On Clueless

October 22, 2012

This conversation is never a bad idea

“Are you a Clueless person?” I asked an acquaintance last week.

“Fuck you,” she retorted.

I was hurt, upset, confused, shocked. Not because she cursed at me but because I knew what was happening: she had mistaken my noun for an adjective. My question had been answered. Rolling with Homies meant nothing to her.

But how could it be? Ah yes, she was three years younger than I was which left her at a whopping four years old when the movie Clueless first released. And then I felt sorry. How terrible it must have been to spend your formulative years in the latter half of the 90s, without Amy Heckerling’s brilliant portrayal of the least abrasive older sister of all time.

Yes, Cher Horowitz navigated teenagehood for us and along the way taught us everything our genetic siblings could not be bothered with.

Who was Alaia before she kneeled at gunpoint? How did she know there were 12-steps in Travis’ program? Would I have learned to use the word sporadic in a sentence had Cher not prompted I do so? Were stems always a pseudonym for legs or did the disco dancing, Oscar Wilde-reading, Streisand ticket-holding friend of Dorothy, Christian, conjecture that to make more lucrative the wonderful world of synonyms? Was Calvin Klein’s opinion on bodycon dresses of the white bandeau variety universally applicable for all bodycon dresses of the white bandeau variety?

I was wearing overalls the first time I saw Clueless. Did this mean I was a farmer?

Were the Cranberries always a suitable excuse to leave class? Would calling someone “ensembly challenged” register rude though it seemed so gentle? What about “hymenally challenged?” (Introducing this eloquence to my lexicon made coping with virginity profoundly easier in my teens–though I did not have a drivers license which effectively made me the most lethal combination of female specimen until I was an astounding 19 years old.)

The musings of Clueless extended beyond the trivial though. Geographic affirmations helped cultivate my brain. I’m happy to report the following without even the most subtle of flinches: Bosnia is not in the Middle East and Kuwait is not in the valley. Cher also discharged the intrinsic, intellectual meaning of a Monet in the most meager of settings.

I’d never have read Austen’s Emma had it not been for Clueless.

And even through all of this, the most important lessons laid in the Da Vinci Code nature of the movie. It took several (over 100) viewings to finally arrive at an absolute sense of understanding, the last of which just a few days ago. It was the most accomplished I had felt since handing in my senior thesis.

Riding the crimson wave, getting fried, utilizing Kenny G as a compass of cool, straight friends, high schools that harbor coke, the interruption of flying balls as the end of a social life–nothing is quite as rewarding as gradually unlocking irony, innuendos, puns and mature jokes all on your own.

Yes, before anything, Clueless was the most accurate compass of young intellect. How much one had learned, how much one still needed to learn. And–I’m totally buggin’– it seems now that I know everything there is to know about life, so here’s to that.

What were some of your favorite moments? Do you think the fascination with Clueless is first and foremost a nod to sweeping 90s nostalgia? Or is it really just the perfect portrayal of the best older sister of all time? Please do share. A conversation about Clueless, like Paris, is never a bad idea.

  • Elisa

    Yes I think we are suffering from collective excessive 1990s nostalgia, but who cares, Cher is the coolest. Her skirts always had the perfect mid-rise fit.

    Elisa – Wandering Minds
    http://www.ourwanderingminds.com

  • AlexsFashion

    uhm-I’m afraid I must say that teens-or at least the ones I know and I dare say I know quite many as I’m one myself- today are totally clueless (and now really as an adjective) on this matter…never heard of that before….XD

  • the (un?)social butterfly

    I don´t share your passion for Clueless — having said that, am I that old? OMG do people still know who Ferris Bueller is (OK that was 10 year before Clueless, but still I believe the question remains relevant)?

  • http://www.lelalondon.com/ Lela London

    I spent most of my teen years trying to sing ‘Rolling with The Homies’ like Tai after she had been KOed. What a movie.

    xo,
    Lela
    http://www.lelalondon.com

  • Felicity

    Yes! I love Clueless so much! It’s such a classic now (which makes me feel super old haha) – Brittany Murphy is just so cute in it and the outfits are awesome; who knew I’d spend so many years coveting a yellow tartan skirt suit?!

    Favourite: Amber: “My plastic surgeon doesn’t want me doing any activities where balls fly at my nose” Dionne: “Well there goes your social life.”.
    And Cher (on Hamlet): “Well, I remember Mel Gibson accurately, and he didn’t say that; that Polonius guy did.”.

    I’m going to have to rewatch it tonight!

    that-bird.blogspot.co.uk

    x

  • Charo

    Loved this post! I’m a huge Clueless fan! I was 19 when it came out, and was wearing the same tee as one of Cher’s cool friends when I saw it at the movies: how in is that! :p
    All Cher’s observations are absolutely phenomenal! Especially the fashion-related ones.
    It’s one of the great teen/high school movies of all times (together with Heathers, Breakfast Club, Rebel Without a Cause, etc.)And yes, I’m 36 now and do occasionally suffer from 90s nostalgia.

  • http://twitter.com/InformedStyle Informed Style

    I still can’t walk by a tennis court without giggling about balls flying at noses…
    The sketchbooks of my youth are filled with homages to the styles in Clueless and 90210. (To Note: it was NOT the Alaia and Calvin Klein, think Dionne’s plastic hat…) Looking back on them now, I cringe, but for a kid – what fashion!

  • VotreAmie

    i quote the film on a regular basis with a best friend of mine – I’ll send one whopping, “It’s my hips, isn’t it?!” and receive, “Could you be more generic?!” and without fail a smile is plastered across my face for hours as we relive our favorite Clueless moments via text. “Ok, he’s kind of a Baldwin” (which always makes me wonder, is she speaking of Alec in his younger Beetlejuice days?) “Isn’t my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972.” Or the fact that she thought Billie Holiday was a man…Oh Cher. I love thee. It took years for me to catch and understand every subtle joke and reference but now, Clueless is an all time favorite.
    x
    http://www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

    I was 7 when it came out, but I’ve watched it about a million times. Helloooo, early (always sexy) Paul Rudd. Plus the actually surprisingly decent spin-off TV show. The sad thing is realizing kids who were born the year it came out are now in their senior year of high school. Aaaand now I feel old. I watched Easy A recently and I was struck by how bleak and cynical it was for a teen comedy compared to what I saw in 80s and 90s movies.

  • Superblondeep

    what a coincidence! just the just put on TV!
    It is one of my adolescence´s movies and will always be one of my favorite movies. Although I have seen it a thousand times!

  • Luna Tieu

    “You’re a virgin who can’t drive.” Classic. RIP Brittany Murphy

    xx,
    Luna
    theredtrousers.com

  • desssie

    let me tell you something: i was 13 years old when clueless was released. Which not only makes me super old, but also in the full target age range of the movie, AT THE TIME. yeah baby. As a French teenager, it was an awesome way of discovering the American Teenager (well, not your average teenager), in all its glorious high school hallways strutting, bad driving and name-calling, yet super amped-up and ironic. Perfection. At the time all i wanted to do was listen to Radiohead, wear knee-high socks, and kiss Paul Rudd. 17 years later, I still want to do all of the above, still chastize myself for not being able to drive, still go ‘as if’ in my head when a particularly ugly guy hits on me, and still feel an instant sense of entitlement when the only thing that can bring me comfort is heading into a mall.
    So Cher, you do rock my world, no irony about that!

    • Kim

      Old???

    • http://www.facebook.com/flo.labrado Flo LaBrado

      Ditto, except that I do still say “as if.”

    • Sayraht

      Old? Oh honey…I was much older than 13 when that movie came out…

  • Kate

    I love this movie so much, I’ve watched it countless times!!:) There are so many good and funny parts in the movie, but I just love it when Cher donates her ski;)
    xx Kate

    http://style-department.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/JOIAIS Joia N.

    I personally, shared and still do share in the Nostalgia of the 90’s on screen teenager mostly because I wanted to be them while experiencing my pre adolescent woes; and now due to the fact that oddly our twenty something generation has evolved into those kids with better technology. All of the 90’s poster kids (Cher, Enid “Ghost World”, Angela Chase “My So-Called Life”, Lindsay Weir “Freaks and Geeks”; are replicated on a bigger platform via the great Blogverse. Yet, I still relate and find something special about those characters after repeat watches and admitting just how ridiculous their advice is, in real life. In actuality, everyone is clueless but being clueless was a lot cooler in the 90’s. So as an adult, it feels good to kick back and pretend like I’m still a teenager discovering and overly flaunting my expertise, in shit most teenagers don’t care about. Thanks for my daily brain jog, Love your blog Leandra!
    http://www.slotwenties.blogspot.com

  • Perry

    Stacey Dash is still clueless as she’s voting against herself in the presidential race.

  • Rachelle

    I grew up in Haiti and i remember watching clueless when I was about 10 yo in French of course. I was obsessed with Cher and Dionne. When I finally saw it in English I was just as obsessed. I tried to include “As if” in my convos as much as I could lol. And she totally taught me to use the word sporadic. The 80s and 90s were the best, Clueless and Sixteen candles are my faves. May I say that i had Clueless on VHS, it doesn’t get more 90s than that.

    • Cam

      I’m the same! I first watched it in French and then in English… it got to the point when I knew the dialogues per heart in both languages… mmm…. snickers

  • chelsiemoss

    favorite. post. ever.

    chelsie | mossypants.com

  • Kate

    Clueless changed my whole life and taught me the fundamentals of fashion, though it did take me years to understand the Alaia was a real thing (it was still funny back in the day when I had no idea). Long Live Cher Horowitz!

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • Reptilia

    Amazing Movie! Love it! And love what you wrote on the post!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

  • ohkate

    I must agree with you. A conversation about Clueless is never a bad idea. It may actually be my favorite one to have. But what bothers me, is that the year is now 2012 – almost 2013- and we still don’t have Cher’s amazing closet program. It would make mornings so much easier!
    http://grey-buzz.blogspot.com
    @ohhmytash

    • the (un?)social butterfly

      No, no, there´s an app for that now. Actually, several. :) Well, not exactly like THAT, but quite close… I use the Wardrobe Assistant but I Wear… gives that sort of dressing a doll feel (it cuts out your shoes or blouse from the background sort of automatically — it´s pretty cool if you are patient enough to take perfect pictures, or if you buy all your stuff at net-a-porter).

    • Gisele

      I loved this movie and some years later i went to college to study IT. One of my final projects i had to do, i did a proposal for this closet program. It was awesome, very well received by the audience (audience = tons of IT boys that had never seen this movie..) lol

    • Gina

      tell me about it! I still dream of her closet!

  • Alex Talks

    Yes. Yes yes yes.

  • Rara

    Being Iranian, I still think the best line was….. Cher: And that’s the Persian mafia. You can’t hang with them unless you own a black BMW. It did not make much sense at the time, but now I can’t stop laughing. The fact that they even mentioned Persians in that movie made it that much better.

  • brunalouise

    One of the best things about the 90s. So glad to read about it here!

  • olivia sacha soyons ouf

    It’s so true how much went over my head when I was little. I just thought she was the absolute coolest! You catch so much more watching it today.

  • http://twitter.com/prockstarrr Hillary P

    Back in the day I remember having such strong feelings of wanting to BE Cher, and I guess I still do since I recently used her driving test ensemble as inspiration when putting together an outfit.

  • Lauren

    and now i must go home and watch Clueless tonight.

  • edit

    saw the movie for the first time last week and loved it!
    http://xo-xococo.blogspot.com/

  • Katherine

    That was way harsh, Tai.

  • lavieenliz

    clueless is amazing!

    doing a giveaway on my blog!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  • Brooke Allen

    I was in third grade when the movie came out and ive been obsessed with it ever since, but it is way more fun to watch now and pick up all of the innuendos….i am sad to say this new generation of teenage girls that have never seen it are definitely CLUELESS!!!
    brooke @ what2wear

  • lauramach23

    I was 16 when Clueless came out and I can assure you, that it is not only a 90’s thing, it really had a huge cultural impact on teenagers then and it still does now. It’s a whole subculture. Funniest part for me was when Cher got robbed and was begging the thief not to make her lay on the floor on her Alia dress. So many memorable quotes and funny moments. It’s still one of my favorite movies, it’s a classic. You made me want to watch it again today x

    Paint me in the landscape

  • Chelsea

    Clueless is still one of those movies that I stop all activity to watch when it is on TV. It is synonymous with my childhood. And Cher’s closet and associated computer program is still enviable.

    Chelsea
    http://www.hautechildinthecity.com

  • Summer J.

    I remember when my friend told me I was a virgin who can’t even drive. Ouch!

  • http://twitter.com/shresthad Dina Shrestha

    I love this movie!! I worshiped that movie!

  • Modelistic

    “Hopefully not Sporadically!” Aw miss her

  • Ingelin Barstad

    I absolutely love that movie! Me and my best friend (that have been my bf since i was 4years old) watch this movie every year at a certain date! First my dream was to be Punky and after I saw Clueless they were my new Icons. Love from Norway/Oslo <3

  • Alex Virley

    ‘Suck and Blow’ was probably played at every teen party I ever went to…

  • marissa

    When I get my license, i fully intend to break for animals.

  • http://twitter.com/alainaelise Alaina

    I watch this movie at least once a month. SO happy you feel the same as I do about it!

  • when we wander

    Great movie!!

    “He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship?” -Cher

    http://www.whenwewander.blogspot.com

  • B.

    I love both 90’s nostalgia and cluecless :) funny post

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net

  • SarahStrong

    we have this movie on VHS and i have recently introduced it to my 12 year old sister in law, because, you know, i’m basically the best sister in the world. it’s a classic!!! Did you know that Jill Stuart is responsible for most of the clothes in that movie? ridiculous.

  • http://twitter.com/iamstyleeye StyleEye

    Cher invented Alaia for me! For the record I was wearing Tommy Hillfiger overalls with a white cap-sleeved t and tank-top combo….and probably a platform flip flop in white…Genius post!

  • SarahStrong

    May I also add that this was Brittany Murphy’s best (and arguably only good) role. Okay, I guess she was good in Girl, Interrupted, also…. but she pretty much played herself.

  • http://www.anorexicescapades.com/ BougieHippie

    Clueless I and always will be my fav movie of all time. I bought a white jeep b/c of Cher!

  • kk

    love this post, manreppeller.oh , im 22 and watched it the other weekend, and i still love it!

  • katherine

    I remember playing clueless as a kid. I was in 8th grase when it came out and it renained my best friend and my favorite movie for years. We
    still would quote it in college. I cant imagine not knowing clueless

  • http://www.ellaandlouise.com/ Patricia

    Once, when I was twelve, I was home sick and watched the movie for days in a row on repeat. I still love every single thing in it. Best teenage movie ever.

  • Rg

    My Dad bought me this when it first came out and it was my very first DVD. I saw this when nobody else in my town had and therefore I think I was the pioneer to the Clueless revolution that ensued in years to come. It took several screenings of it to really understand what it was about until I really started noticing that these guys in fact were very smart. It’s not like 90210 and yet it stands high in accuracy and portrayal of Pop culture. My favorite moment is the makeover! And the reunion for Entertainment Weekly? Died. They all look exactly the same. Except for the heartthrob.

  • M

    “Oh my god….I love Josh!”
    I was born the same year Clueless came out so it didn’t define my teenage years yet I think it is still completely relevant today! Not sure if its possible to be nostalgic for a time you weren’t alive in but that’s how it feels…I adore this movie and watch it at least once a month, and me and my sister constantly shout “as IF”, or whine “Jooooosh PLEASE” if we want something, or do the “Clavin Klein” routine before we go out!

    My make or break moment for a friendship is always the “have you seen Clueless?” question!!!

  • Lauren Rambo

    Its like you read my mind. Cher Horowitz is my style icon. My favorite outfit of hers is the sheer blouse over the plaid skirt with the silver mary janes. SICK!

    This post is so timely. 90s style is back (be still my heart!) but Paul Rudd never left.

  • mojuzzy

    This movie still makes me laugh. I was 25 when I rented it on VHS. According to some comment poster on your Call Me Maybe video this makes me ancient ha ha! Favorite Cher line ‘Wasn’t my mom a total Betty? She died when I was young. A freak accident during a routine liposuction”

  • camila

    For 3 years after the movie I was still wishing my parents would find a way to give me that computer to pick clothes from my closet. It took longer than I expected but now here it is, countless apps like that on my IPad.

    Tell us your favorite way to wear printed pants:http://www.cottontrendy.com/

  • Catalina

    “It’s like a totally important designer!”
    Hahahahaha my perman friend is sick of hearing this line from me every time he gives me that “(insert totally important designer’s name here)-who?!” face

    Who knew that a decade later I would again crave a tartan suit?, I ask myself.

  • http://www.professionallypetite.com Elissa

    I can’t believe you wrote an entire post on Clueless and didn’t mention Cher’s revolving closet! It is my (and basically every girl I know) DREAM to have that closet! I have seen the movie probably 10 times and every time I watch it I “get” another joke/innuendo that I hadn’t understood before. It really is a brilliant movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.millerwaddell Kelly Miller Waddell

    Best movie of all time. Period.

  • Elena May

    I LOVE CLUELESS. I might not even have been alive when it was released. (no, I googled, I was 1. but genius does not age) You’re great.

    http://elena-may.blospot.fr

  • Marni

    Her computer tells her when her outfit doesn’t match… This movie was so ahead of its time. (We won’t go into the actual necessity of having a computer analyze whether a yellow plaid jacket matches it’s mini-skirt counterpart though.)

    • the (un)social butterfly

      Oh yeah right I now have an app just like Cher´s! hahahahaha

  • Ida Eerola

    Clueless is one of the best movies ever, it’s hard to find something that could beat the 90’s teen spirit! Plus it also contains some very inspirational style.
    And I actually was in shock when it wasn’t at my nearest(yet big) movie rental, I thought it was a modern classic!
    Cher for life!

  • Jasmine

    I was 1 years old when this film came out, but I can still relate! It’s not just nostalgic for those who were around Cher’s age in that era but it’s a must see film for every teen girl :)

  • http://www.everythingremindsmeofyou.org/ elle

    “Isn’t my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972.”

    “We might get Marky Mark to plant a celebrity tree.”
    “Oh how fabulous. Getting Marky Mark to take time from his busy pants dropping schedule to plant trees.”

    “Until mankind is peaceful enough not to have violence on the news, there’s no point in taking it out of shows that need it for entertainment value.”

    I love this movie…

  • http://www.everythingremindsmeofyou.org/ elle

    I was 15 when it came out. Life changing.

  • XeanaFashion

    It’s cool & interesting!
    After all this is a manifestation of your personality. Everyone has the right to be what he wants!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  • krisbliss

    One of my favorite movies of all time. Watching it as an adult, I did understanding things that I missed as a child– but I realize how EPIC this movie is! Of course we all wanted to be like Cher and Dionne- the were the epitome of cool! It makes me feel nostalgic for the 90’s, each and every time I watch. But I also gain something new everytime I watch. A classic!

  • jprice

    “I know it sounds mental, but sometimes I have more fun vegging out than when I go partying. Maybe because all my party clothes are so binding.”

  • Sarah

    “LUCYYYY where’s my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal?!”

  • Gussie

    im 17 but i’m fully aware that Clueless is an essential part of life

  • http://twitter.com/far_and_wild Far and Wild Jewelry

    i would still kill for cher’s virtual closet and everything in it. cher totally started the touch screen trend.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.blogspot.com

  • Karen Yuan

    I was 5 when clueless was release. I loved it throughout my childhood and well into my teenage years…who am I kidding. I still watch it now.

    Being 4 when it was release, that is not an excuse. I think you need to sit your acquaintance down and show her the joy of clueless. otherwise, drop her. :)

    x k
    http://www.thechicndamned.blogspot.com

  • Katie

    I think I was 12 when it came out and almost 18 years later, I still quote it on a regular basis. The soundtrack is pretty legendary, as well. I can’t hear All the Young Dudes without seeing backwards caps and flannel shirts “….and we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so!”

  • Ariel Robert

    Oh gosh, Clueless is a classic. We (Clueless and I) are actually the same age (does that make me a classic?) so I don’t have any memories of seeing it in theatres. It is, however, one of my favorite movies, if only for the quintessential valley girl essence of it.

  • sam

    “You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.” — Cher

  • Hillary

    My Dear Husband sings “Rollin with the Homies” to me, complete with dance on a semi regular basis :) I saw it after it came out on video, but I did love it. It ranks with Empire Records as one of my favorite teenage movies. And I was homeschooled, so both movies were depicting alien teenage life!

  • KatrinaAtienza

    I was 15 when this came out (FML!) and it was the Best. Movie. Ever. Even today in my Ye Olde 30s I make a point to watch this every other month or so. It never gets old. My friends and I still quote this to each other. Cultural touchstone and all that. And I totally agree with your ‘Da Vinci Code’ analogy. The only other film to stand up to repeated viewings to unravel its mysteries is Reality Bites, and let me tell you what a revelation it was to learn that the twentysomething coolness I’d aspired to at 13 turned out to be incredibly biting mockery.

  • Camille Marie

    Amber: Ms. Stoeger, my plastic surgeon doesn’t want me doing any activity where balls fly at my nose.
    Dionne: Well, there goes your social life.

    BEST LINE OF THE WHOLE MOVIE
    thenycidet.blogspot.com

  • Eryn

    Yes yes yes yes yes… everything is magical in that movie, to me. Cher imparts the most poignant, perfect teenager wisdom, always while looking totally amazing.
    As if!
    fashionfledge.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/melissachrisp Melissa Chrisp

    I have watched Clueless, probably, a hundred times. It seriously never gets old! I am all about 90s nostalgia.

    http://melissachrisp.com

  • contactsheets.net

    I was ambling Sunday streets with a new-ish friend, coffees in hand and the beginnings of a provisional sisterhood. I can’t remember exactly what happened but one us responded with “that was way harsh Tai”, then a mutual knowing look. There you have the Clueless test… a shared 90s nostalgia, a love of computerized closets and makeovers that go beyond skin deep – all otherwise known as Cher-ing.

  • bellaconscience

    Cluelesss=the definition of teenage insecurities….
    bellaconscience.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Patterson-Brinkerhoff/1472905916 Julie Patterson Brinkerhoff

    Is it on Blue Ray?

  • marianna

    I am 21, but my sister show me this movie and I completely love it <3 and what they wore.
    http://bunnyaporter.blogspot.mx/

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  • Izzy

    I was really young when Clueless came out. One of my fondest memories of childhood is a 3 month period when my parents were doing up the house and we didn’t have TV channels so my sister and I watch Clueless on repeat, twice a day, every day for three months. My friends hate watching it with me because I know the script word for word but I still love it and although have it on DVD, every time it comes on TV I have to record it.

    Reminiscing high school and University and my career I think I definitely took on Cher’s advice to, never accept a first offer, and always considered grades were just a jumping off point to start negotiations rather than have a teacher low-ball me.

  • Catherine and Greer

    Nobody pulled off Matchy-Matchy quite like Cher, she needs a medal

    http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au

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  • Izzy

    Learning what a Monet was totally made me into the art historian I am today. Also, we all need to talk about this please: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/cher-and-dionne-together-again

  • Izada

    Over a decade later, I still watch this movie with some regularity. It defied a long line of youth rebellion and stupid bathroom humour movies and provided us with another alternative. I was flannel girl growing up, but I think even those who wore the most flannel have a little bit of Cher in us. Everything was larger than life, and extremely emotive. And in spite of it all, the message about finding yourself amidst your everyday disasters probably still resonates, even a decade later. Though admittedly, Cher’s disasters were far more memorable than my own.

  • http://youmakemeswoon.wordpress.com/ Sally

    I used to dress like Cher, head to toe! I had some black sling backs that I wore with black knee high socks, a little tartan kilt with a long white lien shirt with a little black jumper over the top. Was my favourite look.
    LOVE clueless… I might bring back that look… if I am brave enough!

  • Lily

    so glad we have Cluless in common.

  • Laura

    Cher: That’s Ren and Stimpy. They’re way existential.
    Josh: Do you have any idea what you’re talking about?
    Cher: No. Why, does it sound like I do?

  • M F

    This movie is probably the best American movie ever. Yeah, I said it. I still quote it regularly.
    I made this little Brittany Murphy x Clueless tribute when she passed away (RIP):
    http://publicwitnessprogram.blogspot.com/2009/12/tribute-to-brittany-murphy.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/flo.labrado Flo LaBrado

    After my zillionth viewing of Clueless, I decided that the next day I would wear a dress to school. I totally experienced some Cher moments as I discovered the (internal) power of looking hot. I didn’t perma-trade my combat boots and men inspired shirts and blazers, but I learned how cool it is to feel hot… regardless of what I’m wearing. Thanks, Cher!

  • ASparklyHanger

    I’m gonna be the shallow one here and admit my fascination was with Cher’s clothing programme, I even tried to do sth similar on my computer with photo collages, I was fascinated…
    Now, for those who haven’t discovered it yet, there is an application called MyCloset that is quite similar…well, it doesn’t say “fail” when you choose the wrong outfit, but still keeps the vibe

  • MichL

    I definitely wouldn’t have enjoyed mentos as much… that’s all I can say!

  • TGST

    this is your best post ever. i mean, ever.

  • Sara Miller

    To this day, I cannot hear the word “sporadic” without thinking of Cher. I love this movie!

  • http://twitter.com/LaceyBraun Lacey Jo Braun

    Looking back I have no idea why my parents allowed a preschooler to watch Clueless, but I loved it. I grew up trying to emulate Cher Horowitz; I got called out in kindergarten for saying “As If!” during milk break. Her pop culture greatness kept me hooked on the mainstream, so my role models throughout elementary and junior high were Ms. Horowitz, Britney Spears, and Julia Roberts. A sordid crew, but I think I turned out all right. They taught this sheltered rural Minnesota native things cows and corn just can’t. Slowly unpacking all of the innuendo from Clueless has been a fun part of growing up. And nothing beats finally understanding that Elton did not, in fact, literally suck. Only figuratively.

  • alex

    rollin with the homies

  • Camilla

    I was also four years old when Clueless came out but it was and still is one of my favourite movies, and a very defining movie for me. All my friends feel the same, so I think the person you were talking to was just out of the loop. The best time in high school was when we had to “study” Clueless vs. Emma and got to watch it over and over again. Every time I watch it I pick up something new, and I’ll certainly never forget when “riding the crimson wave” finally clicked for me. Thank you for the awesome post! I’m off to watch it now instead of doing my graduation project. Cheers!

  • Naomi G

    Crazy how you just posted this. Was just watching clueless while folding laundry. The moment of finally catching the crimson wave was bitter sweet- A feeling of triumph as I finally caught on, but realizing that I am so old innuendos will rarely go over me anymore. Hence, I will sporadically have the future feeling of finally catching on.

  • meowerson

    Rolling with THE homies. Shameful.

  • brooke harrison

    While your friend was 4 years old, I was about 4/5 days old when Clueless was released. Still, I’m so in love with the nineties, its lifestyle and its fashion. I don’t even know how to fully explain my love for movies of the nineties and the life of teenagers in that period.. I feel like I should have been able to fully appreciate those years. Cher Horowitz is basically me, and I still use the jargon today when random males hit on me at school or on facebook, seriously? AS IF. And Paul Rudd was (still is basically) my celebrity crush!! Cutest overly emphatic college student ever. I still find myself sporadically watching the movie instead of doing homework.

    http://muchadoaboutfashi0n.blogspot.com

  • TeuntjeVDW

    One of my favorite movies. EVER! xx.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JenG.WhatsHerSecret Jen Gonzalez

    Oh my gosh, I quote clueless all the time! In fact, the other day I was just talking about how I was the only 10 year old in platform silver maryjanes with white knee high socks, because I just HAD to look like Cher. When I recently crashed into a garbage can (it came out of no where and I may or may not have been texting) and ripped off my passenger side mirror, I heard Cher’s voice in my head instantly, “My baaaad!” I even quoted her a few months ago on my blog, here: http://bit.ly/RhgXT1 Great post, MR!

  • http://inspiration-elle.blogspot.com/ Diana

    CONTEMPO casual and chin pubes…doesn’t get more classic than that.
    This is an instant cult classic, and a must-see. They just don’t write movies like this anymore. My sister was a teen, and I was like 8 when this came out and so didn’t understand half of the movie. Re-watched it years later, and I had the most brilliant a-ha moment. Whenever I see plaid, thigh high stockings, or drive in platforms/heels, I always think of Clueless.

    xoxoo

  • Liz

    OMG this is still my favorite movie, I watch it all the time. When it first came out, living in the cold Northwest, my sisters and I would watch the movie a million times and dream of sunny California. When we graduated high school my sisters and I finally got to move to sunny Los Angeles and couldn’t be happier. But I still need to get my white jeep!

  • o.meshko

    cher taught me how to deal with men…some men are dogs, some men, are into other men, and some men will treat you like a goddess if you let them. Cher was elegant and classy and absolutely badass, and she had a wardrobe to die for.

  • kayla

    i dressed like cher on the first day of 8th grade. grey pinstriped jumper, baby tee with a ruffle collar underneath, knee highs, black platform shoes, patent leather and red plaid mini backpack. and i got made fun of. obviously that girl didn’t realize my (or cher’s) awesomeness.

  • Sharon

    Clueless is an amazing movie… it seems superficial but there’s actually a lot of values that still apply today.
    The movie is so educational that it’s in my yr 11 high school studies… essays on Clueless all the way!
    and with that… I’M OUTTIE!

    http://primpedandprimed.blogspot.com.au/

  • Brenda

    Clueless was everything. I still watch thi smovie every bi quaterly. Long live Cher.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joie.mayor Joie Mayor

    One of the best 90s movies ever! Its right up there with Romy and Michelle’s High School reunion. Me n my bestie are always talking about clueless, its usually our morning after movie too :D So many life lessons learnt!

  • Mouthful of Style

    Still obsessing over Cher’s rotational closet. How come a decade later it is still not a fixture in every closet? It ought to be!

    Check out my blog merging style insights with luxury business learnings.
    http://mouthfulofstyle.blogspot.co.uk

  • B

    I love Clueless, always have. Of course, at the time it came out I was only in Elementary school and definitely did not get some of the jokes or innuedos by any means. But that is what has made it so fun now. The first time I watched it, as an ahem, adult… I’m only 23, made me giggle and say “ooooh that’s what they meant.” I had no idea when I was little what the phrases and words I knew by heart meant, but I still loved it. I DVR’d it the other day (as I only have it on VHS, which is a crime) and watched the whole thing through, a feat not easily accomplished as my generation has ADD-everything. It was great. A couple of months ago I decided I was going to dress as Cher for Halloween (I keep having to explain, Cher Horowitz, not like Sonny and Cher… UGH AS IF!) I am so excited. I had to decide between the iconic red bodycon dress with white boa and shopping bags as seen on the movie posters and worn the the Val-party and the even more iconic yellow plaid two piece skirt-suit-blazer thing. I decided on the latter as I thought more people would recognize it. I cannot tell you how excited I am to carry around a bulky 90’s cellphone inside my faux fur micro backpack (duh, it’s totally fake!) I tried to get my boyfriend to be El-en (Elton) but he wasn’t having it…. I should probably break up with him, huh?

    So glad you wrote about Clueless, it really is the best. Both in fashion and in adolescences. It captures not only a particular generation but also a certain period of time that everyone goes through, regardless of decade.

  • sally

    BMEITWEW (best movie ever in the whole entire world!!!). Okay, maybe not BEST, but really awesome and definitely loved it like crazy as a teen and probably (okay definitely also) think about it way too much as an adult. The clothes, the phrases, the music, it was all so incredibly cool and inspiring at the time. Oh to be Cher!!!

  • Ciara

    “Let’s do a lap before we commit to a location.”
    Still faithfully employing Cher’s way astute party protocol a teenager’s lifetime later.

  • Margaret

    “wow, you guys talk like grown ups”

    “oh well this is a really good school” …Clueless is a fabulous movie with great costumes!

    check out my blog: http://sundrythreads.wordpress.com/

  • http://profiles.google.com/kimberleyjgriffiths Kimberley Griffiths

    I looove Clueless! Always have – always will!

  • lapetitemortxo

    I’m obsessed. I was 6 when it came out and had much the same experience of gradually figuring out a lot of the jokes and slang. Cher was definitely my first fashion icon. I even wrote a whole post about her in a series I do called “Fictional Fashion Icons” on my blog. Link: http://fashionisevolution.blogspot.com/p/fictional-fashion-icons.html

    I can’t count the number of times I think about Clueless. Like the other day when I crossed my legs toward someone and wondered if he knew it was an unequivocal sex invite.

  • Jas

    “How terrible it must have been to spend your formulative years in the latter half of the 90s” …according to my math, you were only 7 when the film came out. so uh, didn’t you do just that? you weren’t even a teen in the 90s lol. not so much of a difference from your acquaintance after all

  • Tay

    i wish they wld make another Clueless movie! I still watch this movie now in 2012! i must say i never understood it completely as a teenager but now that i am 24 i fully understand every joke made! The 90’s were the best era to grow up in, no doubt!

  • Cismyname

    I was so old when Clueless came out, I was almost WORKING, but I still loved it because she was so funny. People told me it was not relevant and somebody else said to me: “That w___ girl?” So yeah, maybe this movie was the genesis of so-called “white girl problems,” which are the only problems I really enjoy having (no matching nail polish or terminal cancer? bad dry cleaning or life threatening accident?). You decide. Guess I will need to watch this again. But I think I used the word sporadic even before it came out. And for all that fashion, she was about 85% nerd.

  • Fatty

    Ah love Clueless! Actually did a post on the 90’s which included the importance of Clueless!

    http://takeabiteoutoffatty.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/throwback-thursdays/

  • TheDowager

    Clueless captured the pathos of the time and certainly affected society, not just pop-culture. the subject matter is silly but the way in which it was presented was very sophisticated and wether u agree or not it is very entertaining! it also prognosticated the influence of fashion in the mass media.

  • http://twitter.com/kelcadet Kel Cadet

    “Do you like Billie Holiday?”

    “I love him!”

    The best older sisters I never had were Cher and Dionne. The list of lessons could run for days!

  • maevis

    “it’s JUST like Hamlet said, ‘to thine own self be true.'”

    “uh, Hamlet didn’t say that”

    “I think that i remember Hamlet accurately”

    “mmhmm. well, i remember Mel Gibson accurately, aaaaand he didn’t say that. That Polonious guy did.”

    (…one of Rudd’s best smiles)

  • NA10

    Best movie ever! So glad I saw this on wear to click! I love the man repeller! http://weartoclick.com/the-man-repeller-clueless/

  • Chelsea

    I’m going to leave this gem here for you clueless lovers…

    I have a Clueless concept 90’s skate punk band called As If and the Whatevers.

    I love Clueless and know the movie beginning to end, so I decided to start a band!

    asifandthewhatevers.bandcamp.com

  • Aaron B

    The coining of the term “shame spiral” is an epic moment for the slang lexicon. And I still silently gasp “Oooh snickers!!!” In my head everytime I see a candybar. The mystic wisdom of this movie is that of legend!

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.johnston.9047 Elizabeth Johnston

    Clueless came out in the summer before I started jr high (yup, saw it in the theatre)… I remember on the first day of school that fall EVERY GIRL showed up in a plaid pleated skirt, knee-highs, mary-janes and a twin-set, myself included.
    I find it amazing that something that influenced my clothing choices 17 years ago is still with me today… I’m outie

  • Guest

    Omg. This is absolutely amazing. I can’t believe you wrote about how you watched the film during your ‘formative years.’ Two months ago I started a blog called ‘Listen Girlfriends!’ and in my ‘About Me’ section, I write,

    “My hope is that this space will encourage this dialogue, to engage
    others from different backgrounds and belief systems to join in the
    conversation, and really listen to each other, girlfriends. And
    yes, I call my friends, family and strangers on the street
    ‘girlfriend,’ including my guy friends. It could just be that I formed a
    subconscious response to the ubiquitous use of ‘guys’ to refer to any
    group of people, even if it is a group of girls! Or maybe it’s just
    because I watched the film Clueless one too many times during my all important, formative middle school years, and I have a bit of Cher/Valley Girl in me.”

    http://listengirlfriends.wordpress.com/category/why-i-created-this-blog/

    I SO wish I could have been a Riot Girl. I loved Kathleen Hanna and Jeanine Garofalo. But I missed that boat by a few years and I will always be Cher (with a good dose of Tai thrown in :)

  • http://twitter.com/listenGfs Nadia

    Omg. This is absolutely amazing. I can’t believe you wrote about how you watched the film during your ‘formative years.’ Two months ago I started a blog called ‘Listen Girlfriends!’ and in my ‘About Me’ section, I write,

    “My hope is that this space will encourage this dialogue, to engage
    others from different backgrounds and belief systems to join in the
    conversation, and really listen to each other, girlfriends. And
    yes, I call my friends, family and strangers on the street
    ‘girlfriend,’ including my guy friends. It could just be that I formed a
    subconscious response to the ubiquitous use of ‘guys’ to refer to any
    group of people, even if it is a group of girls! Or maybe it’s just
    because I watched the film Clueless one too many times during my all important, formative middle school years, and I have a bit of Cher/Valley Girl in me.”

    http://listengirlfriends.wordpress.com/about-3/

    I SO wish I could have been a Riot Grrrl. I loved Kathleen Hanna and Jeanine Garofalo. I would have loved to pass around zines. But I missed that boat by a few years and I could never pull off Jeanine-even though I loved her in ‘Reality Bites. I will always be Cher (with a good dose of Tai thrown in :)

  • Cher Hanusiak

    We have the same name… So there’s that.

  • Gils

    So well put!!!!! Reading this has made me beyond happy!!!

  • style-drum.blogspot.com

    Rolling with the homies!

  • http://www.facebook.com/serafleishman Sera Fleishman

    dee that was a stop sign, like duh i totally paused. i didnt get that til i was 16 years old, and then i loved it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/serafleishman Sera Fleishman

    mentos, the fresh maker

  • http://www.facebook.com/serafleishman Sera Fleishman

    brittany murphy 4 eva <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/serafleishman Sera Fleishman

    uravirginwhocantdrive , im done!

  • http://www.facebook.com/serafleishman Sera Fleishman

    she died when i was just a baby, a fluke accident during a routine liposuction

    or am i…

  • http://twitter.com/traceetibbz tracee tibbitts

    i was also 4 when clueless was released. i watch it on a monthly basis. cher is my idol and i pattern my life after this movie. your friend isn’t too young for clueless; she has no taste.

  • Claire Horowics

    Cher is my idol. I swear she is the one and only it girl.

  • Anne

    Great movie! When I watch it today I remember the scenes that made the whole theater laugh. Like when they meet up on the hallway and yet keep talking to each other on the mobile for a sec…. such a big laugh. Today I would not notice the joke if I did not know.

  • http://organizeapepral.tumblr.com T S ▲ D

    Clueless helps me feel connected to my teenage side. The daring ideas of meeting a hot guy, getting back at your school teacher and kicking it at the mall on Friday nights. Being rebellious and reckless yet thinking I have it all figured out at 16 years old. It also served as an inside look for the the ways of the RICH and PRIVILEGED teen, which was fantasy in itself. That’s what it was for me when I was a 9 year old. Yet, because this era is so timeless it somehow still is.