which R & M are making fun of "Pretty Woman" ("As if the salesgirls there aren't bigger whores than she is"...."i get so happy when they let her shop!") is pretty much evocative of the whole movie - comparing themselves with other women, shopping for jobs and men.
Another great scene is when they're at the club, looking for suitable men, and Romy gets away from one guy with the excuse, "I cut my foot before, and my shoe is filling up with blood."
A wonderful movie in general, especially for individualists who were never part of cliques, who despise people that still grade others with shallow high school hierarchy systems.
Laugh outloud funny, and Janeane Garafalo's character is a perfectly independent blend of bitterness, sarcasm, and bitchiness. "This dress exacerbates the genetic betrayal that is my legacy."
Especially enjoyed the 80s high school flashbacks. Dressing like Madonna for the prom, happily basking in their fashion skills and originality (but of course Billy had to ruin it). When one of the A-list crowd put the magnets on Romy's back, it was so tragic. As Michele said later, "You couldn't help that you had scoliosis!" Duh! Bullies who pick on people for traits that they cannot change should be dragged out into the street and shot (Garfield used to say that, I believe).
The reunion itself is both sad and a relief.Read more ›
Using "like" after "like every "like" word "like," the two drive a Jaguar from LA to Arizona, reliving memories from the past- including old crushes and avoiding the "A" crowd of popular girls. While at the reunion, a lot of things (some of them improbable, to be sure) occur.
Although not of the highest calibre, this movie is extraordinarily funny, light comedy. It reminds us of what was good (or bad) about our high school years, while making us laugh at the same time about the foibles of the past.
Romy and Michele are invited to their 10-year High School Reunion. But when they start filling out their questionnaire ("They want to know what we've been doing for the past ten years.") they realize their lives aren't all that glamorous after all. So they devise a little scheme, making up a story involving the invention (and design!) of Post-It Notes. Thus spawns the great debate: Who's the Mary and who's the Rhoda.
Of course nothing goes according to plan, and the two decide to part ways once they arrive at their reunion back at Sagebrush High in Tucson, Arizona ("This town is, like, so unhip!" "Oh, I know!")
Despite the lengthy dream sequence in the middle of the movie, it made me wonder which group I belonged to in High School. Definitely not the A group. Lisa Kudrow was made to play Michele, the half-wit blonde with a heart of gold. Mira Sorvino was just as convincing as her best friend forever, Romy. The two could only be upstaged by the inimitable Janeane Garofalo. Throw in the perky Toby Walters (played to a "T" by Camryn Manheim) and Alan Cumming as the "pocket-protector" geek who constantly lusts after Michele and you have one cute story.
Of course, no matter how much I like this film, the cheesy dance sequence towards the end always makes me cringe. But it's still cute nevertheless. When I want to reminisce of my own 80's high school days, I'll pop in this video and wax nostalgic.
Now, it may be an improvement over the previous DVD release, but it just doesn't look like they applied any effort to sharpen the imaging in the film. Everything still has that slight soft blurring that you generally see with your average DVD's.
This Blu-Ray film is released by Touchstone Home Entertainment. They haven't released a lot of Blu-Ray films yet. The only other Touchstone film I have on Blu-Ray is "Pearl Harbor."
Anyway, I'll be watching this Blu-Ray only on my 32" TV, where I watch only my standard DVD's, because a smaller screen gives a bad picture a better chance of looking improved. This is the first Blu-Ray disc that I've bought where I have to make that decision. This Blu-Ray disc of "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" just doesn't look good on a larger TV.
Maybe they'll remaster this film better when they re-release it as a 20th Anniversary Edition. Somehow, I see that coming as a profitable intention on their part.
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This is an awesome comedy from the 90's. It's a must see movie. The DVD came in excellent condition.Published 4 days ago by John Holt
I love the movie...but i wish i spent an extra few bucks for the blue-ray because the quality sucks !Published 11 days ago by Victoria V.
One of my favorite movies with one of my favorite stars: Lisa Kudrow! Also a favorite, Janeane Garofalo, and Kudrow were hilarious and perfect in their roles. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Steve Lawson
has all the 80's look and the movie has perfect music , the plot is very cheesy and the fashion is the best .Published 23 days ago by tasha :)
One of the most perfectly cheezy, variously groan-worthy and yet absolutely indulgent, funny and relatable chick flicks of the 90s.Published 25 days ago by shopgirl76