As Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion celebrates its 20th anniversary, we look back at some of the film’s iconic moments, untold stories, and fun facts:
The film was based on a play by the same writer.
Ladies’ Room was set in the restroom of a Mexican restaurant, where the lives of different women, from an anorexic waitress to a newly promoted vice president, were put in the spotlight. Two of the characters, Romy and Michele, proved to be standouts, and writer Robin Schiff was tapped to create a screenplay that revolved around the duo.
Romy and Michele were based on real people.
Visually, at least. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Schiff shared that the titular characters are based on two girls she used to see going into a club on Sunset Boulevard. “You’d see these two friends, and they looked like they got dressed together and were wearing different versions of the same thing,” she said.
Prior to her role in the film, Lisa Kudrow also played Michele in the play.
She and Schiff met in The Groundlings, an LA-based improv and sketch comedy group they were both
Mira Sorvino had just won an Oscar when she appeared in the film.
Sorvino won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film Mighty Aphrodite.
Homer Simpson (yes, that Homer Simpson) appeared in the film.
When Romy goes to get her car, Ramon and the workers are seen watching The Simpsons on TV. The featured episode is “Deep Space Homer,” where Homer goes to space.
Lisa Kudrow reportedly improvised Michele’s monologue about the special glue.
It’s the one where she talks about thermo-setting the resin and mixing in an epoxide, among other things.
Romy and Michele’s high school wasn’t really in Tucson, Arizona.
Valencia High School, whose exteriors appeared as Sagebrush High School in the film, is located in Santa Clarita, California. The campus is also seen in the films Pleasantville and Bio-Dome.
Justin Theroux had a cameo in the film.
He played the role of Clarence the Cowboy. It was also his second movie role ever.
Janeane Garofalo got her role from The Larry Sanders Show.
She and Romy and Michele’s director David Mirkin worked together on the show, and he felt that her dry wit would be perfect for the role of Heather.
Arthur Fry did create the Post-it Note.
But contrary to what Heather said, Fry did not attend business school.