Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

My mind was blown back in April when Romy & Michele's High School Reunion hit it's 20th anniversary. I can't believe it came out so long ago! I guess it's because it's one of those movies I watch regularly, so I forgot how old it actually is. It's seriously one of my favorites though. Ready for some fun facts?

The movie was based on play by Robin Schiff called Ladies' Room, which premiered in LA in 1988.
Lisa Kudrow played Michele.

It was supposed turn into a sitcom, but producers worried viewers wouldn't be able
to tolerate the pair for a long period of time.

Toni Collette almost played Romy, but she was worried about having the perfect California accent.
Mira Sorvino was fresh off an Oscar win for best supporting actress in Mighty Aphrodite.

There are many Friends connections.
Justin Theroux (Aniston's husband) played the mysterious cowboy. It was only his second movie.
Romy's crush, Billy, is played by Vincent Ventresca, also known as Fun Bobby.
Julia Campbell (Christy) and Elaine Hendrix (Lisa) both played love interests of Ross.

Christy teases Michele for having a back brace, but in real life Julia Campbell suffered from scoliosis
and had to have corrective surgery at age 15 to prevent her spine from cutting into her right lung.

Quentin Tarantino's fake brands (Big Kahuna Burger, Red Apple Cigarettes)
are sprinkled into the film. Sorvino was dating Tarantino at the time.

The movie had an R rating because of Heather Mooney's language.
"Ok, Toby. Fuck off!"

Lisa Kudrow improvised the Post-It glue recipe on the spot.
"And then I thought maybe, just maybe, you could raise the viscosity by adding a
complex glucose derivative during the emulsification process and it turns out I was right." 

They spent nearly $1 million for the rights to all the '80s songs on the soundtrack.
Worth it. It's a fun soundtrack!

And now this cult classic is on stage! On Sunday night, my sister and I saw the premiere of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion: The Musical at the 5th Avenue Theater. It was cute! It follows the movie exactly, with almost all the lines straight from the script. Cortney Wolfson and Stephanie Renee Wall play a perfect Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow Romy and Michele, down to their accents, mannerisms, and posture, and the rest of the cast was spot on as well. Every single person up there had a phenomenal voice. My favorite was Jordan Kai Burnett as Heather Mooney. None of the songs were all that memorable though and I sometimes felt like they were interrupting the plot. It was still a really fun trip down memory lane though.


Misty said...

I've always loved this stupid movie. I haven't watched it in a long time though.

All the things turning 20 are killing me. All of your posts are making me want to blog. I've really got to make the time.

Karen Peterson said...

I love this movie so much. I can't believe it's 20 years old. I think it's time for a 30th reunion...

Also, I was doing some research and just recently discovered Justin Theroux was in it. Mind blown.