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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.
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I'm glad they gave this DVD a makeover instead of leaving with some instant VHS-DVD transfer with only a movie trailer. On this new edition, they have really enjoyable special features too.
"The Class of '95 - A look at the cast, then and now" (about 18 minutes long):
- It's really cool being able to see how the cast looks like now! Christian (the gay guy) seemed like he gained some weight. Josh looked like he aged; he looked different, maybe because of the lighting or makeup off the set. Oh, in the DVD, it mentioned Dionne was 28 (that old?!) at the time when she did the movie! To me, she still looked young in the interviews. What was truly disappointing, though, was how Alicia, the main star of the movie, was not in the present interview! However, there is footage of her getting interviewed back in '95. I was also disappointed how there was absolutely no commentary! Having commentary for a DVD, especially if they say interesting things in it, is actually something I enjoy having. Those two reasons are pretty much why I'm giving this DVD a 4 star. Also, the main menu has a video background, which is nice, but the chapter selection are just plain stills. Anyway, continuing on with the other special features...
"Creative Writing" (about 10 minutes long)
- how the movie got started.
"Fashion 101" (about 11 minutes long)
- shows the fashion in the movie. It's so funny how this movie made fun of the baggy pants (which pretty much died now).
"Language Arts" (about 8 minutes long)
- explains the vocabulary used on Clueless (eg: "betty" meant an attractive female.)
"Suck 'N Blow: A Tutorial" (about 3 minutes long)
- pretty much shows how difficult that game was because the card was too heavy to suck for the actors.
"Driver's Ed" (about 4 minutes long)
- talks about the Dionne freeway scene.
"We're History"(about 9 minutes long)
- pretty much the final thoughts from the cast.
Teaser Trailer (about 2 minutes long)
Theatrical Trailer(about 3 minutes long)
They couldn't have found a better cast; Alicia as Cher was perfect and the rest are really likable too (well, except for Elton -- the movie did a good job making me hate him. And Brittany Murphy was also my second least favorite character (she really got the bitchy attitude down calling Cher "A virgin who can't drive.")
There's no dull moment in the movie at all. It's smooth transition throughout the movie. So many funny scenes (eg: Cher taking her driving test). The mood, cinematography, the soundtrack is all great. Believe it or not, I am a guy (straight) and I'm not ashamed to say "Clueless" is one of my favorite movies. Alicia really made the "blonde girl" look good!
If you enjoyed this movie, I would also recommend "Never Been Kissed" starring Drew Barrymore. Apparently, the costume designer for "Never Been Kissed" was the same from this movie.
The atmosphere is always kept bright and the mood is always light, even in its "dark" moments which really dont exist.
Paul Rudd is excellent as the romantic lead, though his comedic talents are not utilized much in this film.
Alicia Silverstone is the perfect ditz for this role, combining an innocent sexuality with an adorable "dumb blonde" persona. Her supporting cast is great too, each being an original personality.
Forget this movie if you want depth and substance, but if you want a few chuckles and a light, fun bit of fluff, buy this, its one of the better ones and you wont be disappointed. There is a reason this has become a sort of cult classic and I think you will come away thinking this film has more heart than you originally thought.
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