David Mirkin's Romy and Michele's High School Reunion is a dizzying parody of female objectivity and stereotypes. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow star as typical dumb blondes, Romy and Michele, who attempt to make themselves appear successful for their high school reunion. The lead blondes place such importance on their appearance that all other aspects of their lives are moot. They hunt for "successful/ well-to-do" boyfriends, executive style clothing, and jobs to complement their fib about being something more than they are. They want to appear as accomplished women, marked by high paying jobs and nice cars, and diligently try to actualize this goal. At the climax, Romy and Michele realize that success isn't based on appearance but rather on personal contentment. The popular girls of their class "look" great but are actually miserable people.
Romy and Michele turn themselves into objects, just as the film does. The camera cuts them into itty-bitty pieces of the female body, shrouded in lacy pink and baby blue. The complete airheadedness of the heroines pokes fun at the blonde, girlie-girl image that is seen in films, media, and daily life. The over exaggerated stereotype of success in the film is a serious blow to society's view of accomplishment. The fact that Romy and Michele, two dumb and clueless girls, can appear successful simply by driving a jaguar, wearing business suits, and attracting even more successful men shows that too great of an importance is placed on monetary things. Ironically, their outlandish personal styles are accepted by their peers only after the "successful" fashion designer says that their clothes "aren't half bad."
Mirkin's film is a fun pun on success, stereotypes, appearance, and best of all itself.