By Jen P
Few films capture a generation as hilariously as Clueless does the 90’s, so today I pay homage to my all-time favorite chick flick by counting down my top ten reasons to love it.
1. “Ugh. As if!”
Clueless contains some of the most vapid, yet iconic, dialogue in film history. I so strongly believe this, that each of my ten reasons is represented by a quote from the film. You’re welcome.
2. “I felt impotent and out of control, which I really hate.”
Cher is oddly relatable. At the time, Clueless was a modern retelling of Jane Austin’s Emma, who was nothing if not clueless herself when it came to love. For all her matchmaking, Cher (our Emma) fails more often than she succeeds, leading her down a path towards self-discovery. She may be a caricature of a wealthy, entitled airhead, but most of us can relate to her journey– we’ve all realized we’re a-holes at some point in our lives and tried to make a change.
3. “Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.”
Euphoric nostalgia! Did I mention how very 90’s this film is? Some of you reading this may not even know who Pauly Shore is, much less why that line is so funny, but if you spent your formative years in the 90’s, then rewatching Clueless is like reliving your childhood. Good times.
4. “I was surfing the crimson wave and had to haul ass to the ladies.”
Though the boys play their parts, Clueless is all about the GIRL POWER! Friends, frenemies, and foes– the social pyramid of the high school queen; Cher reigns it all with as much grace as you can expect from the naive character, manipulating everyone from the even-more oblivious new girl, Tai, to her own father and teachers.
5. “Okay, so you’re probably going, ‘Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?’ But seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl.”
The Cast is on point. Clueless introduced us to a then-unknown Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd. Not to mention, the gorgeous Stacey Dash as Dionne; Donald Faison (Scrubs) as Murray, Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory, Law & Order) as Elton, Breckin Meyer (Road Trip, Robot Chicken) as Travis, and Elisa Donovan as Amber, who you’re likely to see on the Hallmark or Lifetime Channel these days.
6. “Do you prefer ‘fashion victim’, or ‘ensembly challenged’?”
From grunge to preppy, the fashion is ridiculous, over-the-top perfection. Every girl I knew in high school had at least one pleated, plaid micro-mini in her closet, and I blame that tragedy on Cher and Dionne. Ruuuude.
7. Josh- “You wanna practice parking?”
Cher- “What’s the point? Everywhere you go has valet.”
The bad driving in the badass Barbie car. Who else grew up wanting a Jeep because of this movie? Cher’s terrible driving also helped me justify failing my first driving test. In my defense, I totally paused.
8. “May I remind you, it does not say ‘RSVP’ on The Statue of Liberty!”
Amber may think Cher’s debate on Haitian Refugees reeks worse than her own Designer Imposter perfume, but it makes for some interesting conversation even now. Apparently, the political issues of 20 years ago weren’t so different from today’s. We could learn something from Cher’s metaphor: if she’d turned all those party crashers away from Daddy’s fiftieth birthday, the night totally would have been ruined.
9. Christian- “You like Billie Holiday?”
Cher- “I love him.”
Clueless boasts a killer soundtrack, ranging from Coolio to No Doubt, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones to David Bowie. (And you know I love me some Bowie. Proof? Read my Geek Chic… Goblin King Edition.)
For a list and samples of everything you hear in the movie, even beyond the soundtrack, check out what-song . But here’s a treat for all you super-fans:
10. “I am majorly, totally, butt crazy in love with Josh!”
The borderline-taboo romance possibly fueled the modern stepbrother craze in literary lady porn. Cher and Josh’s constant bickering eventually led to something more, and then the two of them tested the boundaries of non-blood-related sibling relationships. Though… if I’d grown up with a stepbrother as cute and smart as Paul Rudd’s character Josh, I might’ve tested those boundaries myself.
No judgement, kids.
What did you think? Did I hit all the best reasons to love this film? Or maybe I missed your favorite quote. Let me know in the comments!