Exactly 18 years ago this week, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion hit theaters. It was a time before Facebook told you everything you needed to know about former high school friends you wanted to talk to – as well as the ones you didn’t – and high school reunions were a very big deal. The film starred Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as Romy White and Michele Weinberger, two friends who set out to attend their 10-year high school reunion and prove that they have it together.
The film captured all of the anxieties that used to be associated with these sort of events: facing former crushes, seeing what everyone looked like and learning what exactly they were doing with their lives. Now a quick little LinkedIn search will usually answer questions like that.
But back in 1995, you could be whoever you wanted, which is exactly what single, unemployed and unimpressive Romy and Michele did when they returned to their high school and claimed to have invented Post-it notes. (Remember: This was four years before the launch of Wikipedia, when you could even consider pulling off such a farce.)
While they get called out on their lie, the two girls eventually change out of their business suits, come clean and attend the reunion as the real Romy and Michele. Like any good fairytale should end, they then get whisked away in a helicopter by their nerd-turned-billionare classmate. The moral of the story? You do you – and be nice to the nerds.