We are down to the second to last installment of this series. Previously we have looked at dance scenes in Reality Bites, Pulp Fiction, and House Party. Today, we shift to the time honored tradition of high school reunions, but with the added over the top 90's fashion, and of course, a choreographed dance scene to solidified one's awesomeness despite not inventing Post-It notes. That is right, today, we look at the end dance scene in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997).
Like so many others before them (and after them), Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) feel the need to fib a bit to impress their classmates at their ten-year high school reunion. Though they are still trying to figure out what to do with their lives career-wise, the two have a pretty good life in Los Angeles. They still feel the need to dress more conservatively and say they invented Post-It notes to impress the popular girls.
Needless to say the lie falls apart, but instead of going home defeated the two best friends decide to be themselves. They ditch the blazers and don dresses they have designed and made together. These leads to not getting praise for their designs, but also a friendship with Heather (Janeane Garofalo), who felt the girls made her life a living hell like the mega popular girls did to Romy and Michelle, and the arrival of Sandy Fink (Alan Cumming) - the class nerd who is now successful, rich, and rocks the "geek chic."
Sandy asks Michelle, the girl he has loved since high school to dance, but this time she doesn't reject him, but asks if Romy can dance with them too. All those nights dances at the club in Los Angeles pays off. They twirl, skip, incorporate ballet moves whilst in shinny - only in the 90s dresses (the kind Cher would wear in Clueless). They also dance to one of the greatest songs of all time, Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time.
You could argue that the scene is not necessary, and not all dance scenes are, but it is quintessential late 90s, which makes it an essential scene and why it scored its place in this series. It also never fails to make one smile. Watch it again in the link below if you don't believe me. Plus, do not forget to check back next week for the final installment. I promise you will not want to miss that one.