We all remember those two epic words. Two words that when apart are nothing, but when put together symbolize a part of 90s culture that will forever live on for generations to come. Cher Horowitz’ wildly popular phrase, “As if!” is but one memorable quote from the hit 90s movie, Clueless.
I wanted to live in this world. I mean, just look at these girls. They’re rich, young and good-looking. They can basically get whatever they want. Look at their impressive outfits, shoe collection, cars and Beverly Hills mansions. Anyone who has a wardrobe matching computer program complete with a rotating closet that seems to go on forever is cool in my book.
“Ooh! Project!” And who could forget the amazing makeover scene when Cher & Dionne take Tai in and change her from a socially awkward teenager into a beautiful, fashionable young woman.
Loosely based on Jane Austen’s novel Emma, Clueless is a teen comedy that follows materialistic teenager Cher (Alicia Silverstone) through her trials and tribulations of matchmaking. She and her best friend Dionne (Stacey Ash) makeover the new girl in town, Tai (Brittany Murphy), and try to fix her up with the newly single Elton. They also try to get two of their lonely teachers together, Ms. Geist and Mr. Hall. Cher is so busy trying to do good by matching everyone else up, that she doesn’t comprehend her meddling ways. So consumed by appearances and her rich lifestyle, Cher finally realizes how clueless she is and tries to change her ways. Oh yeah, and of course she finds love.
I own the “Whatever!” Edition of Clueless (pictured on the right). This edition has many special features that are not on the original DVD. It includes commentary from the writer/director Amy Heckerling, stories from the cast and crew and a feature that describes the filmmakers’ trend-setting fashion choices. After all, one of the things that people remember most about this movie is the killer outfits. While many of them are over the top with interesting patterns, outrageous Dr. Seuss hats and feathered boas, I’m not gonna lie, I would love to be able to dress like them. Maybe not out in public, but at least around the house.
Baggy pants boys? Ugh, as if! I love watching that scene in the movie. It makes me laugh every time. I also have to point out another trend that Clueless most definitely started…ladies and gentlemen, the feather pen.
Everyone I know had a feather pen. I was 6 when the movie first came out, but those pens lasted well into my elementary years. You could get them in any color. I think I had a pink one and purple one. I loved writing with it in school. I felt just like Cher. I probably even re-enacted that exact feather pen pose (yup, kinda loser-ish haha).
Clueless is also one of those movies that people quote all the time. Besides “As if!” “Whatever!” with hand gesture and the “Hait-i-an” speech, this movie delivered some famous scenes.
I couldn’t find a video of the scene, so this audio will have to do. Travis Birkenstock, played by Breckin Meyer, is a stoner skateboard fanatic who has a crush on Tai. Before this quote, Mr. Hall is reading off student tardies. Travis has the most, and he makes this speech:
“I would like to say this. Tardiness is not something you can do all on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver for taking a chance on an unknown kid, and last but not least, the wonderful crew of McDonald’s for spending hours making those egg McMuffins without which I’d never be tardy.”
This is my sister’s favorite quote from this movie. While there is definitely nothing special about it, this quote is a great example of Clueless‘s humor. Nobody would make a speech in class like this in real life, but this would be exactly what you would expect from a character like Travis.
One of my favorite moments includes the late Brittany Murphy (1977-2009). Her death was a surprise, and I am still in shock about it every time I watch one of her movies. She had a contagious smile and a certain flair about her that made you pay attention to her. Clueless was definitely her breakout role, and I know I will forever remember her as Tai Frasier.
Cher and Tai are working out to a Buns of Steel video, and Tai gets tired. She sits down and turns on the television.
“Yeah, I hope not sporadically.” Who could forget this scene? Brittany showcases her beautiful voice and exaggerated New Jersey accent. Besides her energy on film, I loved Brittany’s voice. She also sings in other movies, including Little Black Book and Happy Feet. I always thought she had something unique. I don’t know how much money Mentos paid for that product integration, but I definitely bought packs of Mentos after watching this movie and loved singing the song.
Clueless is one of those movies to which everyone can relate. Of course it’s about fashion and the life of the wealthy, but it is also about fitting in and finding yourself at a time when most people have no clue how to do either. Everything in the movie may have been over the top, and it may seem like a superficial chick flick to the naked eye, but Clueless is a pop culture iconic film for a reason.