Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Review: Clueless (1995)

Clueless (1995)
Directed by Amy Heckerling
Starring: Alica Silverstone, Paul Rudd

Based on: Emma

For the Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie's Written Word

Cher Horowitz and her friend Dionne, two of the most popular sophomores in school, play matchmakers for two teachers. Inspired by their success, Cher takes under her wing Tai, a "clueless" transfer student. While trying to make an advantageous match for Tai, Cher attempts to find a boyfriend of her own. Several misfires take place, due to poor communication, before she finds the Baldwin of her dreams (from

This is one of the first teen movies that I ever saw (of course, I understood about half of it, since I was about 11 years old). Now that I actually understand and appreciate the pop culture references, it's one of my favorite teen movies. I've found that recently the teen movies have lost their charm for me. Not because I don't get the references, but because I don't find them as smart. Austen fans will certainly be able to draw the connections between the characters, and those who haven't read Emma can enjoy it for what it is: a fun teen comedy (with Paul Rudd). Have I mentioned that he is my celebrity crush? I'm not sure why (maybe it was because he married Phoebe on the TV show Friends?).

Quote from the movie:
Heather: It's just like Hamlet said, "To thine own self be true."
Cher: Hamlet didn't say that.
Heather: I think I remember Hamlet accurately.
Cher: Well, I remember Mel Gibson accurately, and he didn't say that. That Polonius guy did.

The slightly PG-13ish trailer


Heather G. said...

This is actually the first movie I saw that got me into Jane Austen! When I first watched it I had no idea it was based on Emma! So as soon as I did I headed out and read it. I love this movie as well, since I was fifteen when it came out it always hit close to home!!!

Amanda said...

I love this movie. I never had any idea it was based on Emma until I read Emma last summer. I was reading, and when the guy wanted that portrait she was making of her friend, I said, Oh I know what's going to happen here, it's just like Clueless! My husband laughed at me and explained. :)

Cecelia said...

Paul Rudd = an awesome celebrity crush choice.

I saw this for the first time the other day when it was on cable...I enjoyed it, but it's not my usual 'thing.' Thanks for sharing!

Briana said...

I love this movie :) I really loved the TV show and I wish it was still on. I tried finding it on Ebay but I had no luck.


Andrea said...

That was one of my favorite movies when it came out. My cousin and I would quote it all the time. Great review.

Emma said...

Haha, I remember really liking this movie. Shallow but funny and cute. Paul Rudd is a worthy celebrity crush. :)

Stephanie said...

I haven't seen this movie in so long - I really need to rent it one day!

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