In 1997, Romy and Michele conquered the dreaded high-school reunion career inquiry with a little lie about having invented Post-Its. Tonight and tomorrow, the Denver FilmCenter's Watching Hour will bring it all back home by showing Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (along with a pre-party) to highlight every graceless moment in this epic tale of two wayward nerds who indulge in one night of winning in exchange for four years of teenage hell.
"This is a great vehicle for Mira Sorvino's and Lisa Kudrow's chemistry," says FilmCenter programming director Keith Garcia, adding that the flick should be a part of the "cult-film canon."
The evening begins with an awkward prom pre-party in the lobby at 9 p.m., where patrons are encouraged to dress like their high-school-senior selves and bring photo proof of the era. The theater will be selling pizza and adult "punch" for those of age; boys and girls are also invited to dance together as an "awkward prom king and queen" are named. The movie screens at 10 p.m.
Romy and Michele kicks off a month-long celebration of female-fronted comedies, with She-Devil, Troop Beverly Hills and Bridesmaids on tap for the remainder of January. For more information on the Watching Hour or to purchase tickets, $5 to $7, call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.
Fri., Jan. 6, 10 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 7, 10 p.m., 2012