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->''"Ugh! As if!"''

'''''Clueless''''' is a 1995 teen comedy from Amy Heckerling, starring Alicia Silverstone, PaulRudd, Stacey Dash and the late BrittanyMurphy.

Set in Beverly Hills and focusing on spoiled, shallow, but essentially good hearted teenager Cher Horowitz. It was actually an unofficial updating of Jane Austen's ''Literature/{{Emma}}'', adding funny, but affectionate, jabs at early '90s teen culture, high school, and valley girls (so, basically, doing exactly what ''Emma'' did, only in the 1990s instead of the 1810s). Introduced a fresh wave of California slang across the world.

Inspired a TV adaptation, with many of the same actors, that ran for three seasons, first on ABC and [[ChannelHop later]] on UPN, starting off with many of the same plot-lines as the movie but eventually going off into its own direction.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clueless_(film) The Other Wiki]] and at [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112697/combined IMDB]].

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!!! "Sex. Tropes. Popularity. Is there a problem here? Examples everywhere":
* AdaptationalSexuality: Christian, Frank Churchill's equivalent, is homosexual in this film.
* ''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra'': Cher's phone serves as TheMonolith while this plays in the background. Cher explains that boys calling when they say they would is extremely rare, so she is appropriately surprised and impressed when Christian does call the following day.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The Horowitzes.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: While most of the time Dionne and Murray are snapping at each other, Cher notes they really are affectionate with each other when they think no one's looking.
* BlackBestFriend: Dionne "Dee" Davenport.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Cher, Dee and Tai, respectively, with Dee as the TokenMinority type. Amber replaces Tai in the show.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Cher Horowitz is a good example of the smarter (if still shallow and naive) version and is also unusual in being the actual protagonist. She's also sweeter and more considerate than the usual example in several ways, in that she's constantly fretting about her father's stress levels and need to have a proper breakfast, and reaches out to make friends with the awkward and unfashionable newcomer to the school (for pretty shallow reasons at the time, but still).
* BreakUpBonfire
* CatchPhrase: "As if!"
* CulturedBadass: Christian, a Rat Pack lover, knowledgeable about the arts, and has a taste for Billie Holiday and vintage films... but you do anything so stupid that could threaten someone else's safety, he won't be afraid to confront you with the threat of a physical throw-down.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Tai takes a handful of spills throughout the story.
* DeadpanSnarker: Josh. Cher also has her moments, especially when she's interacting with him.
* TheDitz: Tai Fraiser's amiable airhead. To a lesser extent Cher herself -- she is not actually unintelligent as such, but she certainly isn't a deep thinker or especially perceptive. Cher has a sharp mind (unlike Tai); she just doesn't really use it all time.
** She's not exactly up on her geography either, as this exchange while she and Josh are watching a news report about war in UsefulNotes/{{Bosnia}} demonstrates.
-->'''Josh''': "You look confused."
-->'''Cher''': "It's just that, I thought they declared peace in UsefulNotes/TheMiddleEast."
* DrivingTest: Failed, ''spectacularly.''
* FashionHurts: Cher implies that her party clothes are so binding that they make it hard to relax.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Emma'' by Jane Austen.
* FlirtyStepsiblings: Cher and Josh.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Cher's feather boa on the movie cover, and an outfit in the movie that her cell phone clashes with.
* FourthDateMarriage: Subverted. The scene where Cher and Josh admit their feelings for each other and kiss is immediately followed by a wedding scene... at which point, Cher's voice-over points out how gross it is for everyone to assume that it's ''her'' getting married, seeing as she's only sixteen and has only been going out with Josh for a few months by that point. The wedding is actually for the teachers she set up earlier in the movie.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Cher's report card. The comment from her (male) geometry teacher is "Nice shapes".
* GeekyTurnOn: Tai and Travis bond over [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Marvin the Martian]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Amber:''' I'm not supposed to indulge in any activity where balls fly at my nose.
-->'''Dionne:''' There goes your social life..
* GoodBadGirl: Most everyone, but especially Cher. The primary theme of the movie comes down to it being possible to be vapid, shallow and even a little naughty (Cher is shown drinking and smoking a little at a party) while still having a good heart with good intentions.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: When Murray is telling Cher Christian is gay.
--> '''Murray:''' Your man Christian is a cake boy! He's a disco-dancing, Creator/OscarWilde-reading, [[Music/BarbraStreisand Streisand]]-ticket-holding friend of Dorothy, know what I'm saying?
* HypocriticalHumor: Lucy gets mad when Cher [[InnocentlyInsensitive mistakes her for a Mexican]] (she's from El Salvador). After she storms out of the room, Cher comments to Josh that she doesn't see what the big deal is, and Josh says, "You get upset if anyone thinks you live below Sunset."
* ItsFakeFurItsFine: "It's faux!"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mel Horowitz is a feared litigation attorney who terrifies everyone around him with his blunt manner, but he clearly loves Cher and is a devoted father to her and Josh (see ParentalAbandonment below).
* JewishAmericanPrincess: Cher is a subversion of this.
* LoveEpiphany
* TheMakeover: Two: one for Tai, and one for Cher after she tries to smarten up.
* MissingMom: Cher's mother died during a freak complication in a routine liposuction. Granted, Cher doesn't really remember her that much, although she does pretend she's watching over her and greets the large picture of her at the front door. Josh also teases her about this being her motive for wanting to make over Tai and treat her like one of her dolls. There is one surprisingly touching scene where, when she's insecure that she isn't a good person, her father tells her he hasn't seen such good-doing since her mother, which seems to greatly comfort her.
* TheMonolith
* MoodWhiplash: At one point, the narration of Cher's rather glum introspection on her feelings for Josh and how everything seems to be going wrong for her is very suddenly interrupted [[RetailTherapy when she notices some very nice shoes in a store window]].
* TheNineties: An odd but valid example -- the whole movie seems really dated looking back, but at the time it was made, nobody dressed or talked like the characters in ''Clueless''. The movie influenced the 90s, not the other way around.
** It should be noted that some of the clothing, specifically the looks sported by the teen guys, is still relevant and prevalent as of TheNewTens.
* NotBloodSiblings: Step-siblings in this case -- or to be more specific, ''ex''-step-siblings.
* ObliviousToLove - Cher is adamant about setting Tai up with Elton, despite the fact that Elton clearly has a thing for her instead. If not just how he looks at her, how about how he's always grabbing her from behind & kissing her cheeks whenever he gets the chance. ''Hello''!
** Played with, however, in that it's not so much 'love' that Cher is oblivious to but 'lust' -- it's ultimately made pretty clear that Elton doesn't really want much more than to get into Cher's pants.
* OverprotectiveDad
--> '''Mel Horowitz:''' Anything happens to my daughter, I have a .45 and a shovel. I doubt anyone would miss you.
* ParentalAbandonment: Subverted with Josh, however; despite being divorced from his mother and having no blood relation, Mel makes a point of being a devoted father to him.
--->'''Mel Horowitz:''' You divorce wives, not children.
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: When Tai expresses a crush on Josh and seeing Cher's disapproval of it she eventually snaps and says "Why should I take advice from you? You're a virgin who can't drive." It's downplayed because Cher was obviously hurt and Tai immediately regrets saying that and they reconcile a few scenes later.
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Miss Geist, who wants to inspire her students to save the environment and aid disaster victims. She's portrayed as dorky but likeable.
* ProductPlacement: "Ooh, ''Snickers''..."
** Also there are a few brands mentioned in the movie,such as Calvin Klein and Fred Segal,and the outfit Cher buys during her walk in Rodeo Drive is from Christian Dior,as seen later on her shopping bag.
* {{Reconstruction}}: It's difficult to imagine now but the whole Teen Movie genre was moribund in the early 90's; ''Clueless'' was the first commercial and critical success in many years, perhaps because it was such an exuberant return to the optimism of the 80's genre films.
* RetailTherapy: Whenever Cher's feeling down she goes shopping.
* SettingUpdate: Of ''Literature/{{Emma}}''. Most of the plot stays the same, except it gets rid of some of the ValuesDissonance of the Creator/JaneAusten novel, such as the marriage focus (having the Frank Churchill stand-in, Christian, turn out to be gay rather than secretly engaged, for example) and the class issues. Cher lampshades the former difference when her [[spoiler: TheyDo moment and kiss-fest with Josh]] flips straight to a wedding where she says "Ew, no, I'm only 16! As if!" and reveals it to be Miss Geist and Mr Hall's wedding.
* ShesGotLegs: At one point Christian complements Cher on her "nice stems" after he ([[MaleGaze and the camera]]) get a nice look at them.
* SpoiledSweet: Cher, definitely. Despite being rich, she is genuinely sweet to people and usually motivated by good feelings.
* StatusCellPhone: The main characters all having mobile phones despite being in high school was intended as a joke about how spoilt and well-off they were. Modern viewers tend not to understand why a high school student with a mobile phone is supposed to be funny.
* SternTeacher: Mr Hall is the only teacher Cher can't sweet-talk or 'negotiate' her grades with, and is a bit long-suffering with the eccentricities and antics of his students, but is a fairly reasonable fellow otherwise (not least since Cher probably didn't entirely ''deserve'' getting her grades adjusted). He certainly lightens up considerably after being (unwittingly) set up with Miss Geist.
* TheStoner: Travis.
* StraightGay: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Christian does indeed have some CampGay tendencies but Cher is too na´ve to realise. Her father doesn't appear to notice either, thinking him instead a [[Music/FrankSinatra Sinatra]]-[[TheDandy wannabe]]. Must be a California thing. Murray's {{Gaydar}} is very sharp though.
* TechnicalVirgin: Dionne claims to be this and that she satisfies Murray in other ways. [[spoiler: This changes after the freeway incident, although that was waved away for the series.]]
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Modern viewers might miss the fact that Cher and her friends all having cell phones is meant to be a ''joke'' -- a sign of how rich and spoiled these teenagers are. Nowadays, when every teen has at least one cell phone, the only thing that seems odd is how clunky the ones in the movie look.
* ThemeNaming: Cher and her friend Dionne share first names with '70s singers, apparently so the leading male character could be called Elton, like his counterpart in ''Emma''.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: This movie ''screams'' mid-nineties. Fortunately, thanks to good writing and genuinely funny humor, the movie is still worth watching even today.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Given the type of characters that star...
* ValleyGirl: Several main characters are Valley Girls. This film cemented the trope in popular culture.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Not the first Western example, but probably the first one to make most Westerners sit up and take notice.

!!! "As if!":
* AffectionateParody: The episodes "Scream Murray Scream! (Part 1)" and "Scream Again Murray, Scream Again (Part 2)" are this, of the 1996 film ''Franchise/{{Scream}}''.
* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: The band Luscious Jackson, on "Sharing Cher"
* AscendedExtra: The actor who played Sean had a very small role in the film, but was elevated to main cast for the show.
* ChannelHop: From Creator/{{ABC}} to Creator/{{UPN}} after the first season.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Though at first nearly every character from the movie appeared on the TV series, this was gradually whittled down to just the [[FiveManBand core five]] of later seasons.
* {{Crossover}}: With ''Series/{{Moesha}}''. Shar Jackson and Lamont Bentley appeared on "Prom Misses, Prom Misses" (Season 3, Episode 20) as their respective characters, Niecy Jackson and Hakeem Campbell.
* {{Disneyfication}}: Even though Dionne and Murray had sex in the movie, they do not hook-up until the last episode of the show.
** LastMinuteHookup: See above
* FunWithAcronyms: Episode 8 of Season 3 was titled "Never [[AnimalWrongsGroup P.E.T.A.]] Squirrel".
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Cher, although this is [[ReVision revised]] later on.
* InformedJudaism: Cher and her dad, mentioned only when the plot demands it.
* MissConception
* MythologyGag[=/=]BrickJoke: In an early Cher voiceover in the movie, she says that she and Dionne were "both [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named for famous singers]] who now do infomercials." The first season episode "I Got You Babe" is, of course, named for a famous [[Music/SonnyBono Sonny]] and Music/{{Cher}} song, and brings it all full circle, since the plot centers around Cher falling for a college student named...Sonny.
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Heroine]]: Several episodes involve Cher attempting to make people's lives better in some way and failing, or, as in "Secrets and Lies," the first SeasonFinale, tells someone an unpleasant fact that creates trouble.
* TheOtherDarrin: About half the characters from the movie, most notably Cher herself, but also the rest of the Horowitz family. In fact, Mel Horowitz is subject to this ''again'' after the show's first season, meaning that three actors played him in the span of four years.
** ProgressivelyPrettier: The [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000445/ original]] Mel Horowitz was portrayed as balding, pudgy & tough. The [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0503627/ second]] was noticeably softer and had regained a full head of hair, while [[http://i54.tinypic.com/9qgpj4.jpg third one]] that's presented [[BadassDecay is even more relaxed, reasonable & mellow]], noticeably taller as well as having, shall we say [[MrFanservice a different appeal]]. This was [[Main/LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the voiceover in the first episode of season 2: "Thanks to a summer of my encouragement, calorie counting and booby-trapping the refrigerator my totally prominent attorney daddy ... looks like a brand-new man."
* RecycledTheSeries (obviously)
* RemakeCameo: Brittany Murphy (Tai in the movie) plays Jasmine on the Season 1 episode "Driving Me Crazy."
* {{Retcon}}: In the movie, Cher says, "I hate muscles." On an episode about a boys' swim meet, she says, "Ab alert."
* ShoutOutToShakespeare[=/=]WholePlotReference: "''[[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Cher]]''"
* TeenPregnancy: "PG Seventeen"
* TwoTeacherSchool - Mr Hall & Ms. Geist as well as Coach Stouger.
* VerySpecialEpisode: This became {{egregious}} in later seasons.
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