Clueless

  • 12
  • Amy Heckerling (1995)
  • US
  • 93 min
Clueless
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Would you believe a loose adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma plonked down squarely in Beverly Hills 90210? Well, that's the setting for this screamingly funny satire-cum-put-on, which perfectly captures the inanities of 1990s teen America. Alicia Silverstone is a delight as Cher, the chic but dippy blonde who's devoted to improving the love lives of her Rodeo Drive-shopping high-school girlfriends, even though she can't sort out her own. Together with her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash), Cher indulges in the trials and tribulations of designer-label animosity and MTV promiscuity, while her lawyer father (Dan Hedaya) and intellectual stepbrother (Paul Rudd) look on in total bemusement. Like Heathers before it, director Amy Heckerling's smart satire sharpens its comedic scalpel on the manners and mores of self-centred fashion victims. A quick note about the Clueless lingo: "majorly" means very, "do-able" means sexually attractive, a "hottie" is a do-able babe and a "Baldwin" is a gorgeous hunk. While mainly aimed at teens, like all fine comedies it will appeal to anyone with a wicked sense of humour and taste for the ironic. It's also one of those rare comedies which remains funny even when not delivering great one-liners. Examples? "What did you do in school today?" "Oh, I broke in my purple clogs"; "What's the point of learning to park when every place you go to has a valet?"; "My plastic surgeon doesn't want me doing any activity where balls fly at my nose." You'll have to watch the movie to hear the hilariously vulgar riposte to the latter.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy updating Jane Austen's Emma to the present day, starring Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd. Cher and her best friend Dionne are going on 16 and know everything about being gorgeous, popular, and always in vogue. But everything changes when Tai, a new transfer student, arrives. She is, in a word, "clueless", and Cher sees it as her mission in life to give Tai a complete makeover.

Cast and crew

Cast

Cher
Alicia Silverstone
Dionne
Stacey Dash
Josh
Paul Rudd
Tai
Brittany Murphy
Murray
Donald Faison
Amber
Elisa Donovan
Travis
Breckin Meyer
Elton
Jeremy Sisto
Christian
Justin Walker
Mr Hall
Wallace Shawn
Miss Geist
Twink Caplan
Mel
Dan Hedaya

Crew

Director
Amy Heckerling

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Guidance: 
Edited for language.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy