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Clueless (1995)



Critic Consensus: A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati.

Movie Info

Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after "great singers of the past that now do infomercials," are pampered upper-class girls who care less about getting good grades than wearing the right clothes and being as popular as possible. But Cher, who lives with her tough yet warm-hearted lawyer dad (Dan Hedaya) and hunky, sensitive stepbrother (Paul Rudd), also has an innate urge to help those less fortunate -- like the two introverted teachers she brings together ("negotiating" herself improved grades in the process) and new friend Tai (Brittany Murphy), who starts out a geek and ends up a Cher prodigy. Cher also possesses her own sensitive side, and she is looking for the perfect boyfriend, whom she ends up finding where she least expected. ~ Don Kaye, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Amy Heckerling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
Paramount Pictures


Alicia Silverstone
as Cher Horowitz
Wallace Shawn
as Mr. Wendell Hall
Justin Walker
as Christian Stovitz
Jeremy Sisto
as Elton Tiscia
Twink Caplan
as Miss Geist
Aida Linares
as Lucy Hernandez
Herb Hall
as Principal
Julie Brown
as Ms. Stoeger
Susan Mohun
as Heather
Ron Orbach
as DMV Tester
Sean Holland
as Lawrence
Roger Kabler
as College Guy
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Critic Reviews for Clueless

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (13)

There's such a gaping discontinuity between her physical beauty and her vacant, gum-snapping personality that she's like a walking advertisement for everything that's right and wrong with America.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The summer's most compelling movie about teenagers.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
Top Critic

A fresh, disarmingly bright and at times explosively funny comedy well worth a trip to the mall, even if it eventually runs out of gas.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
Top Critic

Though this drifts at times as storytelling, it's mainly lightweight but personable fun.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Silverstone makes Cher's insularity appealingly innocent (even in the midst of crisis, she can't resist checking out the latest fashion lines), and an attempted seduction scene is sweetly hopeless.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

While Miss Silverstone guides Cher through the witty costume changes that serve as character development, she's backed up by a solid supporting cast.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Clueless


"Clueless" is another addition to the 90's teen genre and for what it's worth, it is both the best and worst of it's kind. Showing teenage girls that you need to be trendy and rich to be popular is a bit overdoing it, because I am sure not every popular girl back then was rich. Regardless of that complaint, this film depicts high school to a T, compared to some of the other films, from the nice guy getting pushed by the way side, to the popular girl realizing what she truly is deep down. The cast works very well together here, creating the atmosphere that I was hoping this movie would deliver. Some of the big names we know today, definitely prove why they have been know through the years, as they are the standouts here. Not only is this film a great wake-up call to the popular people who are hellbent on staying that way, but it is also a very well-written film that showcases the directors talent in handling the cast with that material. It does not matter that the director eventually went on to disappoint fans, but the fact that this picture has stuck with many people through the past 20 or so years. In the end, did I love this movie? No, but it does it's job quite well, and for that, I really enjoyed myself.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Sweet and fun. That's how I can describe it. Worth watching.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Cute, no other way to describe this movie. I am sure everyone has seen it by now too, so no real point reviewing it. Alicia's best role, I still love most of her outfits in this.
Now kind of sad viewing seeing Brittany Murphy - there's an actress I think could have gone further.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Clueless Quotes

Josh: Hey James Bond, In America we drive on the right side of the road!
Cher Horowitz: I am! You try driving in platforms.
– Submitted by Jason M (24 months ago)
Cher Horowitz: This is California, not Kentucky?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Travis: I would like to say this. Tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I might never be tardy.
– Submitted by Kelly E (3 years ago)
Dionne: Cher's saving herself for Luke Perry.
– Submitted by Kelly E (3 years ago)

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