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Clueless (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 19 July 1995 (USA)
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

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Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills, must survive the ups and downs of adolescent life. Her external demeanor at first seems superficial, but rather it hides her wit, charm, and intelligence which help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life. Written by Michael Kaminsky <kaminsky@ucsee.eecs.berkeley.edu>

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Sex. Clothes. Popularity. Whatever. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sex related dialogue and some teen use of alcohol and drugs | See all certifications »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$56,631,572 (USA)
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Actors who auditioned for this film included Reese Witherspoon for Cher, Terrence Howard for Murray, Jeremy Renner for Christian and Josh, Zooey Deschanel for Amber and Cher,Owen Wilson for Travis, Leah Remini for Tai, Seth Green for Travis, and Lauryn Hill for Dionne. See more »

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When Cher and Donnie are first walking through their school, six extras wearing white overalls and black shorts walking towards them are nowhere to be seen after the camera focuses back on Cher and Donnie. See more »

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Murray: Woman, lend me fi' dollas.
Dionne: Murray, I have asked you repeatedly not to call me "woman".
Murray: Excuse me, "Ms. Dionne."
Dionne: Thank you.
Murray: Okay, but, street slang is an increasingly valid form of expression. Most of the feminine pronouns do have mocking, but not necessarily in misogynistic undertones.
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Referenced in Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (2009) See more »

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By Cheryl James, Pepa (as Sandra Denton), Mark Sparks, and Otwane Roberts
Performed by Salt-N-Pepa
Courtesy of London Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
Contains sample from "I'm Blue" by Ike Turner
Performed by Sweet Inspirations
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Cluey in spite of its cluelessness
22 January 2001 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

"Let's set 'Emma' in a modern high school!" Does this sound the obvious kind of movie gimmick that everyone uses nowadays? Perhaps, but it's an inspired idea all the same. Jane Austen's characters, and her readers, and the society in which her novels are set, like Jane Austen herself, are HEAVILY conscious of class and social standing. No atmosphere quite so snobbish exists in the modern world. EXCEPT, that is, in the corridors and courtyards of the right kind of high school. And where else in the modern world would you find so many people who seem to spend all their time calling on one another?

I was reminded of how well Heckerling moulded "Emma" to fit a modern setting when I saw the idiotic 1998 version of "Great Expectations", adapted by someone who somehow failed to notice how important all the stuff about class and snobbishness was. It's clear that Heckerling understood her source. She isn't afraid to make changes - even radical changes, if the modern setting requires as much - and no character exists MERELY because they have an analogue in Austen's novel. (The most crucial thing is that the Emma-equivalent be sufficiently charming; and so she is.) The result is a film which is winning and satisfying, whether or not you know anything about the source material.


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