I remembered liking this movie years ago when it first came out, but hadn't seen again in all the years since. This Blu-ray release gave me a good excuse to watch it once more and I'm very glad that I did.
I found that Romy and Michelle was still a fun film to watch, even after all these years. Mira Sorvino was incredible, absolutely inspired, as half of this pair of ditsy airheads with a flair for fashion--and Lisa Kudro and she both had fantastic chemistry together. They were the perfect two actresses to play these utterly clueless yet thoroughly endearing characters.
The story is simple: Romy and Michelle are two underachieving girls having loads of fun, utterly clueless that their unsuccessful lives are anything but great until, in preparation for their 10 year high school reunion, they fill out a questionnaire about their lives since high school and realize that on paper they look like a pair of losers. It is the first time that they've ever looked at themselves objectively and the first time thoughts of being anything but great has ever so much as crossed their minds.
Embarrassed to have others think of them as losers, the two of them hatch a plot to masquerade at their reunion as successful businesswomen (claiming to have invented Post-its) in order to impress the clique of girls who made fun of them back in their high school days.
Need it be said that once they're at the reunion things don't come off exactly as planned--and that's where some of the fun comes in. I won't say more in deference to those who haven't seen the movie yet.
I have to admit that I really did enjoy watching these two actresses performing together once more after all this time and that I laughed as much as I do with most comedies that are made today.
I know Romy and Michelle were breakout background characters who had appeared in a previously written play and the author decided later to write a whole script centered around just them. The writer also had a sequel all set to go, but Touchstone Pictures apparently had no interest in another Romy and Michelle adventure, even though this film was actually a success financially.
The filmmakers said Touchstone's complete lack of interest, with no explanation offered, came as a shock and was an utter mystery to them. Maybe back then, the prevalently wrong thinking within the industry that women just weren't funny held sway over the box office receipts indicating otherwise. Maybe the folks at Touchstone (a division of Disney) found something objectionable about the film (there were some sexual references and some hand gestures they might have objected to back in those days). Whatever the actual reason was, it's really too bad we weren't treated to more of these two crazily entertaining character's stories--they might have become a very successful franchise. I certainly would have loved to see more of them myself.
Even though I enjoyed the movie and highly recommend it, I must report, though, that the Blu-ray appeared a little soft looking. Although it looks better than the DVD, his disc was not at the sharpness and clarity level I'm used to from Blu-ray. The color was really very good and the audio was an improvement over the DVD, but the lack of crisp sharpness on my 65 inch TV is a real head scratcher. Maybe they overdid it with the grain reduction/noise reduction. Who knows? It's certainly a little below par for a Blu-ray from Disney home video.
But slightly soft picture aside, I'm extremely glad I bought it and if you get a chance to see this fun and funny movie, do give it a try. It certainly has it's share of very funny moments.
I'm so glad that this Blu-ray gave me a good reason to spend some time with these two very funny and highly enjoyable characters once more. I won't let so many years pass without a revisit with Romy and Michelle again.