Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

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Details At A Glance

Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1997 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 88:09 Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 2,4 Director David Mirkin

Warner Home Video
Starring Mira Sorvino
Lisa Kudrow
Janeane Garofalo
RRP $34.95 Music Steve Bartek

Pan & Scan/Full Frame No MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    That dreaded word for those of us who never were in the A-crowd at high school/university/whatever - REUNION. That word that strikes fear into us, knowing that we really do not want to go and face the same people that you could not get along with back "in the good old days".

    And that really is the plot here - Romy White (Mira Sorvino) and Michele Weinberger (Lisa Kudrow) have a high school reunion, and recall how terrible high school was and how on earth are they going to go back and impress people? Forgetting of course that what other people think is irrelevant, as long as you are true to yourself. But what the heck, they invent some lame story anyway, thoroughly annoying really successful people like Heather Mooney (Janeane Garofalo) and amusing those people that really do not count. Of course, this is the movies, so the geek they avoided at high school is now the wealthiest graduant of the class (Alan Cumming) - hang on, is this starting to sound familiar????? And of course he still has the hots for Michele after all these years.

    Pardon me whilst I go and throw up. We are not talking serious story line here. This is fluff and has to be treated as such. Mind you, when the fluff involves one of the most gorgeous women around (sorry Lisa, but I am talking about Mira) I say long live fluff. I mean this contains some of the most inane dialogue ever heard in film - yet works (to a fashion) because it is so utterly inane. Forget plot development, forget character development, forget great cinema, just enjoy the fluff. And remember why you always avoid those reunions!

Transfer Quality


    Well, after watching Spy Hard, anything would have had to be an improvement - and this is, but not by much believe me.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

     The transfer is reasonably sharp, but does have an overall softness to it, no doubt to emphasize the "eye candy" as I believe the ladies were referred to in one review in Region 2. Shadow detail is good but definitely not amongst the best in that regard.

     The colours were uniformly rendered, but I felt that they could have been a little more vibrant. There is certainly no problem with oversaturation here. Some may find the overall brightness of the transfer, which does diminish the colours somewhat, may take a little getting used to.

   There were no MPEG artefacts nor video artefacts noted. Film artefacts were a bit of a problem, especially a number of black lines on the transfer. These were a little distracting.


    Overall, the audio transfer was pretty decent, especially if you like your music with a heap of bass to it.

    There are three audio tracks on the DVD, the default being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There is also a French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack and an Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. I listened to the English default.

    The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times.

    Audio sync did not appear to be a problem with the transfer at all.

    Although credited as writing the score, it has to be said that there was not a whole heap of original music score from Steve Bartek. Most of the music here was a bunch of songs from the eighties, which suited the film well and brought back a few memories.

    The surround channels were again well balanced and there was some lovely detail out of the rear channels - especially during the reunion scenes. You were nicely inserted into the sound picture, which had a very forward presence to it emphasizing the one on one nature of the dialogue.

    The subwoofer got some really serious workout here, especially during the songs. Not my cup of tea, bass-wise, but plenty will enjoy the big booming bass that you can crank out here.


    Nihilism rules at Buena Vista.


    A slightly less plain looking menu, totally lacking in any enhancement (other than having Mira in it that is).

R4 vs R1

    Region 1 misses out on:     Another egalitarian effort from Buena Vista with the lack of extras, so the enhancement remains the only essential difference, making Region 4 the region of choice.


    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion is not much more than a bit of fluff for filling in 90 minutes, so please do not expect too much from it.

    The overall video quality is pretty decent.

    The audio quality is actually pretty good, especially if you like to crank your music up loud.

    Well guess what, Buena Vista even ran out of the white paper for this one!

Ratings (out of 5)

Extras nada

© Ian Morris
10th September 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-515; S-video output
Display Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm
Audio Decoder Built in
Amplification Yamaha RXV-795
Speakers Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL