Friday, May 18, 2007


Clueless - Amy Heckerling - 1995 - 5/10


Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) is a Beverly Hills high schooler living the high life - including a closet that picks out matching outfits for her and the use of a jeep despite the fact that she doesnt even have a license. Her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) decide to makeover new girl Tai (Brittany Murphy) so they can make her popular and hook her up with the school hunk Elton (Jeremy Sisto). Just like most of her makeovers, there's a lot in this for Cher - she wants to feel like she's doing something for the good of humanity. Along for the ride is Paul Rudd who play's Cher's step brother, or brother of some sort who has to bail Cher out of all sorts of troubles. Things get out of hand when Elton breaks Tai's heart when he puts the moves on Cher, and a heartbroken Tai interprets Josh's kindness for love and affection.


The movie is suprisingly intelligent - all of the characters exhibit an almost unrealistic command of the English language, but that's just enjoyable, especially when you're expecting incompetence. The movie hits the ground running and piles on some easy early jokes and does pretty decent character development for an early 90's teen comedy. Yet the movie lags in the middle when Cher's character goes through transformation. And a problem that should seemingly give Cher great pause gets about three seconds of screen time. The possible conflict that could have resulted from the resolution of that problem, either way, doesn't even materialize. Girls don't fall in and out of love that easily and even if they didn't, they're not okay with their girlfriends swooping in to steal their boy toy. The ending disappoints to, collecting everything together in a Disney sort of way for a movie that was trying to exude an MTV sort of feel.


If it's on TV, you should watch it.

If you liked this movie, watch...
...10 Things I Hate About You
...Mean Girls
...Legally Blonde

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