CORPORATE LINE: Loosely based on Jane Austen’s classic, “Emma,” high school teenagers in Beverly Hills (many of whom seem to be named after singers who now do television infomercials) change outfits, have nose jobs and cellular phones, and take care of everybody else’s, except their own, social lives.
THE MOVIE: As snobby as the characters is—Cher is still likable. Its Alicia Silverstone’s movie and she is the sole reason Clueless is any fun. The beauty of the film lies in Cher’s innocence in a world that is purely material.
The rest of the cast is perfect for their parts. Most scenes are quite funny—even if you aren’t a big fan of teen comedies. The most amazing part of Clueless is how it has nearly zero plot and still commands laughs—without taken it on the chin for having no reason for being.
“The Class of ‘95” – An interview with director Amy Heckerling. It’s interesting that the cast is missing.
“Creative Writing” – Director Amy Heckerling discuss the uphill battle of bringing Clueless to the screen.
“Fashion 101” – How the filmmakers invented the trend-setting fashions.
“How To Play the “Suck ‘n Blow” Game” – We’d explain but it’s little more than fluff.
“We’re History” – Nothing more than a nine minute commercial full of cast members talking up the film.
FRANKLY: Clueless suffers from being extremely dated—it doesn’t feel quite as timeless as Fast Times at Ridgemont High. This is the rare film where clichés are tolerated—mostly because we are spending so much time laughing. The real reason to buy is the new film transfer—not the extras.
+ Charlie Craine