Clueless is a 1995 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya, and Brittany Murphy. It was produced by Scott Rudin and Robert Lawrence. It is loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma, with a modern-day setting of Beverly Hills. The plot centers on Cher Horowitz, a beautiful, popular and rich high school student who befriends a new student named Tai Frasier and decides to give her a makeover.
Clueless was filmed in California over a 40-day schedule. The film’s director studied real Beverly Hills high school students to understand how real teens in the 1990s talked and learn some appropriate slang terms.
The film grossed $56.1 million in the United States. It has received generally positive reviews from critics and is considered to be one of the best teen films of all time. Clueless has developed a cult following and has a continuing legacy. The film was followed by a spin-off television sitcom, series of books, and Paramount Pictures has announced that they are producing a remake.
Since starring as Cher Horowitz, Beverly Hills High’s popularity queen, in the 1995 comedy, Silverstonehas appeared as Batgirl in 1997’s Batman & Robinand been featured in films such as The Art of Getting By, Butter and Vamps (for which she re-teamed with Clueless director Amy Heckerling). The actress also made her Broadway debut in 2002 and has performed in multiple stage productions including The Graduate and Time Stands Still.
Dash, who played Cher’s equally popular best friend Dionne Davenport, reprised her role in the television remake of the film (alongside co-stars Elisa Donovan and Donald Faison among others), which aired from 1996-1999. She has also held recurring roles in television series such as The Strip, The Game and Single Ladies.
Rudd starred as Josh Lucas, Cher’s ex-stepbrother and main love interest, in the film and has since appeared in popular comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin, This Is 40, I Love You, Man and Knocked Up. Rudd leads Marvel’s Ant-Man, which hit theaters Friday, and will appear next in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
Murphy played Tai Frasier, the new girl in school who rises up the popularity ranks with Cher and Dionne’s help, in Clueless and starred in subsequent films Girl, Interrupted, 8 Mile, Just Married and Uptown Girls before she tragically passed away in 2009. The actress appeared posthumously in 2014’s Something Wicked.
Faison’s character in the teenage comedy, Murray Duvall, is best remembered for constantly bickering with long-time girlfriend Dionne (played by Stacey Dash). Since starring in Clueless, the actor has appeared in Remember the Titans and Kick-Ass 2 and scored his best-known role as Dr. Christopher Turk on the hit series Scrubs.
Donovan, who played Cher’s archrival Amber Mariens, went on to land a recurring role on the sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and a guest arc on Beverly Hills, 90210. She will appear next in Cardinal X.
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