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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino, 1997, (c) Buena

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Even if you’ve seen Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino go back to school, you can probably still find new nuggets to enjoy in their classic comedy.

1. The film grew from a stage play.

The film is based on an original play by eventual screenwriter Robin Schiff called “Ladies’ Room,” which featured Romy and Michele as marginal characters and took place entirely in a Mexican restaurant bathroom during happy hour. Legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling was the original financier of the play.


2. Lisa Kudrow really knew the Michele character.

Prior to her fame on Friends, Kudrow originated the role of Michele in “Ladies’ Room” when it premiered at the Tiffany Theater in West Hollywood in 1988. Kudrow got the part in the play because both she and Schiff were members of the LA-based comedy troupe the Groundlings, and she continued to play the character onstage until the movie was released in 1997.


3. Romy and Michele really existed in a bathroom somewhere.

The idea for the characters of Romy and Michele first came to Schiff when she overheard a banal, cliché-ridden conversation between two women in a bathroom at a fashionable Los Angeles club.


4. Romy and Michele were originally destined for a sitcom.

But their creator didn’t think audiences would tolerate the characters.


5. The film’s rookie director had comedy chops.

Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion marks the directorial debut of David Mirkin, who previously worked as a writer on the TV shows Three’s Company, Newhart, and The Larry Sanders Show but is perhaps best known for his Emmy-winning work on The Simpsons.


6. Homer Simpson makes a quick cameo.

The show that Ramon and the service workers are watching on TV when Romy comes to get the car is the “Deep Space Homer” episode of The Simpsons where Homer goes to space.


7. Sorvino was fresh off of an Oscar win.

Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion was the first movie actress Mira Sorvino chose to appear in after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite.


8. The Larry Sanders Show got Janeane Garofalo her part.

Garofalo was chosen for the role of the chain-smoking Heather because she previously worked with Mirkin on The Larry Sanders Show, and he thought her trademark dry wit would be perfect for the role.

9. The amazing costumes also had stage roots.

All of the flamboyant costumes in the movie are from costume designer Mona May, who had also designed the costumes for the San Francisco production of the original stage play “Ladies’ Room.”


10. Justin Theroux played the mysterious Cowboy Clarence.

It was just his second movie role.


11. You can spend the night at Romy and Michele’s place.

Their apartment building on Venice Beach in Los Angeles is now a hotel called The Venice Suites. It’s located at 417 Ocean Front Walk.


12. The high school wasn’t really in Tucson.

Exteriors of Romy and Michele’s “Sagebrush High School,” supposedly in Tucson, Arizona, are actually Valencia High School located in Santa Clarita, California.


13. Quentin Tarantino’s fake brands are sprinkled into the film.

Big Kahuna Burger and Red Apple Cigarettes make appearances.


14. There are several possible explanations for the Tarantino nods.

Tarantino and Sorvino dated for a time during the ‘90s. Romy and Michele’s Production Designer Mayne Berke is also friends with Jerry Martinez, the designer who created the fake brands for Tarantino.


15. Arthur Fry did in fact create the Post-It Note.

But he did not attend business school as Janeane Garofalo’s character says.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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