Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997): Female Friendship Representation

David Mirkin’s American comedy Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion focuses on the titular characters preparing for their 10-year high school reunion.

Since neither Romy nor Michele has found success in their careers or love lives, they decide to invent fabulous lives for themselves to convince former classmates how well they’re doing.

Romy and Michele’s
High School Reunion
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Theatrical release poster

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is a 1997 American comedy film directed by David Mirkin and starring Mira SorvinoLisa Kudrow, and Janeane Garofalo. The plot revolves around two 28-year-old girls who appear to have not achieved much success in life, and decide to invent fake careers to impress former classmates at their ten-year high school reunion. The characters are taken from the stage play Ladies Room, which also featured Kudrow.

The film received positive reviews from critics and is considered a cult classic.[3][4]

The film has become a cult classic since its release, not least for its emphasis on how female friendship trumps romantic love, and self-expression trumping all.



Directed by David Mirkin
Screenplay by Robin Schiff, based on Ladies Room by Robin Schiff
Produced by Laurence Mark
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Edited by David Finfer
Music by Steve Bartek

Production company: Touchstone Pictures

Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures

Release date: April 25, 1997

Running time: 92 minutes
Budget $20 million
Box office $29.2 million