I really disliked "Romy and Michele" the first time I saw it, but it's since grown on me after catching it a few times on cable TV. The film is pretty thin on plot, but manages to make up for that loss with two excellent performances from the film's leads. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow star as Romy and Michele, two friends who have been together since high school and even afterwards, as they find themselves rooming together.
10 years after leaving high school, they find that their reunion is about to take place. This leads to a number of flashbacks as the two relive the more embarassing elements of their high school years, where they were taunted by the other kids. The film glides along on a string of priceless one-liners, including lines like, "mono was the best diet ever." Strangely though, these lines don't have the impact they should.
Sorvino and Kudrow are strong comic actresses, but the film doesn't really have a comic timing about it - lines are just dropped out, and some of the best moments aren't quite as funny as they could have been. The film also starts off stronger than it ends; although the reunion itself isn't too bad, there are moments before it that begin to drag on a little.
"Romy and Michele" is a cute movie, livened by some occasionally sharp and witty writing. It could be even a little stronger with the material it's got, but all-in-all it makes for a moderately entertaining couple of hours.
VIDEO: Done before Disney gave anamorphic transfers (er, well... their catalog titles are still non-anamorphic), "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" looks fairly good, although it's bright, poppy landscape of color deserves a better presentation.
Sharpness is fairly solid, although a few scenes now and then look slightly soft. Detail is strong, and clarity is very good throughout. Of course, the film's best element in the visual department is its use of bright colors that practically pop off the screen at times, and that's evident here, as well. Colors are solid and well-saturated, looking great.
Problems are minimal; there are a few minor marks here and there on the print used, but other than that, things seem to be in order. A few tiny traces of pixelation appear once or twice, but these are hardly noticable. For a non-anamorphic transfer, "Romy and Michele" is flawed, but enjoyable.
SOUND: The norm for comedy, "Romy and Michele" doesn't contain much of a soundtrack, although the film's group of classic pop tunes does sound excellent on the film's Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Surrounds are mainly used for the music, and one or two slight effects. The music is bassy and rich, and the way it's presented here takes the whole a notch or two above the average comedy audio. Dialogue is clear and easily understood. A cute, fun soundtrack.
MENUS:: The main menu is pretty much the cover art, and sub-menus offer some minor film-themed art.
EXTRAS: Trailer and short production featurette.
Final Thoughts: A cute little movie; the DVD offers pleasant picture and audio quality, but nothing much else. Light recommendation.