There are movies about female friendship, and then there movies about girlfriends. One is realistic and cutting, while one is optimistic and often weirdly insightful. Both are great for female representation in movies. Both are often highly beloved.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is a quintessential girlfriends movie. It’s a simple story about women having fun together. Their friendship is the strongest thing in their lives, the epitome of a feel-good flick.
The gist: Romy and Michele are best friends. They’re besties. They live together, party together and do everything together. They work blue collar jobs, and that’s good enough for them. It’s a happy life.
But when they learn about their upcoming 10-year high school reunion, everything’s thrown into question. They have no boyfriends, low-paying jobs and have lived in the same place for ten years. They’re losers! So they concoct a plan to lie about what they’ve been doing for the last ten years. They haven’t been home in a long time. Nothing can foil their plan.
What I “learned”: High school never ends, but not for the reasons we think.
Our opinion of ourselves is usually really informed by other people, none more so than in high school.We’re young, vulnerable and our brains are only just forming all the way. We always remember the stereotypes we fit at that time. Hell, I still remember when someone called me crazy in high school because I was awkward as all get out. If this movie’s taught me anything about life, it’s that it’s all about how we let those stereotypes affect us. They’re probably based in some kind of truth. But the entire truth? Probably not. So just roll with it!
See this movie if you like: Movies about girlfriends. Romy and Michele are complete idiots, who lead a very superficial life. But their friendship is a wholesome, wonderful thing. Definitely enviable for most women I know. It’s great to see a super-healthy friendship being represented in a movie with no cattiness. Just legitimate fighting about legitimate topics.
Avoid this movie if: You’re not a fan of movies about unsuccessful people that seem to pardon those people’s habits. This is a very specific type of movie, but it’s immediately recognizable. Someone hasn’t accomplished very much in life, and complains about where they are. Instead of what normally happens in life, i.e. they have to learn to deal with the consequences of their actions, they just continue on doing exactly what they were doing before. It becomes a “f**k the man” kind of statement. Then it just miraculously works out for them.
I don’t know about that, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I’d recommend this movie to anyone wanting a movie about girlfriends, but I wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for a great movie about women. I’d lean more toward Legally Blonde for that. Something where the main female characters actually work hard to better their situations.
Actually, just watch this movie for the characters named Lisa and Heather. They’re successful and cool. But have barely any screen time, because American cinema.
New Films Watched: 90
Films Re-Watched: 6
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