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Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Longtime pals Sorvino and Kudrow have achieved, well, not very much since graduation day, but both film-makers and tuned-in performers contrive never to look down on their big hair, Valley Girl vowels and full set of vacant attitudes. The pair do comic-irrepressible to a tee, as gnawing curiosity draws them back to the old school, and old scores are just waiting to be settled. Flavourful character playing jazzes up the central riff on friendship surviving the scorn of the mainstream. Cumming has obliterated his Scots accent sufficiently to play the teenage übergeek in the flashbacks, but star of the show is undoubtedly Garofalo's hilariously abrasive turn as the adolescent outsider of yore, who's turned her chain-smoking habit to advantage by inventing a quick-drawing ciggie you can inhale with a single puff. She looks haggard, wears a lot of shit-brown, and, boy, do you miss her when she's off screen. First-time director Mirkin doesn't quite sustain the momentum, and the big 'Post-It' gag is laboriously over-extended, but by then Lisa and Mira have won you over. A chipper little comedy (exec producer Robin Schiff adapted her play The Ladies Room) with a hint of Simpsons bite.

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Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Mirkin
Screenwriter: Robin Schiff
Cast: Mira Sorvino
Lisa Kudrow
Alan Cumming
Julia Campbell
Janeane Garofalo
Vincent Ventresca
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