"I am totally buggin."
"What is that?" "A dress." "Says who?" "Calvin Klein."
"She's a full-on Monet." It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's okay, but up close, it's a big old mess."
"So, okay, you're probably like-what is this, a Noxzema commerical?"
These hysterical quips are uttered by Cher Horowitz, the spoiled, yet lovable, central character in the mid-90's comedy classic "Clueless." To this day, there is no high school character in film I enjoy more than Cher. Alicia Silverstone delivers an unforgettable performance that was sadly ignored by the Oscars (as are many comedic performances, unfortunately).
20 years ago to the date, "Clueless" was brought into the world and loved by not only teenagers, but by adults as well. As the one-and-only Roger Ebert said in his review of the film, " The movie is aimed at teenagers, but like all good comedies, it will appeal to anyone who has a sense of humor and an ear for the ironic." "Clueless" is not a good comedy-it is a GREAT comedy. I have seen it at least 100 times, probably more, and I always laugh to the point of tears. As I was growing up, it was the movie that I stopped on when I was flipping channels, no matter what kind of a mood I was in. Currently on Netflix, I will turn it on just when I need a good laugh. It's like a good friend-always there when needed. If Netflix takes it away, I might just cancel our subscription (not sure if my wife will agree with me on that one).
Loosely inspired by Jane Austin's classic novel Emma, it told the story of Cher and her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash), two girls who are richer and more spoiled than you could ever imagine, yet undeniably charming and lovable. They live in Beverly Hills and make shopping a daily necessity. Cher plays multiples roles: matchmaker for her lonely teachers, head of make-overs for the new student Tai (the dearly missed and incredibly talented Brittany Murphy), annoying stepsister to Josh (one of my favorite funny guys, Paul Rudd), loving daughter to the terrific Dan Hedaya, and probably future lawyer due to her unbeatable manipulation skills. She is quite possibly the greatest female character in a high school film.
There's a bit of sadness that goes along with this reflection. As Tai, Brittany Murphy came onto the scene with undeniable charm and talent. She later continued to show her versatility as an actress with roles in films such as "Happy Feet," "Uptown Girls," and "Don't Say a Word," just to name a few. Her death was so untimely, so unjustified, and way too soon. I always really enjoyed her as an actress. I basically saw and liked every movie she was in (it helped that I had a giant crush on her as well). When she died, I almost felt like I lost a loved one myself. Such a shame.
So if for some bizarre, inexcusable reason you have not seen "Clueless," what are you waiting for? Get on Netflix and watch it ASAP. That's what I will be doing this evening.