Time for re­union with Romy and Michele?

Central and North Burnett Times - - READ - — Nick Bond, news.com.au

IN APRIL this year, Romy and Michele’s High School Re­union marked 20 years since its re­lease in the 1990s.

The movie told the story of Los An­ge­les un­der­achiev­ers Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow), head­ing home to Tuc­son for their 10-year high school re­union.

While a mod­est box of­fice hit — it made a re­spectable $30 mil­lion world­wide — the film has lived on as an end­lessly quotable cult clas­sic.

Here’s a few things you prob­a­bly never knew about the com­edy clas­sic ... BATH­ROOM BE­GIN­NINGS: Robin Schiff, who wrote the film’s screen­play, took the char­ac­ters from her stage play Ladies Room, which also fea­tured a then-un­known Kudrow (they were both mem­bers of the famed Groundlings im­prov troupe).

Romy and Michele only had small parts in Ladies Room, which fo­cused on the com­ings and go­ings in­side the women’s bath­room of a Mexican restau­rant. This LA Times re­view of the play from way back in 1988 de­scribed the char­ac­ters as “a pair of to­tally awe­some Val­ley girls va­pidly look­ing for guys with good jobs (it makes them sex­ier).”

OS­CAR CHOPS: Romy and Michele was the first film that Sorvino signed on for af­ter she’d won the Best Sup­port­ing Actress Academy Award for her role in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite.

MAD SKILLS: It’s said that Lisa Kudrow im­pro­vised Michele’s mono­logue, in which she claims to have in­vented a ‘spe­cial kind of glue’, on the spot — putting those Groundlings skills to good use. BIG DIS­GUISE: Re­mem­ber the film’s crazy dream se­quence, when Michele fronts up to the re­union only to find that nerdy Sandy Frink (Alan Cum­ming), who she’d al­ways ig­nored in high school, was now a square-jawed, beefy hunk?

In­cred­i­bly, ‘Hot Sandy’ wasn’t played by a dif­fer­ent ac­tor. Cum­ming took on both roles, thanks to some pretty se­ri­ous make-up and pros­thet­ics.


◗ US actress Lisa Kudrow starred in Romy and Michele’s High School Re­union.

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