'Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion' (1997)
If you were in the mood for a female comedy circa the mid-Nineties, you had to settle for something along the lines of The First Wives Club (1996), in which a bunch of "older" actresses — by Hollywood standards, of course, older translates as above the age of 28 — plot revenge on their philandering ex-husbands. Nothing against Diane Keaton, Goldie "Private Benjamin" Hawn or Bette Midler, the latter in particular being a staple of big-budget female-driven farces throughout the Eighties (see 1987's Outrageous Fortune and 1988's Big Business); it would be nice, however, to see what sort of comediennes the younger generation could produce as well. Enter Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, a movie about two immature, materialistic besties which starts off as a sort of female Bill & Ted flick before morphing into a story about the need to leave childish things behind. Not that Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino's airheads aren't wonderfully ditzy creations — Kudrow had been perfecting her clueless persona on Friends for years, and the two have great chemistry. It's that the movie dares you to feel sympathy for these grown-up mallrats even as you're tempted to laugh at them.