Jane Austen’s Emma details the story of Emma Woodhouse, an independent young lady with cunning characteristics. The novel, one of Austen’s most renowned, touched upon serious social issues such as that of life within a patriarchy and the class divide of the 1800s. After attempting to use her somewhat manipulative skills to arrange certain situations, Emma soon realizes that perhaps she isn’t quite as cunning as she thinks she is, and instead is rather clueless—which is why the title of the 1995 modern adaptation of the text is rather fitting. That’s right, internet friends, this week I am talking about one of my favorite films, Alicia Silverstone’s breakout movie, Clueless. Before there was Regina George, there was Cher Horowitz. If you were a girl in the 90s, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Here are 5 reasons Clueless was (and still is) amazing.
Everyone loves a good movie catchphrase, and Clueless is chalk full of them. But perhaps the most famous of them all is Cher’s snarky, “As if!”. Cher uses this line countless times throughout the film, often to put those clearly less intelligent than her in their rightful place. As if anyone could ever be better than Cher. She used those two little words to school anyone in the ways of the world—the world consisting of primarily fashion choices and social status.
We all remember the horrific attire of the 90s. But the most noted expert in the fashion of that decade was of course, Cher Horowitz. Whether you were a “fashion victim” or “ensembly challenged”, Cher could figure out a way to Tim Gunn style make-it-work. One fun fact about the movie is that over fifty tartan plaid outfits were used in the making of the film—each one as neon colored and as hideous as the next—use that as your next conversation icebreaker! Thank god our antiquated styles have changed since then.
Tai is to Cher as Cady is to Regina. While this may have been Alicia Silverstone’s first big movie, Brittany Murphy came pretty darn close to stealing the show. The late and great movie star is famous for other quality pieces of cinematography such as Uptown Girls and Little Black Book. You mean you’ve never heard of them? Neither had I. Still, she makes it big in Clueless as the adorably quirky Tai, dancing awkwardly and always in need of an “herbal refreshment”.
Yet another classic movie quote coined by Clueless is the famous “Whatever!”. Of course this one also had the gesture to match, made by creating a W with one’s thumbs and index fingers. Thank you, Clueless, for giving passive-aggressive teenage girlfriends everywhere the perfect word to use to describe their annoyance at their clearly-in-the-wrong dumb jock boyfriends.
It is no secret that I absolutely love Paul Rudd. He is perfect in everything, and just perfect in general. Paul has been made super famous by movies like Anchorman, Knocked Up, and I Love You Man. He can also be seen in Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. And those are just some of his biggest movies; he’s been in countless others. Plus, he spent a season starring on the classic American sitcom, Friends, as Phoebe’s boyfriend and then husband Mike Hannigan. So, basically, Paul Rudd is a god amongst mere mortals and the image of perfection. While he and Leslie Mann (or Jason Segel) may be a comedy dream team of today, back in the 90s, one of Paul’s earlier roles had him playing Josh in Clueless. Basically, Cher, the super ditzy girl, realizes that Josh, the super smart boy who always hangs around, is her one true love—major plot twist, right? Practically M. Knight Shyamalan. Paul is hilarious in the movie as the snarky and somewhat cynical older brother-type figure. And Paul, if you’re out there somewhere and reading this, I love you (man).