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on 19 October 2009
I was a teenager when I first watched Clueless on VHS and at 27, I still love it. You might not think that a film about a rich teenage girl living in California sounds like a classic, but I assure you, you're wrong. This film is simply one of a kind. No film has been made since Clueless that even comes close to it. It is loosely based on Jane Austen's Emma, a premise that you might think sounds bizarre in an American film set in Beverly Hills High, but it actually works quite well. Alicia Silverstone is 15 year-old Cher, a girl who thinks she knows everything. She successfully plays matchmaker to two lonely teachers, while kindly takes new girl Tai (Brittany Murphy) under her wing and gives her a makeover while attempting to set her up with one of her friends, Elton, who has a thing for Cher himself. Then there's her relationship with Josh who is about as different from her as can be, and her best friend Dionne, who constantly has guy drama in her life. Somehow, this film doesn't look dated in spite of the passing of time since it was first released, though of course some of the fashion has. But in a weird way, it sort of works.
What makes Clueless stand out has a lot to do with the wonderful characters and of course the script. It's much smarter than most films aimed at 'young' audiences today but it doesn't try to be. Clueless makes me feel safe. It's a world of sunshine, palm trees, shopping sprees and friendships in which nothing bad really happens. Watch it, escape and enjoy.
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VINE VOICEon 20 June 2008
I can't get enough of Clueless, despite recently being told I shouldn't like it because it's a "girl film". It's right at the top of the teen movie pile alongside Dazed And Confused and The Breakfast Club. What little story there is (courtesy of Jane Austen) is padded out with great dialogue (the film has an exceptionally high rate of gags), hilarious characters and plenty to identify with, if you live in California in the nineties and are rich. That cheap criticism aside, seriously, the film's classic, a really rewatchable comedy, so if it's £4 or so, definitely pick the DVD up.

Ah, the DVD. 10th Anniversary or thereabouts equals new interviews are retrospective featurettes on everything from casting to vocabulary (much maligned since, remarkably fresh at the time) with input from all the key players except for, predictably, Alicia Silverstone, who was presumably busy filming...er...Excess Baggage 2? Seriously though, based on her performance in this film alone, Silverstone should have been a HUGE star, but one bad choice led to another and soon enough she was fighting Arnie alongside Bat-Clooney and hasn't made anything noteworthy since. Director Amy Heckerling (female Tim Burton) has plenty to say, as do Breckin Meyer, Stacy Dash (28 when filming!) and the rest, plus there's plenty of archive footage if you need your Sliverstone fix.

This movie is an easy watch for obvious reasons, and the extras on offer manage to remain informative without slipping into "he's so great, she's so great" territory. A great few hours' entertainment then, even if it is a "girl film".
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on 22 March 2003
A wonderful up to date retelling of Jane Austen's, 'Emma'. Cher (Silverstone) has a privileged life, she goes to a great school and is popular along with her good friend Dionne (Dash).
She lives with her widowed father (Hedaya) and the only pebble under her perfectly manicured feet is her ex step-brother Josh (Rudd).
Cher loves to play matchmaker and can't resist the challenge when she meets the new girl in school, Ty, who isn't exactly 'popular' material at first glance. Having taken her under her wing and given her a complete makeover, Cher then tries to match her up with various boys.
This is alright until Ty takes a fancy to Josh and then Cher suddenly realises that she has feelings for him herself - but who will get the man?
Silverstone is absolutely fantastic in this film. She handles the difficult role SO well and you can't help but really like Cher and want her to get the man of her dreams for all her obvious flaws.
Add a brilliant combination of comedy, both oneliners and visual, and the fact that it's literally such a colourful movie and you've got yourself a film that will leave you smiling for ages afterwards.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 February 2007
'Clueless' is an adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Emma', transferred to an American high school. It is beautifully scripted and directed (by Amy Heckerling), and all the main elements in the book are very naturally and convincingly paralleled. There's a first-rate central performance from Alicia Silverstone as Cher, the well-meaning but naive and managing Emma equivalent with Paul Rudd a good foil to her in the Knightley role. Special mention for Dan Hedaya as Cher's Dad, a high-powered lawyer putting in a lugubrious but in the end kindly portrayal. But the whole cast are good and there's some very nice ensemble playing. It's something of a feel-good film - nothing wrong with that - but genuinely witty and fresh. Very enjoyable, well worth seeing.
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on 6 August 2002
The phrase 'chick flick' strikes fear into the heart of many a man across the world - occassionally women too, but predominantly the male species. Well, I'm a guy, and there's no need to fear this! There are awful girly flicks out there - 10 Things I Hate About You and Bring It On being the main offenders - but Clueless is different somehow. It's funny without being soppy, and has its share of laugh out loud moments. Even the romantic links don't manage to make you puke in disgust - surely a good sign!
What's it all about? Well, Cher is the most popular girl at Bronson Alcott High School. Her and Dionne are at the top of the social tree and they rule the school. Everything goes along just fine until Josh, Cher's nerdy ex-stepbrother arrives, as does Tai, a girl who has no idea about contemporary Californian style. So Tai is made popular, but Cher's interference in her lovelife backfires, and all of a sudden there is a new man in her life! As her world starts to unravel, what will become of her?
Alicia Silverstone plays Cher and she plays such an unbelievable person so convincingly that it is scary! Why didn't she get an Oscar nomination? Paul Rudd is ace as wise-cracking sarcasm king Josh, whilst Stacey Dash is marvellous as short tempered 'technically virginal' Dionne. Brittany Murphy plays stupid Tai, and Elisa Donovan plays 'ensemble challenhed' Amber brilliantly. Am I biased? No, I don't like all chick flicks, and I wasn;t a fan of anyone in it beforehand. So there.
Memorable scenes include Tai falling downstairs at a party, Dionne and her boyfriend Murray's argument outside school and Cher saying that 'I learn you lose weight by doing it like this' when eating chips.
Chick-flick it may be, but this is an intelligent, good-hearted film with everyone involved giving their all. Don't be put off by the tag attached to chick-flick... this is in a class of its own, end of story. Buy it.
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on 22 June 2003
I thought this combination of films was great for all lovers of romantic comedy. Clueless tells the story of a rich girl in Beverley Hills, who, along with her well to do friends, learns a lesson or two in life and love, and eventually, inevitably finds true love herself. Clueless had me laughing all the way through, and is worth watching over and over again.
Save the Last Dance is another feel-good film, with a wider range of emotions drawn in. It stars Julia Stiles, playing a ballet dancer who has to move to Chicago following her mother's death. Away from the life she has known, she vows never to dance again, until she meets someone who teaches her not only to dance, but to love as well. This was a fantastic film, with great music and cool dance moves. Some moments I laughed, others I cried. Definitely a must-see movie
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on 30 May 2013
Light as a cupcake but capturing, in its carefree way, the 90s zeitgeist, Clueless is probably what a lot of teen films aspire to be. It succeeds where many fail because it has a smart, witty script and kind approach to its characters. Its only real flaw is that it ends just as it's beginning: it's mostly first and no second act, so just as the story's problems are developing - soured friendships, work crises etc. - it immediately resolves them to have a nice scene before the credit roll. But despite that, Clueless is an excellent piece of escapist comedy. Those who allege that it's too superficial miss the point. Like Jane Austen's Emma, which it borrows its basic narrative from, Clueless seeks humour and romance in an insular world, and in my opinion finds them.
Alicia Silverstone plays Cher, a Beverly Hills high schooler who lives in luxury and doesn't have sharp eyes for consequence, but is a charming girl whose shallowness hides intelligence. Her best friend is Dionne (Stacey Dash), and together they "adopt" a socially clueless classmate, Tai (the late Brittany Murphy), to turn her into a popular girl. This charitable endeavour is inspired by Cher's newfound matchmaking abilities, though she doesn't seem to realise a budding affection in her own life, between herself and her idealistic ex-stepbrother, Josh (Paul Rudd).
Silverstone is perfect as Cher because she manages to balance adorability with silliness. Cher's a sheltered rich girl, but she's sweet and clever in a way which a lot of similar characters from other teen films aren't. Her dad (Dan Hedaya) is a gruff but deeply caring man and Josh is capably played by Rudd, who's made a career playing flawed nice guys. Murphy was a gifted comic actress, so watching her, in the light of her death, is somewhat bittersweet. Breckin Meyer plays a kind stoner, and Jeremy Sisto a popular boy. Donald Faison, best known as Dr. Chris Turk on Scrubs, plays a similar but broader character here; he's Dionne's boyfriend. Noted actor and playwright Wallace Shawn shows up as a lonely teacher, and is typically great.
Plenty of delightful romantic confusions keep Clueless rolling, like Cher's doomed "seduction" of a handsome classmate (Justin Walker). The script is packed with dialogue much subtler and funnier than it needs to be, as when Cher says: "Isn't my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972." At its core Clueless is a gentle satire of 90s teenage culture, just as Emma was a satire of early 19th-century middle-class culture. It's featherlight almost to a fault and doesn't care about drama so much as funny lines spoken by nice people. Sometimes that's all I want from a film. There's a great, unspoken misunderstanding that romantic comedies need to be stupid. Clueless, which is smarter than a new pin, proves that notion wrong.
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on 1 July 2013
I can't remember why I brought this on video years ago, I may have seen an advert for it on something else, which is why I buy some films. anyway, I've replaced it on dvd now, haven't put it on yet, but I remember pretty much the whole film and it's great.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 August 2011
Jane Austen's Emma gets a Bronson Alcott High School makeover......

Much like Mean Girls that would follow nine years later, Clueless has a lot more beneath its pastel coloured surface than merely High School coming of age froth. Firmly cloaked in satirical winks, Amy Heckerling's {Look Who's Talking} film is a sharp parody of the wealthy whilst cunningly observing the life essentials such as friends, family and the four letter word that is love. Told from the perspective of Cher {a delightful, pretty and breezy Alicia Silverstone}, Clueless follows the Austen formula of a young girl who means to do well for others without realising she is sacrificing her own destiny. Cher is a wonderful jumble of contradictions, but in a good way. She's brainy but stupid, sophisticated but totally ignorant. She is a character that in the wrong hands could really have sank the movie's motives. So it's with great credit that Silverstone, guided by Heckerling's writing and direction, makes Cher utterly adorable in spite of her deficiencies. In fact it gives the film its strength. The ending for sure is never in doubt, but with the sharpness of tongue {the sassy teen dialect is a metaphoric joy} blending in with the air of sweetness throughout, Heckerling has crafted an alternative, modern day classic of her own.

Backing up the fine work from Silverstone is the equally pretty Stacey Dash as best pal Dionne {a 30 year old playing a 15 year old!}, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya {joyous as Cher's father}, Donald Faison and Breckin Meyer. A rocking sound track helps the movie flow, and Bill Pope's photography of the California locations looks pristine in High Definition. It's a warm and intelligent picture is Clueless, far from perfect, but in itself most definitely not clueless. 7.5/10
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on 21 July 2003
Who can ask for more with the classic comedic activities of Cher and Dionne with their makeover magic and the more intellectual film Save the Last Dance to create an unstoppable combination.
Starring Alicia Silverstone, Clueless shows how seemingly materialistic and popular teenager girls actually have a heart of gold.
Save the Last Dance, by far the best of the two has several themes running through the film regarding racism, tolerance and acceptance and how determination means you can achieve your dreams.
Why have you given it four stars I hear you say?
Well, I would however say that these films (Clueless in particular) are aimed at the female population though I'm sure if the men had their girlfriends cuddling up to them they wouldn't mind what they watched, even if they really would prefer Die Hard or Terminator!
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