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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.



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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, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Clueless

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  • I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Clueless.

    Aug 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 7, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The summer's most compelling movie about teenagers.

    Aug 7, 2007 | Full Review…

    John Leland

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  • 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.

    Aug 7, 2007

    Brian Lowry

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

    Aug 7, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Clueless

  • Jul 20, 2016
    Its plot may be razor thin, but Alicia Silverstone's irresistible charm, the casts blooming performances and quotable & humorous splendor makes Clueless and cult film that still holds up to any generation of teenagers. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2014
    From writer/director Amy Heckerling comes the teen comedy Clueless. When a superficial valley girl attempts to become more altruistic she takes a new transfer student at her high school under her wing and mentors her. Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, and Breckin Meyer lead the cast and have good chemistry together. However, it's Silverstone's charisma that gives the film its charm and personality. Still, the ditziness of the characters gets a little annoying and their conflicts are rather mundane. Additionally, there's a bit of weirdness with a step-sibling romance. Clueless has some interesting things to say and a positive social message, but it tries too hard.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2013
    An influential film among the young uns during the mid-90s, Clueless has its moments but can now be viewed as pretty trivial in comparison to more recent films. The chemistry between Paul Rudd and Silverstone is completely unbelievable.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2012
    A pretty mediocre comedy about the life of a spoiled rich girl in Beverly Hills, Clueless has a few inspired moments and good jokes, but for the most part it's just a typical teen comedy without anything to set it apart from its peers in the genre.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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