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Clueless (1995)


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Clueless (1995)

In writer/director Amy Heckerling's teen-oriented, coming-of-age comedy - a modern update of Jane Austen's classic 1816 novel Emma:

  • Alicia Silverstone's portrayal of self-centered, ultra-rich Beverly Hills Valley-Girl high-schooler Cherilyn "Cher" Horowitz, with her distinctive lingo, including such expressions as: the PC-correct "hymenally-challenged" (instead of virgin), "as if," "surfing the crimson wave", "Baldwin" (meaning a very handsome male), "Betty" (Cher's term for the perfect girl), and "Monet" - ("It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess")
  • the opening scene in which she picked out her outfit for school - using a computer to match her tops and bottoms: ("I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl. I mean, I get up, I brush my teeth. And I pick out my school clothes")
  • the classroom debate scene in which Cher debated immigration policy ('Should all oppressed people be allowed refuge in America') for two minutes against Amber (Elisa Donovan), when she talked about Haitian (pronounced 'Hay-tee-ans') and used a garden party anecdote: ("But it's like when I had this garden party for my father's birthday, right? I said R.S.V.P. because it was a sit-down dinner. But people came that, like, did not R.S.V.P. So I was, like, totally buggin'. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier! And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty"); after Cher's side was presented, Amber claimed that she couldn't argue against Cher's inane statements: "If she doesn't do the assignment, I can't do mine"
  • Cher's father Mel's (Dan Hedaya) warning to a date: "Anything happens to my daughter, I've got a .45 and a shovel. I doubt anybody would miss you"
  • the scene of Cher's mugging when she was robbed of her cellphone and bag, and forced to lie face-down on the pavement, and her excuse not to - it would ruin her dress: ("Oh, no. You don't understand. This is an Alaia....It's, like a totally important designer")
  • Cher's attitude toward report cards: ("Some teachers were trying to lowball me, Daddy. You say never accept a first offer. These grades are a jumping-off point to start negotiations"), and her father's surprise at her improved report card when she argued her way from a C+ to an A- and asserted: ("Totally based on my powers of persuasion")
  • the freeway driving scene ("We're on the freeway!") in which Cher's best friend Dionne Davenport (Stacey Dash) was driving for the first time on an LA freeway, and her boyfriend Murray (Donald Faison) tried to offer helpful instruction, while everyone was freaking out, until they exited safely and Dionne and Murray kissed: (Cher: "Boy, getting off the freeway makes you realize how important love is. After that, Dionne's virginity went from technical to non-existent. And I realized how much I wanted a boyfriend of my own")
  • the scene of Cher's driving test with a DMV officer, when she almost hit a bicyclist, and also side-swiped another car when moving to the right lane in her Jeep: ("Oh, my bad!" and "Oh, should I write them a note?"), and the officer's assessment: ("We're going back to the DMV...It's over...How'd you do? Ha, ha, ha. Well, let's see, shall we? You can't park, you can't switch lanes, you can't make right hand turns, you damaged private property and you almost killed someone. Off hand, I'd say you failed")
Cher's DMV Driving Test
  • and ultimately, Cher's finding of unexpected romance with her ex-stepbrother Josh (Paul Rudd) on her stairway, and sharing a tender kiss with him after he complimented her; she revealed her love for him: ("You're young and you're beautiful...You know you're gorgeous, all right? And popular and, uh, and... but this is not, you know, why I'm here...Are you saying you care about me?") - Cher summarized: ("Well, you can guess what happened next"), although she was humorously referring to a match-making wedding she attended between two nerdy teachers Mr. Hall (Wallace Shawn) and Ms. Geist (Twink Caplan), where she was able to kiss Josh after catching the flower bouquet

Cherilyn "Cher" Horowitz

Computer Outfit Picker

Classroom Debate About Immigration

Cher's Robbery

Freeway Driving Scene

Two Kisses with Ex-Stepbrother Josh


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