This Reminds Boys of Being Naked, and Then They Think of Sex.
Again feeling the need to get away from the underdog fighting movies, I feel that the movie I’ve chosen for today could not be further removed from them. When the Lady MacBalls last suggested a movie, it was my most popular review in a while, so I felt a little obligated to do her next request quickly. The movie she suggested was a movie I already owned, but had never opened and never really had an inspiration to open it. I had seen it before, though the last time was much closer to when the movie came out. It doesn’t seem like the kind of movie I would enjoy, but I vaguely remember it being better than one would expect based on the subject matter. Let’s see if memory serves in my review of Clueless, written and directed by Amy Heckerling, and starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer, Dan Hedaya, Jeremy Sisto, Justin Walker, Wallace Shawn, Twink Caplan, Elisa Donovan, and Julie Brown.
I just realized that this is going to be a hard movie to describe because there’s no singular plotline to be seen. Well this movie is basically about a superficial high school girl named Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), who is pretty, popular, and rich. She’s friends with Dionne Davenport (Stacey Dash), who is roughly as pretty, popular, and rich. Cher lives with her father (Dan Hedaya) in Beverly Hills and is visited often by her ex-stepbrother Josh (Paul Rudd). First, Cher gets a mediocre grade on her report card and resolves to fix that by setting her teacher, Mr. Hall (Wallace Shawn), up with another teacher, Miss Geist (Twink Caplan). With that out of the way, she then decides to give a makeover to the new girl at school, Tai Frasier (Brittany Murphy). Tai seems to like a stoner named Travis (Brecken Meyer), but Cher sets her straight and steers her towards rich kid Elton (Jeremy Sisto). Elton doesn’t want Tai; he wants Cher, so that backfires. Cher starts going after a new kid whose wardrobe is stuck in the 50’s named Christian (Justin Walker), but it turns out he’s gay. Then a couple of other things and the end.
I remember this movie being better, but I suppose it’s not really made for my age range. This movie seems more appropriate for teenagers around the same age as the characters in the movie, or at least for people that really enjoyed the movie back then. Watching the movie today and as a 28-year-old, I don’t find a great deal of appeal in the movie. It’s fine, but doesn’t really seem for me. Even though I know that it’s mostly done in parody, I don’t know why I’d want to spend very much time with this superficial and stupid lot of people. Yeah, pretty much everyone in this movie is super great to look at, but it turns out they talk too. I grant that I’ve seen the movie before, but I didn’t really find most of the jokes funny. The funniest thing to happen in the movie to me was when Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd were talking about Marky Mark and how he wasn’t cool anymore, which made me laugh because Mark Wahlberg is super famous now and Alicia Silverstone could very well be dead for all I know. Beyond that, it seemed as if the bulk of the humor came from how dumb the characters were. I would give the movie credit for having a decent enough message in the end about getting over yourself and trying to do something for those in need, even if you remain dumb to do so. I didn’t feel like the story was ever really any one story either. It was just like a couple of smaller stories smashed together to no great effect.
I guess you could say the performances were really good because they accomplished the two goals they set for themselves: be super-hot and pretty stupid. Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash were particularly good at both of these. Brittany Murphy’s looked better than she did in this movie, even after the makeover, and her character typically got on my nerves. I had completely forgotten that Paul Rudd played the stepbrother in this movie. That’s all I had to say about that. Donald Faison and Breckin Meyer’s characters had a few quasi funny moments.
I’m sorry that I couldn’t muster much to say about this movie. It wasn’t really good, and it wasn’t really bad. It wasn’t funny, but it wasn’t painful. It’s a decent enough conclusion, but a haphazard story with no real conflict and resolution, and the characters were mostly dumb and not people I want to spend time with. I vaguely remember liking this when I was younger, but the attractive stars would’ve accomplished piquing my interest at that age all by themselves. You may still like this movie if you have really fond memories of it from your youth, but it doesn’t really stand on its own anymore as far as I’m concerned. You can probably skip this movie and not miss much beyond some sexy, fully-clothed ladies. Clueless gets “Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?” out of “Old people can be so sweet.”
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