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* ArtsyBeret: Josh briefly has a pretentious college girlfriend, who talks condescendingly about philosophy and wears a beret. She's not quite as intellectual as she thinks she is, as she mangles a Shakespeare quote that Cher knows correctly.


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* TeensLoveShopping: Cher, Dionne, and all their friends from school's favorite hobby and way to relax is shopping and hanging out at the mall.

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* ParentalFashionVeto: Cher is about to head to a party (on a date with Christian) when Josh asks her dad if he's going to let her go out in what she's wearing, a white mini-dress. Cher's father asks her if that's what they're calling dresses these days, tells her it looks more like underwear, and makes her put something on on top.


* ShoutOut: The setting of Cher's LoveEpiphany (with the fountain suddenly coming to life) is one to ''Film/{{Gigi}}''; this is actually {{Lampshaded}} in the novelisation, where Cher talks about the setting being just like this movie she watched the other week with Christian,[[FiveSecondForeshadowing where a guy suddenly realizes he's in love with a girl he's known for years.]]

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* ShoutOut: The setting of Cher's LoveEpiphany (with the fountain suddenly coming to life) is one to ''Film/{{Gigi}}''; this is actually {{Lampshaded}} in the novelisation, where Cher talks about the setting being just like this movie she watched the other week with Christian,[[FiveSecondForeshadowing where a guy suddenly realizes he's in love with a girl he's known for years.]] It even has the ''theme from Gigi' playing in the background of this scene.

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* MeaningfulName: [[TheStoner Travis']] last name is 'Birkenstock'; birkenstock is also a brand of shoe that, when introduced in the US, first became popular among hippies and general counter-culture types, who tended to also smoke a lot of weed.


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* ShoutOut: The setting of Cher's LoveEpiphany (with the fountain suddenly coming to life) is one to ''Film/{{Gigi}}''; this is actually {{Lampshaded}} in the novelisation, where Cher talks about the setting being just like this movie she watched the other week with Christian,[[FiveSecondForeshadowing where a guy suddenly realizes he's in love with a girl he's known for years.]]

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* WeddingBellsForSomeoneElse: After Cher and Josh get a RelationshipUpgrade, Cher's narration says that the viewer can probably guess what happened next. The scene then cuts to a wedding... it's not theirs though, it's the teachers' Cher was 'shipping at the beginning, and she berates the viewer for thinking the former.
-->'''Cher:''' As if! I'm only 16. This is California, not Kentucky.


''Clueless'' is a 1995 teen comedy of manners from Amy Heckerling, starring Alicia Silverstone, Creator/PaulRudd, Stacey Dash and Creator/BrittanyMurphy.

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''Clueless'' is a 1995 teen comedy of manners from Amy Heckerling, starring Alicia Silverstone, Creator/AliciaSilverstone, Creator/PaulRudd, Stacey Dash and Creator/BrittanyMurphy.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Cher gets called out on the more self-interested aspects of her 'altruism' at several points, most frequently by Josh. She gradually takes these criticisms on board and tries to improve herself, becoming genuinely altruistic in the process.


* ParentalAbandonment: Subverted with Josh; despite being divorced from his mother and having no blood relation, Mel makes a point of being a devoted father to him.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Subverted with Josh; despite being divorced from his mother and having no blood relation, Mel makes a point of being a devoted father father-figure to him.

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* HiddenDepths: Cher isn't quite TheDitz you might expect her to be on first glance. While she's definitely quite naive, shallow and has plenty of gaps in her knowledge base, she's also got a pretty shrewd mind, is quite effective at hatching schemes and manipulating people to achieve her desired outcomes, is quite skilled at debate and organising, and can be quite sharp at identifying and exploiting loopholes. She also can remember facts and knowledge when given a reason to care about them on her terms (for example, she remembers the Polonius quote from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' not out of particular reverence for Shakespeare, but because she likes Creator/MelGibson, who starred in a film adaptation of it). In short, perhaps thanks to her parentage, she's got the makings of a pretty good lawyer.

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* CliqueTour: Cher shows Tai the ropes of high school by showing her the cliques as they walk up to the school entrance. She points out the people who run the TV station, the "Persian mafia", and the popular boys before the conversation is derailed.


* AffectionateParody: The episodes "Scream Murray Scream! (Part 1)" and "Scream Again Murray, Scream Again (Part 2)" are this, of the 1996 film ''Franchise/{{Scream}}''.

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* AffectionateParody: The episodes "Scream Murray Scream! (Part 1)" and "Scream Again Murray, Scream Again (Part 2)" are this, of the 1996 film ''Franchise/{{Scream}}''.''Film/{{Scream|1996}}''.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: At the beginning, Cher helps give Tai a makeover and attempts to make her "fit in" as one of the new popular girls. This winds up backfiring on her later in the film when Tai's popularity at school skyrockets due to her "near-death experience" at the mall, leaving Cher less popular (if for a while depending).


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* VomitDiscretionShot: When Cher is having an inner monologue about people finding love, it cuts to a few teenage couples outside the Christmas party making out; one of whom is puking his guts up into the swimming pool while his girlfriend aids him.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Cher becomes jealous when Tai becomes the new popular girl at school and starts crushing on Josh.


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

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



* BouquetToss: At the end of the film, the girls have a minor catfight over Mrs Giets's bouquet. It helps that they made a bet on which one of them will get the bouquet.

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* BouquetToss: At the end of the film, the girls have a minor catfight over Mrs Giets's Ms. Geist's bouquet. It helps that they made a bet on which one of them will get the bouquet.



* 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.

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* 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.



* 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.

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* 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.



* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: When Murray is telling Cher Christian is gay.

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* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: When Murray is telling Cher that Christian is gay.



* 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.

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* 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, '90s, not the other way around.



-->'''Cher:''' You look like ''Film/ForrestGump''. ({{Beat}}) Who's Pippi Longstocking.

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-->'''Cher:''' You look like ''Film/ForrestGump''. ({{Beat}}) Who's Pippi Longstocking.Longstocking?



* {{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.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: It's difficult to imagine now but the whole Teen Movie genre was moribund in the early 90's; '90s; ''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 '80s genre films.



* ShesGotLegs: At one point Christian complements Cher on her "nice stems" after he ([[MaleGaze and the camera]]) get a nice look at them.

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* ShesGotLegs: At one point Christian complements compliments Cher on her "nice stems" after he ([[MaleGaze and the camera]]) get a nice look at them.



-->'''Heather:''' It's like Theatre/{{Hamlet}} said; "To thine own self be true."

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-->'''Heather:''' It's just like Theatre/{{Hamlet}} said; "To thine own self be true."

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