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Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005)

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Movie 30 May 2005
In this prequel to Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, it shows Romy and Michele as they graduate in 1987, and again three years later as they take on Los Angeles. For years Romy and ... See full summary »

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Robin Schiff

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Robin Schiff (characters), Robin Schiff
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katherine Heigl ... Romy White
Alexandra Breckenridge ... Michele Weinberger (as Alex Breckenridge)
Kelly Brook ... Linda Fashiobella
Scott Vickaryous ... Taylor Bradley
Nat Faxon ... Chad
Dania Ramirez ... Elena
Alexandra Billings ... Donna
Rhea Seehorn ... Ashley Schwartz
William Ragsdale ... Kevin
Paula Abdul ... Herself
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In this prequel to Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, it shows Romy and Michele as they graduate in 1987, and again three years later as they take on Los Angeles. For years Romy and Michele have been dreaming to go to L.A. and become rich and famous, but they decided to put their trip on hold while they save money. Three years have passed by and they've only managed to save $68, only $8 more than they had in high school. Despite their lack of money, they decide to go ahead with their plans to move to L.A. after seeing Pretty Woman. As the girls arrive in L.A., they decide to become prostitutes, but chicken out after their first encounter with a client. As they walk home, a man lends them a dollar for a vending machine, and Romy and Michele are arrested for prostitution. Written by Anonymous

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Before they ruled the reunion, they rocked Hollywood.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romy and Michele: Behind the Velvet Rope See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Touchstone Television See more »
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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Shot as a pilot for a TV series in 2002. The networks passed on making it into a weekly show, so it was shelved and ultimately aired as a movie of the week in 2005. See more »

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Ashley Schwartz talks about the hot new star of 21 Jump Street, Richard Grieco. The movie is set in 1990, and in the previous year he'd left the show to star in his own spin-off Booker (which was canceled after one season). See more »

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Michele Weinberger: You know what I hate? When cute gay guys flirt with you and they know they can't deliver.
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Spoofs A Night at the Roxbury (1998) See more »

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In the beginning was the word, and the word was "Whatever."
21 September 2005 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

"Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" was an amusing trifle of a movie helped enormously by Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino and Janeane Garofalo. "Romy and Michele: In The Beginning" is also an amusing trifle of a movie, but not helped much by Katherine Heigl.

Robin Schiff, returning to her characters to write and direct this TV movie with our heroines before they claimed to invent Post-It notes, delivers a pretty decent script that passes the time well - this may be the only TV movie in history where a character celebrates her man-to-woman surgery with a "coming off" party (I understand this was made for the ABC Family Channel in America; over here cable won't show it until after the watershed). The story isn't original, but at least the dreaded sitcom misunderstandings aren't dwelt on for the bulk of the movie (Romy thinks their male neighbours are gay; the one Michele falls in love with thinks they're drag queens), allowing us to get on with the 1990s nostalgia and the friendship strains, and the movie surprisingly keeps from making the evil publicist's doomed-to-failure picks for success (Richard Greico, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane") into a strained running gag.

Though amusing and likable, the trouble with this movie is that Katherine Heigl as Romy spends more time impersonating Lisa Kudrow and doing it gratingly (she's a lot better now on "Grey's Anatomy"), and as a lot of the movie centres on her character the entire proceedings suffer. (And kudos to the other poster who pointed out that Lisa Kudrow didn't play Romy in the movie in the first place, something I admit I'd forgotten until now...) Fortunately, Alex Breckenridge is better as Michele, and it's always a treat to see Paula Abdul (although the less said about the cover of "Opposites Attract" the better). And as for Kelly Brook (!) as supermodel Linda Fashionella... well, the movie does deserve praise for having both Paula Abdul and Kelly Brook in the first place.

You could do a lot worse. And it's fun to hear my two favourite moled brunettes (Paula and Cindy Crawford) get name-checked in the same movie.


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