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CLUELESS (1995)

This clever adaptation of Jane Austen's masterpiece, EMMA, takes place in Beverly Hills instead of Regency, England. After finding success as a matchmaker for two of her teachers, a popular Beverly Hills High School student, Cher, supported by her best friend, Dionne befriend a clueless transfer student, Tai, hoping to transform her into not only a popular girl, but find her a proper boyfriend as well. Cher experiences humorous  consequences and confusing results, leaving her clueless about her own love life and overall purpose to help others.

The cast includes: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya, Wallace Shawn, and Julie Brown.

Director Amy Heckerling's "Clueless" is fun, funny, and very good natured comedy about teenage matchmaking and romance.

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"Sex. Clothes. Popularity. Is there a problem here?"
"Jane Austin's Emma meets Beverley Hills 90210 in California teen lifestyle parody."

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Director Amy Heckerling's, "Clueless," is fun, funny, and a good natured comedy about teenage matchmaking and romance. Based on a Jane Austin novel, "Emma," this updated story revolves around Cher Horowitz , a popular Beverly Hills teen, her friends, her Dad, Mel Horowitz (Dan Hedaya), and stepbrother, Josh (Paul Rudd), and the humorous predicaments that result from Cher's efforts at trying to help romance bloom, for those she feels need her help, as well as for herself.

Flushed with success after successfully matching two of her teachers, Mr. Alphonse Hall (Wallace Shawn), and Miss Geist (Twink Caplan), Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and her friend, Dionne (Stacey Dash), enthusiastically take a new, "clueless" girl, Tai Fraiser (Brittany Murphy), under their wing; to befriend her, give her a make over, and try to find her a suitable boyfriend. In the process, Cher discovers that she is the one who is clueless, when it comes to her own feelings about her own relationships.

The other coinciding story explores other teen problems, such as learning to drive, family/ personal relationships, and what to do about dismal grades. Cher comes up with some comical solutions, and weathers the consequences, both good and bad. The two stories intermingle in the end, resulting in a satisfying film.

CLUELESS was written and directed by the talented Amy Heckerling. Heckerling made a name for herself in directing in the 1982 film. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. With the success of that film, she directed her own screenplay, LOOK WHO'S TALKING.

Both EMMA and CLUELESS were based on the same Jane Austin novel, "Emma." Heckerling does a good job of adapting most of the elements of the storyline of EMMA, to a modern time setting in rich Beverly Hills, adding some characters and situations to make her screenplay unique, adding the current youth culture of 1995 into the mix.

The entire cast does a great job, under the great direction of Heckerling.

Alicia Silverstone is perfectly cast as Cher, the totally popular teen queen, with a well-meaning heart to help others find love. She also does her best to take care of her father. She previously was seen in THE CRUSH, BATMAN AND ROBIN, (as Bat Girl), Kenneth Branagh's LOVE'S LABOUR LOST, and music videos, such as the Aerosmith video, "Crazy".

Paul Rudd, as Josh, does a good job portraying Cher's older, critical half brother, who was the son of Cher's ex step-mother from a previous marriage, who was briefly marriedto Cher's father, Mel Horowitz. Josh can be counted on to come to the rescue on several occasions, to offer constructive criticism and brotherly advice, whether asked or not.

Dan Hedaya, as Mel Horowitz gives a convincing performance as the tough, litigation lawyer, a little scary to those who don't know him, but with some soft spots for his daughter and his stepson, Josh.

Brittany Murphy gave a memorable performance as the clueless girl, Tai Fraiser, who Cher and Dion adapt at school to makeover and find a suitable boy friend for her. This role was the big break in her acting career, that got her noticed.

Short, frazzle-haired character actor Wallace Shawn is also quite entertaining as one of Alicia's teachers, Mr. Hall.

Rated PG-13 for sex related dialogue and some teen use of alcohol and drugs.

If you enjoyed CLUELESS, you may like LEGALLY BLONDE, THE CRUSH, 16 CANDLES, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, EMMA, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, and FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH.

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