Clueless

Clueless

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Director: Amy Heckerling

Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy

     
 

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Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after "great singers of the past that now do infomercials," are pampered upper-class girls who care less about getting good gradesSee more details below

Overview

Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after "great singers of the past that now do infomercials," are pampered upper-class girls who care less about getting good grades than wearing the right clothes and being as popular as possible. But Cher, who lives with her tough yet warm-hearted lawyer dad (Dan Hedaya) and hunky, sensitive stepbrother (Paul Rudd), also has an innate urge to help those less fortunate -- like the two introverted teachers she brings together ("negotiating" herself improved grades in the process) and new friend Tai (Brittany Murphy), who starts out a geek and ends up a Cher prodigy. Cher also possesses her own sensitive side, and she is looking for the perfect boyfriend, whom she ends up finding where she least expected.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Returning to the milieu of her genre-defining teen masterpiece, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Amy Heckerling again found the sweet spot in the teen world of the time with Clueless -- scoring an enduring hit that appeals to viewers of all ages. A loose adaptation of Jane Austen's 19th-century comedy of manners Emma, Clueless employs high school as a microcosm of a larger society; in this case, the sun-drenched paradise of conspicuous consumption known as Beverly Hills. Leading the pack as a rich, blonde cutie named Cher is Alicia Silverstone, in a career-making performance. With the help of her best friend, Dionne (Stacey Dash), well-meaning busybody Cher attempts to turn the school nerd, Tai (Brittany Murphy), into a teen queen -- with unexpected results. Heckerling's witty satire is dead-on, particularly in its rendering of the kids' speech, an adolescent patois peppered with vacuous expressions like "as if!" and "whatever!" The beauty of Clueless is that, even as it makes fun of Cher's relentless pursuit of popularity, it reveals an insightful, well-meaning individual beneath its heroine's image-obsessed surface.
All Movie Guide
A modern teen update of the classic Jane Austen novel Emma, Clueless puts a novel spin on the time-honored "it's what's inside that counts" tale. Unlike most high-school fare, the film rarely relies on mean-spiritedness for its humor and never resorts to conventional sex-and-beer hijinks. The laughs are spot-on, punctuated by the script's outrageous glossary of teen lingo and its appropriately over-the-top depiction of high-school stereotypes. In a star-making role, Alicia Silverstone is perfect as the spoiled, nakedly manipulative Cher, an L.A. rich kid who finds her soul. As written and directed by Amy Heckerling -- who helmed the similarly bright Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) -- Clueless is less concerned with plot than with savvy one-liners and telling observations on Cher's bizarre world of teen materialism. The film also deserves credit for being one of the first of a spate of candy-colored, teen-oriented retellings of classic stories, including William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1996) and Cruel Intentions (1999).

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
UPC:
0097360504545
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
50,035

Special Features

The Class of '95 - A look at the cast then and now; Creative Writing - Writer/director Amy Heckerling talks about creating the world of "Clueless"; Fashion 101 - How the filmmakers invented the trendsetting fashions that defined the movie; Language Arts - Director and cast give the 411 on the groundbreaking slang and vocabulary used in the movie; "Suck 'N Blow" - A tutorial; Driver's Ed; We're History - Stories from the cast and crew on the making of "Clueless"; 2 theatrical trailers; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 tvs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround - English 2.0 surround - French 2.0 surround; English subtitles; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alicia Silverstone Cher Horowitz
Stacey Dash Dionne
Brittany Murphy Tai
Paul Rudd Josh
Dan Hedaya Mel Hamilton
Donald Faison Murray
Wallace Shawn Mr. Wendell Hall
Breckin Meyer Travis
Jeremy Sisto Elton
Elisa Donovan Amber
Aida Linares Lucy
Twink Caplan Miss Geist
Julie Brown Miss Stoeger
Ron Orbach DMV Tester
Roger Kabler College Guy
Jace Alexander Robber
Carl Gottlieb Minister
Justin Walker Christian

Technical Credits
Amy Heckerling Director,Screenwriter
Barry Berg Co-producer
Twink Caplan Associate Producer
Debra Chiate Editor
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Richard Graves Asst. Director
William Hiney Art Director
Steven Jordan Production Designer
David Kitay Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Lawrence Producer
Mona May Casting,Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Karyn Rachtman Musical Direction/Supervision
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Marcia Ross Casting
Scott Rudin Producer
Adam Schroeder Co-producer
Amy Wells Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Clueless
1. Way Normal Life [1:11]
2. As If [1:45]
3. Chuckleheads [4:23]
4. Powers of Persuasion [1:38]
5. Adorably Clueless [1:05]
6. Makeover [6:58]
7. Rolling With the Homies [3:31]
8. Turn Away [4:19]
9. Calorie Fest [1:20]
10. Down Girl [5:09]
11. Cake Boy [1:45]
12. Majorly, Totally, Butt Crazy in Love [6:21]
13. Do-Gooder [1:13]
14. Puppy Love [4:12]
15. End Credits [3:59]

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