Review: Blondes do have more fun
April 29, 1997
Web posted at: 7:23 p.m. EDT (2323 GMT)
From Reviewer Carol Buckland
(CNN) -- "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" is a hoot.
While it's basically a chick flick, the presence of Mira
Sorvino (Romy) and Lisa Kudrow (Michele) is bound to exert a
certain amount of guy appeal.
Romy and Michele are bottle-blond best buddies who are quite
happy with their modest lives until they are invited back for
their 10th high school reunion. Suddenly, Romy's career as a
clerk at a Jaguar dealership doesn't seem so cool. Ditto,
Michele's unemployment. As for their lack of boyfriends,
like, it's kind of a bummer, you know?
After failing to upgrade their existence, these two sweet
bubble brains come up with another idea. They'll fake being
successful! Naturally, things go awry, but not so awry that
the situation can't be repaired before the closing credits.
Although she's subjected to some singularly unflattering
lighting, Lisa Kudrow shines from start to finish,
delightfully funny and deliciously natural.
Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino comes off as more calculating,
although she has plenty of cute moments.
There's some pungently funny work from Janeane Garofalo as a
high school misfit who's made good but still rages at the
inequities of her teen years.
Robin Schiff's script is uneven -- extremely smart in some
scenes, sketchy to the point of being pointless in others.
An elaborate dream sequence offers some satisfactions (Kudrow
explaining how she formulated the glue for Post-Its is
priceless) but ultimately feels like padding.
David Mirkin's direction has plenty of pizzazz. The
flashback sequences using Romy and Michele's high school
yearbook are particularly clever.
Major bouquets to costume designer Mona May. The woman who
gave "Clueless" its cutting edge fashion-wise dresses Romy
and Michele to farcical perfection.
I don't want to oversell this film, because it has a fair
number of flaws in terms of pacing and character development.
But if you're in the mood for fluffy fun, it is likely to
make you laugh. The flick holds special charms for
moviegoers who, like me, were not members of their high
school "in" crowd.
"Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" runs 91 minutes. It
is rated R. There is a lot of profanity (much of it courtesy
of Garofalo's character), plus a fair amount of sexual
innuendo and activity.
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