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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

Two shallow airheads (Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow) who have been best friends since high school back in Tucson, Arizona are now living in Los Angeles. One is unemployed and the other is a cashier and they spend their nights clubbing. But when their 10 year high school reunion comes up, they fabricate successful careers (they invented post-its) for themselves to impress the "A" group that made life miserable for them in high school. Directed by David Mirkin and based on the play THE LADIES ROOM by Robin Schiff (who also did the screenplay), this is a fairly funny comedy as long as it avoids getting all soppy on us. Sorvino and especially Kudrow are crackerjack comediennes and make their clueless dingbats almost charming rather than annoying. The film manages to maintain the often amusing ("I'm the Mary, you're the Rhoda") dialog and situations for most of the film but the last fifteen minutes are dead weight. It would have been much better for the film if the flaky ladies weren't redeemed and remained as clueless as ever. With Alan Cumming, Janeane Garofalo, Justin Theroux, Camryn Manheim, Jacob Vargas and Elaine Hendrix.  

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