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Clueless review

We review Clueless - where Jane Austen’s classic Emma gets transplanted to nineties LA

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Certificate: 12A

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Release date: 1995

4 out of 5


Jane Austen’s classic Emma gets transplanted to nineties LA in Clueless, the comedy that launched (albeit briefly) a few Beverly Hills catchphrases such as ‘I’m audi’ (I’m out of here), ‘Monet’ (someone who looks pretty from a distance but is a mess up close) and ‘total Baldwin’ (a good-looking guy, as in actors Alec and Billy Baldwin).

Cher (Silverstone) lives with her lawyer dad (mum died in a freak liposuction accident) in a Beverly Hills mansion, has a colour-coordinated wardrobe to die for and a best pal named Dionne (Stacey Dash). At school the pair befriend new-girl Tai (Murphy, who sadly died in 2009) and decide to give her a make-over so she can snag a cute guy, while Cher sets her own sights on the brooding Christian (Justin Walker). Of course, Cher has a hunky stepbrother at home (Rudd) who’s much nicer, but writer/director Amy Heckerling has fun with the smart dialogue and situations Cher encounters along the way to true happiness.

Terrific stuff for teenage girls, this was spun off into a TV series featuring Dash, with Rachel Blanchard taking over the role of Cher, that ran from 1996 until 1999.

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If you like this, why not try: Easy A, 10 Things I Hate About You, Never Been Kissed, Mean Girls, Cruel Intentions,