A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Romy and Michele lie about their accomplishments to impress others and seem to believe that appearances are more important than hard work, good intentions, and decency. They may be low on brains, but they register high on the drive spectrum. When they set their minds on looking pretty for their upcoming high school reunion, they sweat it off at the gym, make flashy new clothes, and creatively find a way to borrow a snazzy ride to the party.
Positive Role Models
The girls are not what most parents would hope their children to be -- that is, obsessed with all things superficial, including looks, clothes, body size, cute guys, living in a cool place, and other people's views of them. But they do love each other and, despite the relationship's ups and downs, display an unflagging loyalty to each other.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Michele and Romy go dancing wearing sexy but body-covering outfits, and they're on the prowl for boyfriends. In exchange for borrowing a guy's Jaguar, Michele verbally pretends to have sex with the car's owner so coworkers on the other side of a closed door hear their fake moans. A drunken married man suggests he and Romy get a room to have sex.
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Expect the liberal use of "f--k," "s--t," "jerk off," "bitch," "hell," "a--hole," "erection," "penis," and "turd."
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Products & Purchases
Romy is a cashier at a Jaguar dealership, and the brand is seen in several scenes. The friends claim they invented Post-its.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At least two characters smoke, one made her fortune in the cigarette business, and at least one character is an alcoholic who is sloppily inebriated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that most of the common curse words ("f--k," "s--t") get a workout here. The main characters lie about their accomplishments to impress others and seem to believe that appearances are more important than hard work, good intentions, and decency. Michele is so intent on borrowing a Jaguar to impress former classmates that she audibly pretends to have sex with a man who owns a nice car so he can elevate his image in the view of their eavesdropping coworkers. A married alcoholic suggests he and Romy take a hotel room to have sex. One character, who used to grab a secret smoke between classes in high school, makes her fortune in the cigarette business. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a pleasant enough diversion, but it falls into the category of stupid people struggling with their stupidity. Some may find this taxing even in the face of solid performances and occasional clever plot turns. The moral, if this movie has one, seems to be that ignorance can be bliss and that bliss, rare as it is, should not be dismissed lightly. But parents may be concerned about the main characters' obsession with the superficial: looks, body size, clothes, attracting cute guys, driving fancy cars, and having impressive jobs. Romy and Michele lie to their classmates about their work, claiming they invented Post-its, to show their lives have amounted to something since graduation 10 years before. Their lies are exposed and, to their credit, they maintain their dignity in the face of ridicule, but the Post-it story is so outrageous that you may feel ridicule is deserved. Nevertheless, one main character seems to achieve a happily-ever-after with a rich suitor who used to be the class nerd. Somehow the girls ultimately take pride in knowing that they're basically happy souls who didn't really know that they had reason to be disappointed in themselves until the reunion raised the issue.
Mira Sorvino as Romy is funny, a Harvard graduate in real life playing someone decidedly slow on the uptake. Lisa Kudrow, also known for her intelligence, is covering familiar ground, her performance reverberating with her Phoebe character, a hilarious but slightly different kind of dope she played in the long-running sitcom Friends.
Perhaps this is all meant to be a send-up of living the shallow life, but children will have to be exceptionally sophisticated to see this as social satire.
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