Clueless: The 1995 hit still entertains

Clueless: The 1995 hit still entertains

Jenna Martin, Reporter

“Clueless,” a 1995 teen comedy starring Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz), was directed by Amy Heckerling, and produced by Paramount Pictures.

The movie is an amazingly written, strongly structured piece that is extremely enjoyable for people of all ages. I myself have watched it several times over the years. It is the type that never gets old. The plot of the movie is very well-fitting for teenagers. The movie covers the life of a wealthy teenage girl who tries to get her life back on track. Making new friends and relationships on the way.

The film grossed $56.1 million in the United States and has received several positive reviews  from critics. It is also considered one of the “best teen films of all times.” The film was followed by a spin-off sitcom “Emma,” and a series of books, comic books, stage musicals and video games. The movie was determined a “sleeper hit” in 1995. The movie was soon open in 1,653 theaters on July 19th, 1995, which grossed $10,612,443 over opening weekend. It was soon ranked 2nd behind “Apollo 13,” and the 32nd highest-grossing film of 1995.

“Clueless” starred several talented actresses, those including Alicia Silverstone who played Cher Horowitz, Stacey Dash as Dionne Davenport, Brittany Murphy as Tai Frasier, Paul Rudd as Josh Lucas, Dan Hedaya as Melvin ” Mel” Hororwitz, Donald Faison as Murray, and Sabastian Radishi as Paroudasm. Director, Amy Heckerling first noticed Alicia in the Aerosmith music video for the song “Cryin” and kept her in the back of her mind for the role. During the same time there were several others suggested for the role such as: Alicia Witt, Keri Russell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Casting director, Maria Ross first found Brittany Murphy she was just as charming at Tai, yet a shy newcomer to the acting industry. Reports say that director Heckerling said that Murphy was “the sweetest”

Filming began on Nov. 21, 1994, it then consisted over a 40 day period. It was filmed across several different locations, those consisting of Occidental College in LA, Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Green provided filming locations for school interior sets. Along with other locations of Circus Liquor in North Hollywood, and Rodeo Drive in California. The setting of the movie was a modern day Beverly Hills, the director studied real Beverly Hill High School Students to understand how real 1990’s high school teens talked and learned. Along with some appropriate slang terms, she would be able to use during the production.

Overall, I would rate the movie a 4/5 with how I greatly enjoyed it. Still, there are a few minor things that I would have liked to see portrayed differently. Putting those aside, I would highly recommend this to any one, but especially any girl aged 12-25.