WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A spoiled Beverly Hills teen- named Cher (Alicia Silverstone) rules the roost at her Beverly Hills high school- and falls for her step-brother (Paul Rudd). That is all.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Watching CLUELESS for the first time since '95, I was gobsmacked at how there's virtually no plot to CLUELESS. No conflict, no drama- nada. Rather CLUELESS is carried solely on the back of Alicia Silverstone's madly appealing Cher. This made her a star (albeit briefly) in the same way EASY A put Emma Stone on the map. She was everywhere for about two years after this, and it's easy to see why. She completely puts CLUELESS over with her charm, and despite playing a spoiled Beverly Hills brat- who would probably be right at home on KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, she's still damn likable. Silverstone plays her with a charming naivete (rather than stupidity) and the role fits her to a tee. Sadly- she was so good that thereafter it was impossible not to see her as Cher, and it pigeonholed her.
Other than Silverstone, Paul Rudd- who doesn't seem to have aged in seventeen years, is appealing as her cynical step-brother, and it's not that different from what he's known for doing these days. Brittany Murphy also shows up as Cher's friend Tai- and it's shocking to see the physical transformation Murphy underwent after the film, as she's all but unrecognizable here.
The extras mainly consist of an extended retrospective documentary cut up into seven pieces, including bits on the cast, writing, memorable scenes, and the way the film captured the zeitgeist in '95.
Most of the actors weigh-in, minus Silverstone. A very skinny Murphy even puts in an appearance, with this having but shot back in '05, before her untimely death. Rounding out the extras are trailers .
While it's wafer thin, CLUELESS is a fun, enjoyable film. It's basically EMMA in high school, or a lighter take on director Amy Heckerling's own FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH- but for what it is, it's pleasant.