‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ Might Be Getting a Sequel

Don’t mark your calendars just yet, but if Romy and Michelle have their way, they’re going to reunite again. Both Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino have expressed interest in a sequel to the 1997 comedy Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.

While the movie didn’t score big in the box office popularity contest, it has grown in stature to become a bonafide cult hit. And with Hollywood being particularly nostalgia-hungry these days, we wouldn’t put a sequel past them.

‘Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion’ was released 22 years ago

Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino
Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino at the prmeiere of Romy and Michele’s High school Reunion | Getty Images

The 1997 movie, based on a play called Ladies Room, told the story of two best friends who have been inseparable since high school. Romy (Sorvino) works at a car dealership while Michelle (Kudrow) is unemployed. Neither woman has really grown up since high school. But what really bothers Romy is that she and her friend haven’t accomplished much, and that’ll make a poor impression at their ten-year reunion.

So Romy and Michelle fake it, showing up in a fancy car from Romy’s workplace and snazzier clothes than they typically wear. They figure this way they can also get back at the A-List: the mean girls of their day who relentlessly mocked Romy and Michelle.

Of course, things don’t go entirely as planned.

The movie made just shy of $30 million at the box office but grew in stature with home video rentals turning it into a cult hit. It may not be quoted as frequently as The Princess Bride or Mean Girls, but it has enough of a following that fans have referenced it to Sorvino in public.

Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow both want a sequel

In a recent interview on Larry King Now, host Dennis Miller told Sorvino it must be her “airport movie.” Sorvino confirmed this, saying: “The first time I knew it really made a difference or indent in the culture was, I was at the Louvre museum in Paris. Someone came up to me and tapped me on the shoulder, and I turned around, and there was this American teenager who said, ‘I’m the Mary.'”

What made this all the funnier was that Sorvino didn’t get the reference at first. Then the light bulb turned on. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, you’re doing lines from Romy and Michelle!'” she exclaimed. “Now it’s just grown and grown, and every year there’s more and more popularity, it seems.”

Not to be left out, Kudrow told E! News: “Well, sure. Yeah, why not? I mean…if it makes sense for those two people to be around my age and see what’s going on.” 

A prequel of the movie already happened

A lot of people don’t know, or may have forgotten there was already a Romy and Michelle TV prequel in 2005 called Romy and Michelle: In the Beginning. Katherine Heigl played Romy and Alexandra Breckinridge was Michelle. It was directed by Robin Schiff, who wrote the play the movie was based on, but the prequel didn’t make much of an impression.

Maybe that’s why Schiff needed a little convincing, saying to E!: “I really wasn’t even thinking of doing a sequel. But I thought, at least I should put some thought into it because of all this love coming the way of the movie…I would be an interesting challenge to try and solve.”

Still, Sorvino wants to help solve that challenge, taking an educated guess at where Romy would be now, which would be still stuck in the past. 

“They’d be kind of the same, just a little older, but still thinking they were younger and still thinking they were cool,” Sorvino said. 

Sorvino and Schiff attended a 20th-anniversary screening, which got such a joyous response Sorvino said she felt like a rock star.

“I felt like for the first and only time in my life what it must feel like to be a rock star. There was this wave of standing ovation and screaming for several minutes for me and Robin,” Sorvino said. 

We wonder if those people were all the Marys too.