Are you Clueless about Clueless or Whatever?
A mid-90's flick with a cult follow that anyone who grew up in the 90's has seen would for sure be Clueless - We've dug up some useless facts about Clueless for you? Don't need them? Whatever!
Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills, must survive the ups and downs of adolescent life. Her external demeanor at first seems superficial, but rather it hides her wit, charm, and intelligence which help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life.
First and foremost, Clueless gave us some quote that stuck with us! We've jotted down some of our favorites!
Mel: What the hell is that?
Cher: A dress.
Mel: Says who?
Cher: Calvin Klein.
Cher: Would you call me selfish?
Dionne: No, not to your face.
Do you prefer "fashion victim" or "ensembly challenged"?
I don't speak Mexican!
That's Ren and Stimpy. They're way existential.
Okay, okay, so he is kind of a Baldwin
We dug up some fun trivia - Let's see if you knew any of these - if you know some, be sure to comment below.
Alicia Silverstone (Cher) was truly clueless and actually did not know how to correctly pronounce "Haitians" in the classroom scene. The director told the crew not to correct her because she liked it so much and wanted it to be in the film.
Alicia Silverstone didn't ever have to audition for her role in Clueless...so I guess she wasn't that clueless!
During the game of "Suck and Blow," the cast was unable to sustain the breath to make a real credit card pass from mouth to mouth; a prop card made of cardboard was substituted that still did not work. Holes were drilled into it to make it easier, and when this failed also, the whole cast's lips were heavily coated in chapstick to force the card to stick. So I guess the cast didn't suck?
The film's writers sat in classes at Beverly Hills High to get the flavor of the students.
While filming, Paul Rudd was mugged and had his backpack stolen, which held his script for the movie. Wonder what they thought of the script?
Paul Rudd auditioned for the roles of Murray, Christian and Elton. Rudd assumed that the character of Murray was a white teenager trying to act like a rapper. Guess he just wanted any role her could get!
Plaid was DEF IN in the 90's! During the film, there are fifty-three different kinds of tartan/plaid used, seven of which are worn by Cher, and twelve by other major characters.
One of the promotional items distributed to tie in with the film was a booklet called "How to Speak Cluelessly." In it was a lexicon of many of the invented terms used for the Clueless (1995) world, some of which became part of real teen lingo at the time. An example was a Baldwin being a very handsome male, as in the famous sibling actors. Bonus points if you can guess another!
Plot, Characters, Themes and Values are all based on Jane Ausen's novel, Emma. Amy Heckerling was asked by Paramount to write a film for teenagers, and she instantly remembered the novel she read as a teenager.
Actors who auditioned for this film included Reese Witherspoon for Cher, Terrence Howard for Murray, Jeremy Renner for Christian and Josh, Zooey Deschanel for Amber and Cher, Owen Wilson for Travis, Leah Remini for Tai, Seth Green for Travis, and Lauryn Hill for Dionne. Now THAT is star studded!
The part of Mr. Hall was based on real Beverly Hills High debate teacher Herb Hall, a friend of director Amy Heckerling. As a favor, the real Herb Hall was given the part of the school Principal.
According to "As If!" a book by Jen Chaney celebrating the twentieth anniversary of this film, though many people think the costuming budget must have been high for the film, it was actually quite modest for a big blockbuster film. Costume designer Mona May wanted the girls to look like mall rats, not models, so her 63 outfit changes only cost $200,000. The biggest costume expense was the plaid Jean Paul Gaultier outfit Alicia Silverstone wears in the opening scenes, an outfit that she got to keep, along with all her outfits from the film which, as she told Entertainment Weekly magazine, she gave away to charity.
Clueless (1995) was ranked at #7 on Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best High School Movies (2006). Still #1 in my book.
Although with many obvious modernizations and adaptations having been made, Clueless (1995) actually does still dovetail pretty closely to the original plot and central set of characters found in Austen's novel "Emma." In terms of the cast, for instance, Cher is Emma, Josh is Mr Knightley, Tai is Harriet Smith, Elton is Mr. Elton, Travis is Robert Martin, Christian is a loose and much more sympathetic version of Frank Churchill, and Dionne could feasibly be Mrs. Weston (although it is also possible, given that Cher attempts to matchmake the two of them, that Mr. Hall and Miss Geist could also be Mr. and Mrs. Weston, who, likewise, Emma claims to have matched). Yeah...I'll take their word for it.
This film had a 40-day shooting schedule.
The baseball hat that Josh wears is a KU hat for University of Kansas. Paul Rudd is from Kansas and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School.
The band playing during the party scene is the Boston-based Ska band the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
Cher's "Haitians" speech in debate class was initially a full minute longer; it was used in its entirety as the first half of an original theatrical trailer. It was cut for the final film but featured additional comparisons to her garden party, including a rant on "mismatched chairs which was totally icky."
A promo filmed for MTV showed Dionne and Cher ordering food at a diner. Their waitress was their moonlighting lesbian P.E. teacher Miss Stoger. In it, they get freaked out by the idea of brine in their ceasar salad, and instead just order lemon wedges to suck on.
The funny little convertible car which Christian drives to Cher's house is a 1954 Nash Metropolitan. Pfft...rich kids.
Jeremy Sisto and Alicia Silverstone would reunite sixteen years later as love interests George Altman and Eden in the sitcom Suburgatory (2011).
Cher's last name is given as Horowitz, but shown on her report card as Hamilton. This may be an in-joke, as director Amy Heckerling's previously directed Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) featured a character named Stacey Hamilton.
Cher's address is listed as 901 Drury Ln Beverly Hills, 90212.
This film spun off a television show and a series of books.
Included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,"
The episode of Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) that Cher and Josh watch is called Beavis and Butt-Head: The Great Cornholio (1994). This is my favorite episode...just ask.
According to the script, the restaurant scenes were supposed to take place at California Pizza Kitchen, but when the CEOs of that franchise read the breadstick/penis jokes in the script, they would not allow filming to take place in their restaurants. Big babies.
This film is the template of Iggy Azalea's music video "Fancy," released in 2014.
In the scene where Cher is packing for her father and is surprised by Christian's call, he is at a museum. The painting behind him is of two men affectionately in an embrace, another foreshadow of his sexuality.
So did you already know it all? Tell us something we don't know!