Yesterday, everyone’s favorite teen movie celebrated the big 2-0. Yep, that’s right, Clueless has been around for two decades, which means we can officially call it a “classic.” But, of course, we knew that already.
I don’t know if any of you are fans of the movie, or even if you’ve seen it before. If you haven’t, um…get on that. Seriously, I know I ask you guys to do a lot things (try a recipe, workout video, etc.) but this one you really need to do. You’ll laugh, you might cry a little bit, and there’s no crunches involved, so not complaining, ‘kay?
…With that out of the way, let’s talk a little bit about why I love Clueless so much. For one, I’ve been watching it since before I can remember. I adored it then, even though I certainly didn’t get any of the jokes. (Confession: I’m still working on some of them.) And that’s what makes this movie so special: even though the story revolves around high school shenanigans, everyone can relate to it. Unlike a lot of films, it doesn’t portray teenagers as one-dimensional robots whose identity revolves around what grade they are in. So although each character embodies a stereotype – the skater kid, the new girl, the burnouts – the personalities beneath are as complex as the aforementioned labels are clichéd.
Still in need of a little incentive to watch the film for yourself? Well, if nothing else, it’s a mid-nineties fashion palooza. We’re talking plaid skirt suits, Calvin Klein bandage “dresses”, plus an abundance of hats and knee-high socks. Oh, and did I mention that the main character, Cher Horowitz, has a computer system that picks out her outfits? And we though the pre-WiFi years were tough…
I was planning on concluding this post with a compilation of all my favorite Clueless quotes. But I realize that to do that would be to ruin all the best moments for those of you who have yet to see the movie. So I’m not going to do that. But just consider this
your final warning further encouragement: Watch. This. Movie.