A review by Shlomoh Sherman
June 8, 2021
Director: Amy Heckerling
Writer: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy
Clueless (1995) on IMDb
Plot Summary: Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other.
Plot Keywords: virgin - high school - valley girl - blonde girl - female protagonist
Taglines: Sex. Clothes. Popularity. Whatever. As if.
Genres: Comedy - Romance Motion Picture Rating (MPAA) Rated PG-13 for sex related dialogue and some teen use of alcohol and drugs
Parents Guide: See below
Language: English - Spanish
Release Date: July 19, 1995 (USA)
Also Known As: I Was a Teenage Teenager
Filming Locations: 5148 Louise Ave, Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA
Opening Weekend USA: $10,612,443 - July 3, 1995
Gross USA: $56,631,572
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $56,631,572
Company Credits: Production Co: Paramount Pictures
Awards: See below
Runtime: 97 min
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Review:Has anyone seen Alicia Silverstone lately? You just know that she cannot be as gorgeous as she was in 1995 when this movie was released. Well then, she was 19 and now she must be 45 or 46. So - you know, long in the tooth.
The first I ever saw her was in The Crush (1993 in which she plays a really mean young girl who does everything to make the audience hate her.
So it was with pleasure that I got a new image of her as Cher Horrowitz, a high school sophmore who only wants to do good deeds, especially helping Tai, a new student become popular and find a boyfriend.
As for Cher, her romantic life is null. That is, until her step brother, Josh, moves in to help her father with his legal business.
Cher and Josh have been friends for many years and then they discover that they are in liove with each other. The scene in which they share their first kiss is followed by a wedding scene. And we hear Cher's charming overvoice: "As if! I'm only 16 and this is California, not Kentucky.
The wedding is that of two of her teachers whom she arranged to start dating.
Rightly put by the webpage at IMDB, "[Cher's] 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.
That is, she is a real MITSVAH girl, a good-deed-doer; what is called in Judaism, a TSEDEKET, a righteous person.
Thge first time I saw this movie in the late 1990s, the fact that Cher is Jewish went completely over my head. I mean, her family bane is Horrowitz. And there is even a scene in which she points out that the bacon she eats is turkey bacon. I warmed to Alicia's performance.
Tai is wonderfully played by Brittany Murphy whose December 2009 untimely death saddened me. Having seen her in too many films in which she portrayed sad, neurotic females, it was a pleasure to see her play a happy teen.
Paul Rudd, whose films include Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, This Is 40, Ant-Man, and Captain America, cheerfully plays Josh, Cher's love-interest.
Having acquired a copy of Clueless, I watched it for a second time last week. If you haen't seen it and you want to see a feel-good movie, borrow it from your local library.
As usual, I append to my own review, that of one review found at IMDB. Here are several excerpts from reviews on IMDB
From the February 26, 2021 review by bapgoi.
Brother/Sister and Father/Daughter
From the December 30, 2018 review by Jenniina J Janette
Greatest Chick Flick Ever!
From the February 21, 2001 review by FlickJunkie
Easy to like
For other user reviews, go to https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112697/reviews?ref_=tt_ql_3
KUDOS to Alicia Silverstone as Cher. See below for info on her forthcoming movie
PARENTS GUIDE FOR CLUELESS (1995)
MPAA - Rated PG-13 for sex related dialogue and some teen use of alcohol and drugs
SEX & NUDITY
VIOLENCE & GORE None (Trigger warning: mild sexual assault.) Man repeatedly attempts to grab and kiss a woman, she repeatedly struggles and has to push him off her. After her repeated fighting, she jumps out of the car and he drives away. A character is tipped down on the balcony of a mall but gets stopped later. She is saved later. A character is robbed at gun-point.
PROFANITY Mild A. word H. word Cher calls herself the R-word for packing the wrong beverage for lunch. Contains occasional use of mild coarse language (e.g. shit).
ALCOHOL, DRUGS & SMOKING Mild A house party scene shows underage teens consuming alcohol. A man is shown vomiting alcohol into a pool. Contains a brief scene where adolescent characters share a joint. Contains infrequent mild drug references, including brief sight of a bong, and a remark made by a character who confuses Coca-Cola with cocaine ("No shit! You guys got coke?").
FRIGHTENING & INTENSE SCENES None We find out Cher's mother is dead. A teen girl is bent over a balcony in a mall and is screaming and very frightened. A group of teens are nearly involved in a car wreck on a freeway they are shown screaming and panicking.
Showing all 6 wins and 11 nominations
American Comedy Awards, USA 1996 Winner American Comedy Award - Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) Alicia Silverstone
Awards Circuit Community Awards 1995 Nominee ACCA - Best Actress in a Supporting Role Brittany Murphy
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 Winner Blockbuster Entertainment Award -Favorite Female Newcomer Alicia Silverstone
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1996 Nominee CFCA Award - Most Promising Actress Alicia Silverstone
Kids' Choice Awards, USA 1996 Nominee Blimp Award - Favorite Movie Actress Alicia Silverstone
MTV Movie + TV Awards 1996 Winner -MTV Movie Award - Best Female Performance Alicia Silverstone
Most Desirable Female Alicia Silverstone Nominee -
MTV Movie Award - Best Movie Best Comedic Performance -Alicia Silverstone
National Board of Review, USA 1995 Winner -NBR Award - Best Breakthrough Performer Alicia Silverstone
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 1996 Winner -NSFC Award Best Screenplay Amy Heckerling
New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1995 Nominee -NYFCC Award Best Screenplay Amy Heckerling
Writers Guild of America, USA 1996 Nominee -WGA Award (Screen) - Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Amy Heckerling
Young Artist Awards 1996 Nominee -Young Artist Award - Best Family Feature - Musical or Comedy Best Young Supporting Actress - Feature Film -Stacey Dash -
Best Young Supporting Actress - Feature Film -Brittany Murphy
Best Young Leading Actress - Feature Film Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone Returns to High School Joining the Cast Of Paramount Players’ Comedy ‘Senior Year’ Starring Rebel Wilson - June 1, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: More than 25 years after her star-making role in Clueless, Alicia Silverstone is ready to make her return to the high school comedy genre. She has joined the cast of Paramount Players’ Senior Year, starring Rebel Wilson. Justin Hartley, Angourie Rice, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Mary Holland and Chris Parnell are also on board. Alex Hardcastle will direct. - Senior Year
Read about Clueless On the Internet Movie Data Base
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 ... Lucy
Wallace Shawn ... Mr. Wendell Hall
Twink Caplan ... Miss Toby Geist
Justin Walker ... Christian
Sabastian Rashidi ... Paroudasm
Herb Hall ... Principal
See full cast and crew: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112697/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
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