The 1995 classic “Clueless” remains the ultimate romantic comedy. As a modern-twist adaptation of “Emma” by Jane Austen, the story focuses on a perfect girl living a perfect life with her father.
The main character Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, is admired by all but struggles to let loose and take the back seat in day-to-day life.
Each character models a character from “Emma” and some even share the same name as their parallels.
While the characters find their roots in 18th century standards, their lives are nothing short of pure ‘90s bliss. “Clueless” introduces mundane and difficult topics such as relationships, family drama, high school and popularity wraps them in humor, relatability and plaid skirts.
Set in the vibrant and rich community of Beverly Hills, Cher tackles high school to the best of her ability alongside her best friend Dionne.
The narration of Cher’s inner thoughts tells the audience, “She’s my friend because we both know what it’s like to have people be jealous of us.” Together, Cher and Dionne take on the task of turning the new girl into a popular cookie-cutter version of them, while simultaneously pairing up two teachers romantically at their high school.
They consider their selfish vendettas masked by random acts of kindness to be gifts to everyone around them.
One of the primary issues introduced in the film is Cher’s relationship with her stubborn yet adorable ex-stepbrother Josh, who is played by Paul Rudd. Throughout the film, situations arise that bring Cher and Josh closer together.
While the idea of being head over heels in love with your ex-stepbrother might sound a little strange, in an 18th century setting it was fairly normal.
While there is much more to the film than just best friends and boy drama, the romantic comedy creates a fantasy world where you cannot help but want to live.
Over the years, the film has stood the test of time because of the simple fun it brings to life. You cannot help but laugh as you watch the characters deal with issues far smaller than they have worked them up to be in their own minds.
“Clueless” is also known for being the source of the ever-so-famous phrase, “Ugh, as if!” which is arguably the film’s most iconic line.
Since its release in 1995, Clueless has stood to be a cinematic classic that makes every viewer wonder if we all have a little Cher in us.