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Clueless (1995)

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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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Amy Heckerling

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Amy Heckerling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Silverstone ... Cher
Stacey Dash ... Dionne
Brittany Murphy ... Tai
Paul Rudd ... Josh
Donald Faison ... Murray
Elisa Donovan ... Amber
Breckin Meyer ... Travis
Jeremy Sisto ... Elton
Dan Hedaya ... Mel Horowitz
Aida Linares Aida Linares ... Lucy
Wallace Shawn ... Mr. Wendell Hall
Twink Caplan ... Miss Toby Geist
Justin Walker ... Christian
Sabastian Rashidi Sabastian Rashidi ... Paroudasm
Herb Hall Herb Hall ... Principal
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Storyline

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. Is there a problem here? See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Was a Teenage Teenager See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,612,443, 23 July 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,631,572

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,700,000
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cher's last name is given as Horowitz, but shown on her report card as Hamilton. This may be an in-joke, as director Amy Heckerling's previously directed Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) featured a character named Stacey Hamilton. See more »

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When Cher and Dionne are reading the card they wrote to Ms Geist, Dionne's speaking line does not match the words written in the card. See more »

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Cher: Miss Stoeger, I would just like to say that physical education in this school is a disgrace. I mean, standing in line for forty minutes is hardly aerobically effective. I doubt I've worked off the calories in a stick of Carefree gum.
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THE GHOST IN YOU
By Richard Butler and Tim Butler
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Clueless: An near-perfectly updated classic
17 August 2006 | by Flagrant-BaronessaSee all my reviews

"Isn't my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972."

When romantic high-school comedy Clueless (1995) was released, it was immediately vaulted into cult-status and firmly stapled as one of the most original teen-flicks of the 1990s. 'Original' is perhaps a term wrongly applied since it is based on the queen of romance Jane Austen's Emma (1815) . But what Clueless did was update the classic story by coating it with high school drama, teenage girls and shopping and sprinkle it with heavy doses of humour.

Emma is no longer Emma; she is Cher (Alicia Silverstone), a spoiled rich girl walking around in her Beverly Hills mansion in a bubble of stereotypes and teen-clichés -- but with a great big heart. So big-hearted, in fact, that she takes on the lost goofy new girl in her school to find her love and popularity, knowing full-well that it could destroy her own reputation. Clueless thus sees Cher and her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) on a mission to do good. Real good.

All the detours this mission entail are captured brilliantly in the film, taking the form of love-interests, parties, shopping and misunderstandings. From Cher's grumpy lawyer-father (an hilarious Dan Hedaya) and her nerdy step-brother (a likable Paul Rudd) to her eccentric group of friends at school, Clueless is a superb ride of teenage comedy camp. Only just over 10 years old, it is still extremely dated today. But no matter, because the 90s clichés like skateboarding, Marky Mark and the catch-phrase "As if" just make it so much more contemporary and fun to watch.

What elevates Clueless (1995) above generic high school comedy is its use of stereotypes. In most films they are unintentionally there to create a subconscious effect, but in Clueless they are made fun of to a much higher degree -- they are overblown and glorious. It brutally satirizes rich kids and their 'problems' and juxtaposes them with a classic, heart-felt love-story. The kind that only Jane Austen can write.

9/10


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