Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Amy Heckerling moves from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to a teen girl comedy based on a Jane Austen story seamlessly. Clueless is the first real “teen” movie that I remember watching. To this day I laugh everytime Cher starts her speech about the “Hate-e-ans”, or doesn’t realize the boy she’s flirting with is a “cake eater”. One of my favorite visual moments in the film is still when the “lights” literally go on for Cher as she realizes she is in love with her former step-brother Josh; walking through LA she stands in front of a fountain as it suddenly climaxes shooting water into the air and lights up behind her.
My favorite character is still Mel, Cher’s father played by Dan Hadeya. He is the overprotective, rough and tough dad but he loves Cher and wants to make sure the world loves her as much as he does.
This movie is exactly what it appears to be and is better for it. Clueless is light, bubbly and innocent. It wants to show you the perils of a teenage girl and make you laugh with them not at them.
Writer & Director: Amy Heckerling
Cher: Alicia Silverstone
Dionne: Stacey Dash
Tai: Brittany Murphy
Josh: Paul Rudd
Murray: Donald Faison
Mel: Dan Hedaya
Mel: What's with you, kid? You think the death of Sammy Davis left an opening in the Rat Pack?