“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” is one of those light comedies that has a number of gags that don’t work (not to mention a terribly thin storyline that can’t sustain a full-length narrative, as evidence by a lengthy mid-movie dream sequence), but overall is so much fun that you can’t resist going along with it. Part of it is the above-average screenplay, which has some laugh-out-loud one-liners and sincere interactions among its characters that add some verisimilitude to the proceedings, all of which goes a long way towards selling the threadbare plot. Additionally, director David Mirkin has a good grasp of tone and pacing, which establishes an infectious “girls just wanna have fun” vibe that’s made all the more charming by a first-rate ’80s pop soundtrack. But really, this is all about the performers: Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow are perfectly cast as the lifelong best friends, sharing a great deal of warm chemistry that makes their dynamic instantly believable (and Kudrow has a number of genuinely hilarious line deliveries that could have landed flat in the hands of a less talented performer), and they have great support from a scene-stealing Janeane Garofalo. Overall, it’s a pretty good movie with some unfortunate flaws, but one that’s endlessly rewatchable thanks to the strong comedic performances and a bubbly energy that never wavers.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)