Trying to fall in love with film again.

If you haven't seen 'Clueless'. You are totally buggin.

Clueless (1995) - IMDbStory

Cher Horowitz is the most popular girl in her school takes it upon herself to give new girl Tai and boost her popularity. 

The plot here isn't any different from most teen rom-coms, its a formula that we have seen a million times but it really works here and that it because the characters are extremely likeable even though they weren't necessarily the kind of people you want to hang out with. 

Acting

This is Alicia Silverstone's movie. It wouldn't work without her and I cannot imagine anyone else as Cher. While she is incredibly shallow you can't help but find her endearing and thoughtful. She also has great chemistry with the rest of the cast.  

 Paul Rudd plays Josh Lucas the male protagonist of the film and I kid you not, every time I watch this film I cannot help but say "Paul Rudd for the win" out loud and that because his characters are so likeable. Josh spend 80% of the movie at odds with Cher which makes for an interesting dynamic especially considering how the film ends. 

The other supporting characters round out the cast and they all add something special to the film. Stacey Dash plays Dionne, Cher's best friend. Brittany Murphy plays Tai and Donald Faison plays Murray.   They all feel like real people and even though none of them are particularly well rounded you still find yourself rooting for them. The best way to describe the characters would be one-dimensional with two-dimensional moments and because of those moments (which are few and far between), you relate to them more. 

Writing/Direction

The movie was directed by Amy Heckerling who also directed Fast Times at Ridgemont High. While she doesn't have a notable directing style, the direction in this movie is really solid. Even though it feels incredibly exaggerated it does have some similarities to the high school experience which comes from Heckerling's study of actual teenagers in Beverly Hills High Schools. 

The writing in this film is very cliché, even if you haven't seen the film I'm sure you'll be able to guess what is going to happen, but at no point does that take away from the entertainment value. I have seen this movie multiple times and it still makes me laugh. 

Set Design

The set design is firmly placed in the '90s which isn't a bad thing, although when watching it now everything looks incredibly dated I'm not going to hold that against the film. I don't watch this movie expecting it to look and feel timeless.

I also have to mention the costumes in the movie, due to the cyclical nature of fashion a lot of what the character wear in the movie, are things that a lot of people are wearing today and because of that the clothes don't look dated even though a lot of other elements feel that way. Also if someone wants to give me Cher's closet that would be great, please and thank you. 

Score/Soundtrack

The film is soundtrack driven and I would go so far as to call the soundtrack iconic. With notable 90's hits like Kids in America, Shoop, and Rollin with the Homies, I guarantee that you will find yourself singing along to the songs in this movie at some point because it is that good.

Overall Thoughts

I love Clueless, it's one of those movies that I watch when I don't know what to watch because I know it will leave me entertained from beginning to end. It's also really interesting to compare this movie to teen rom-coms of today. The movie does feel a little dated but that is part of its charm. It feels like you're back in the 90's. Interestingly enough I was unknowingly talking like the characters while I wrote this review and when I noticed that I was doing it, I couldn't help but laugh.

You cannot deny the staying power that this movie has had. It was and is still very much rooted in pop culture, Iggy Azalea did recreate the video for her Fancy music video and I still see people dress as Cher and Dione for Halloween. There is just something about it that people (myself included) love.
Whenever I watch Clueless, I'm filled with nostalgia (even though I was born 3 years after the movie was released). I love this movie and it is 100% a must-see.

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