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Real to Real
by Chuc LaVenture

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Guys, I hate to say it but I wasn't in the mood to see a movie this week. I was in South Beach taking in the scenery when Kevin who, in his anally responsible way, reminded me that I needed a review for the current issue of Ambush (of course he's only anal about MY responsibilities).

Lisa & MiraWell, South Beach had just too much to offer the eye, so I insisted we wait until we got to Cocoa to see Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. We dutifully traipsed off to the local cinema in Cocoa to view this rather pallid farce, along with 20 or 30 octogenarians.

The story begins in Los Angeles, where Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are currently living. Romy is a cashier at a high end garage and Michele is successfully unemployed. They occupy their time designing and making clothes that they then wear clubbing. It is an exceedingly shallow life but the two seem to revel in it. Romy, while at work, meets an old high school classmate, Heather, played to perfection by Janeane Garafalo. A chain-smoking, foul-mouthed bitch, she steals the movie. Heather offhandedly inquires as to whether or not Romy and Michele will be attending their upcoming 10th year high school reunion. It seems Romy and Michele haven't been invited.

There is a wonderful flashback to the not so halcyon days of high school that gives us our insights into the characters of Romy and Michele-and these two still wanted to go their high school reunion? There is no glutton like these two gluttons for punishment.

They, of course, go through the whole pre-reunion rush to lose weight, creatively take liberties with the truth of their existence and borrow the right car to arrive in at the reunion. This latter problem is solved in an ingenious, and rather comical way.

The rest of the movie is your typical buddy movie: friends who stand by one another, have a falling out, and eventually come together stronger for having supported one another through some hardship. The only difference between this movie and most other buddy movies is that this movie is about two women. I have to say, though, that these two women are funny. It is unfortunate that the script is not. Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorbino created two over-the-top, endearing, dingbats and it's a shame that the script wasn't hearty enough to sustain them.

To sum things up, I'm on vacation guys. The movie is fun, if shallow. And Kevin and I have a date for lunch at the port with two incredibly well-built young entrepreneurs. So tata from South Beach and Cocoa; we'll see ya when we return to Sin City.

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