Clueless Reviews

  • Mar 13, 2019

    One of those movies that will leave you with a huge smile on your face in the end. The 90’s nostalgia is real! Life was so much simpler and more beautiful back then.

    One of those movies that will leave you with a huge smile on your face in the end. The 90’s nostalgia is real! Life was so much simpler and more beautiful back then.

  • Feb 09, 2019

    For a movie about dumb people, this update of Austen's comedy of manners is simultaneously sly, silly, and snappy, filled with layered humor and clever details. Like Austen's writing, Heckerling's film perfectly captures the social milieu of Beverly Hills teens, the discursive and fashionable patterns, of its cultural moment. Yet the 90s-ness of the outfits and references, as much as they date the film, are such exaggerated caricatures that they still pop off the screen with sardonic (and sartorial) vitality.

    For a movie about dumb people, this update of Austen's comedy of manners is simultaneously sly, silly, and snappy, filled with layered humor and clever details. Like Austen's writing, Heckerling's film perfectly captures the social milieu of Beverly Hills teens, the discursive and fashionable patterns, of its cultural moment. Yet the 90s-ness of the outfits and references, as much as they date the film, are such exaggerated caricatures that they still pop off the screen with sardonic (and sartorial) vitality.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    The best romcom movie ever made! With the best movie quote ever spoken: "As if!"

    The best romcom movie ever made! With the best movie quote ever spoken: "As if!"

  • Jan 10, 2019

    This movie grew on us and the characters developed well along the way. Also nice to see some later-famous actors in the making, such as Paul Rudd

    This movie grew on us and the characters developed well along the way. Also nice to see some later-famous actors in the making, such as Paul Rudd

  • Jan 08, 2019

    when was the last time u took yur meds clearly after rating this film

    when was the last time u took yur meds clearly after rating this film

  • Jan 06, 2019

    1990s high school set version of Jane Austen's "Emma" is pretty irresistible, thanks to writer/director Amy Heckerling's likable portrayal of young people and even more so thanks to an incredibly endearing performance by Alicia Silverstone. Silverstone's Cher is blond, beautiful, and the most popular girl in school, and who takes it upon herself to fix the lives of everyone around her (i.e. helping a new girl get popular, playing matchmaker with unhappy teachers, etc.), even if it's to serve her own ends. What intrigued me most upon rewatching the film is that Cher is the type of character who is usually the villain of these sort of films, but in this film she's the likable heroine. "Clueless" is also unique in that there really are no antagonists or villains, with the possible exception of Silverstone manipulating the lives of everyone around her, but although her actions are self serving at times, she's never mean or cruel, allowing the audience to still like her character. Cher is a unique character who plays at being a cute ditzy girl, but who is secretly (maybe even to herself) much smarter than she appears, which paved the way for copycat characters like Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde' or Romy & Michele or even Cameron Diaz' character in "Charlie's Angels." One might argue that Marilyn Monroe did this in some of her film, but the ditzy blond was more of her real-life act. I'm thinking the closest cinematic predecessor would be Holly Golightly form "Breakfast at Tiffany's" but that film was tonally very different that characters manipulations were quite different. But I digress. Likable performances in "Clueless" are not limited to Silverstone and extend to the cast as a whole. Two standouts are Brittany Murphy as Silverstone's Eliza Doolittle to her Professor Higgins, and a young Paul Rudd play's Silverstone's college age stepbrother, who she describes as he dresses funny and listens to "complaint rock." Following this film Rudd could very easily have gone down the road of handsome leading man type of roles, but instead chose a different career path, which I think made him a more interesting of actor. While the cast deserves a lot of credit for the film's easy charm, writer/director Heckerling deserve credit for not only creating likable well rounded characters, she also fills the film with endless funny banter. Heckerling also has some fairly heartfelt dialogue that's sincere (and still funny) without ever becoming maudlin. Heckerling made her directorial debut with "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," which was unique in it's honest depiction of teen life, and although "Clueless" is minus the explicit sex and drugs of Fast Times, the Clueless teens do live in a world that includes those real elements, but Heckerling makes it much more sweet and charming than Fast Times. The characters of Clueless are unique in that they are these sweet likable characters, but at the same time are not naive innocents. It's an interesting balance I realized I hadn't seen in many teen films, but I think it boiled down to the fact that the characters, while they do rib each other at times, are never mean, making the film incredible endearing. Also of note is the bright vivid photography by cinematographer Bill Pope ("The Matrix," "Army of Darkness," "Chasing Mavericks," "Baby Driver" etc.), who makes the colors pop and gives the film a pleasing looks and color scheme. Other supporting players of note include (now FoxNews commentator) Stacey Dash as Cher"s best friend, Dan Hedaya as her high powered lawyer dad, Breckin Meyer as a skater dude, Wallace Shawn and Julie Brown as teachers, and "Jaws" screenwriter Carl Gottlieb as a priest. Lastly, I'm a huge fan of the General Public song Tenderness that's played over the film's finale and end credits, so it was kind of impossible for me not to fall in love with this movie. Overall, "Clueless" is a charming film that is much smarter than it pretends to be, much like it's heroine (how can a film that uses the "Spartacus" oysters and snails scene as foreshadowing be considered fluff?).

    1990s high school set version of Jane Austen's "Emma" is pretty irresistible, thanks to writer/director Amy Heckerling's likable portrayal of young people and even more so thanks to an incredibly endearing performance by Alicia Silverstone. Silverstone's Cher is blond, beautiful, and the most popular girl in school, and who takes it upon herself to fix the lives of everyone around her (i.e. helping a new girl get popular, playing matchmaker with unhappy teachers, etc.), even if it's to serve her own ends. What intrigued me most upon rewatching the film is that Cher is the type of character who is usually the villain of these sort of films, but in this film she's the likable heroine. "Clueless" is also unique in that there really are no antagonists or villains, with the possible exception of Silverstone manipulating the lives of everyone around her, but although her actions are self serving at times, she's never mean or cruel, allowing the audience to still like her character. Cher is a unique character who plays at being a cute ditzy girl, but who is secretly (maybe even to herself) much smarter than she appears, which paved the way for copycat characters like Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde' or Romy & Michele or even Cameron Diaz' character in "Charlie's Angels." One might argue that Marilyn Monroe did this in some of her film, but the ditzy blond was more of her real-life act. I'm thinking the closest cinematic predecessor would be Holly Golightly form "Breakfast at Tiffany's" but that film was tonally very different that characters manipulations were quite different. But I digress. Likable performances in "Clueless" are not limited to Silverstone and extend to the cast as a whole. Two standouts are Brittany Murphy as Silverstone's Eliza Doolittle to her Professor Higgins, and a young Paul Rudd play's Silverstone's college age stepbrother, who she describes as he dresses funny and listens to "complaint rock." Following this film Rudd could very easily have gone down the road of handsome leading man type of roles, but instead chose a different career path, which I think made him a more interesting of actor. While the cast deserves a lot of credit for the film's easy charm, writer/director Heckerling deserve credit for not only creating likable well rounded characters, she also fills the film with endless funny banter. Heckerling also has some fairly heartfelt dialogue that's sincere (and still funny) without ever becoming maudlin. Heckerling made her directorial debut with "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," which was unique in it's honest depiction of teen life, and although "Clueless" is minus the explicit sex and drugs of Fast Times, the Clueless teens do live in a world that includes those real elements, but Heckerling makes it much more sweet and charming than Fast Times. The characters of Clueless are unique in that they are these sweet likable characters, but at the same time are not naive innocents. It's an interesting balance I realized I hadn't seen in many teen films, but I think it boiled down to the fact that the characters, while they do rib each other at times, are never mean, making the film incredible endearing. Also of note is the bright vivid photography by cinematographer Bill Pope ("The Matrix," "Army of Darkness," "Chasing Mavericks," "Baby Driver" etc.), who makes the colors pop and gives the film a pleasing looks and color scheme. Other supporting players of note include (now FoxNews commentator) Stacey Dash as Cher"s best friend, Dan Hedaya as her high powered lawyer dad, Breckin Meyer as a skater dude, Wallace Shawn and Julie Brown as teachers, and "Jaws" screenwriter Carl Gottlieb as a priest. Lastly, I'm a huge fan of the General Public song Tenderness that's played over the film's finale and end credits, so it was kind of impossible for me not to fall in love with this movie. Overall, "Clueless" is a charming film that is much smarter than it pretends to be, much like it's heroine (how can a film that uses the "Spartacus" oysters and snails scene as foreshadowing be considered fluff?).

  • Nov 30, 2018

    Such genuine fun. "Clueless" is a silly movie, that really knows what it stands for. It's making fun of the entire American high-school experience in the most accurate way. It's a parody of that life-style, and it never tries to be anything else than that. It's genuine, fun, and really accurate. It's not offensive by any means, and it's quite possibly one of the best high-school movies about teenagers there is. I had such a fun time watching it. "Clueless" lacks certain plot, it simply highlights many aspects of the teenage life at school. Alicia Silverstone was a joy to behold. Such a fun movie.

    Such genuine fun. "Clueless" is a silly movie, that really knows what it stands for. It's making fun of the entire American high-school experience in the most accurate way. It's a parody of that life-style, and it never tries to be anything else than that. It's genuine, fun, and really accurate. It's not offensive by any means, and it's quite possibly one of the best high-school movies about teenagers there is. I had such a fun time watching it. "Clueless" lacks certain plot, it simply highlights many aspects of the teenage life at school. Alicia Silverstone was a joy to behold. Such a fun movie.

  • Sep 17, 2018

    Loved this movie! One of my favorite teen rom coms!

    Loved this movie! One of my favorite teen rom coms!

  • Aug 16, 2018

    A great adaption of the classic Emma! A must see for its comedy and teenage drama!!!

    A great adaption of the classic Emma! A must see for its comedy and teenage drama!!!

  • Jul 25, 2018

    Everything in the movie seemed chaotic and rushed

    Everything in the movie seemed chaotic and rushed