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    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    Buena Vista/Buena Vista . R4 . COLOR . 89 mins . M15+ . PAL


    Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion is one of the many comedies that come out from Hollywood that can be rated with a solid B grade. However, saying that, it still holds up as an entertaining giggle, with a many good laughs. Mind you, some of these laughs come from the blonde-ness of the leads Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow). Kudrow fits perfectly into the role of Michele, and carries on her acting of the character Phoebe from Friends. It is just so natural for Kudrow to play the bimbo roles, and she does these so well. On the other hand, Sorvino is trying to hard to be blonde. She just doesn’t make it, and this can occasionally be seen in her weak acting and poor and somewhat painful delivery of lines.

    These points aside, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion can be seen as a pointless and harmless comedy that is something you can relax and tune out to without straining to many brain cells figuring out any twists.

    Romy and Michele have moved to Los Angeles from Tucson after their senior year at high school where they were they were loners. 10 years on, it is time for their high school reunion and their intentions are to go back there and blow them all away with their new, fun lifestyle. But just before they go, they realise that their lives aren’t that impressive. And there’s only one way to show their classmates how successful they’ve become. Lie!


    There are very few faults in the video transfer, most of which are only occasional spots of grain. For a film that was sitting on a video shelf before being transferred to DVD, the transfer holds up very well. The colours are bold, rich and bright which are important for this kind of film as the colour of the costumes and surrounds is important to the characters of Romy and Michele (now don’t delve too deeply into the characters of this film, because you will be going nowhere). But still, the colours are just superb and really hold out throughout the film with no saturation or bleeding.

    "a fun frisky use of colour"

    The aspect is 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced which is the usual for DVDs produced by Warner Home Video.


    The soundtrack to the film is generally good, with all dialogue being clear and audible throughout the film. Dialogue and general sound effects all come from the front speakers, which really keep reminding you that you are watching a movie, and when the songs start you are reminded that this is in fact a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. The surround channels are only used for adding richness to the music and for the general surround effects such as crowd noises or a car driving past. However, these small effects are nicely done, with good direction without any gaps in the sound layer.

    The background music is just brilliant. It comprises of dozens of Eighties songs, and even the subtitles show the song lyrics.

    The language of the audio cannot be changed during the running of the feature, which is the usual flaw with Warner Home Video DVDs.




    If you are after a gentle and really corny laugh, grab Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion. The transfer is watchable, but by no means collectable. The extra features are really disappointing, and what is said to be Extra Features on this DVD are just be DVD standards. For a light, easy and at times really stupidly funny film, grab this one but don’t look too deeply into it because you will be looking at a brick wall. This is good for laughs and solely for entertainment purposes.

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      And I quote...
    "An endless limousine of laughs neatly stuck together with Post-Its and hair extensions."
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