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1[[quoteright:300:]]께->''"Ugh! As if!"''께''Clueless'' is a 1995 teen comedy of manners from Amy Heckerling, starring Creator/AliciaSilverstone, Creator/PaulRudd, Stacey Dash and Creator/BrittanyMurphy.께Set 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.께Inspired a TV adaptation, with many of the same actors, that ran for three seasons, first on Creator/{{ABC}} and [[ChannelHop later]] on Creator/{{UPN}}, starting off with many of the same plot-lines as the movie but eventually going off into its own direction.께As of 2015, a JukeboxMusical adaptation is [[ rumoured to be in the works]]. A graphic novel sequel, titled ''Clueless: Senior Year'', was released in 2017, co-written by Creator/AmberBenson.께----!! "Sex. Tropes. Popularity. Is there a problem here?" - Tropes featured in the film include:* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Even though Heather's his girlfriend (at the time) and he's been engaged in SnarkToSnarkCombat with Cher up to this point in the movie, Josh laughs at Cher's line about how she remembers who said "To thine own self be true". (see ShoutOutToShakespeare below)* AdaptationalSexuality: Christian, Frank Churchill's equivalent, is homosexual in this film. * AdaptedOut: Due to Christian being gay, there is no Jane Fairfax equivalent.* {{Adorkable}}: Tai and Ms. Geist show the ditzy and the AbsentMindedProfessor versions of this. Travis also has shades of this. * AffairHair: Dionne finds an entire braided hair extension in Murray's car, and accuses him of infidelity. When Murray jokingly suggests it may have fallen off Dionne, she reacts angrily, yelling "I do ''not'' wear polyester hair!".* AllPeriodsArePMS:-->'''Cher:''' (''to Mr. Hall when he brings up a time she was tardy'') I was surfing the crimson wave. I had to haul ass to the ladies'.* AllWomenLoveShoes[=/=]DistractedByTheLuxury: Cher's self-pitying internal monologue is interrupted when she passes a window display of shoes and goes "Ooh! I wonder if they have that in my size?"* AlphaBitch: Both Cher and Amber subvert this. Cher is rich, beautiful, and one of the most popular girls in school, but she doesn't act like a typical alpha bitch (though she is dismissive of Travis in the beginning). Amber ''does'' act like an alpha bitch, [[DownplayedTrope but a milder one,]] and Cher is higher on the high school social pecking order. Also, while the two snipe at each other, they don't seem to hate each other or try to destroy each other's lives.* AmbiguouslyJewish: The Horowitzes.* AnswerCut: After Christian leaves Cher early, and she wonders why he didn't respond to her:-->'''Cher:''' What's wrong with me?-->'''Dionne:''' (''in the car the next day'') Nothing! Maybe he really was tired.* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Cher calls Josh for a ride home from a party because her driver abandoned her:-->"This guy with a gun held me up, took my money, and my phone and he yelled at me and he forced me to ruin my dress!"* 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.* 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.* BecomingTheMask: One of the big themes of the movie. While some of Cher's actions have the pretense of altruism, she does grow genuinely altruistic and becomes humbled by the experience, be it successful or a mishap. * BigFancyHouse: Cher's mansion. It's big enough to throw Mr. Hall and Ms. Geist's wedding.* BirdsOfAFeather: Tai and Travis. * BlackBestFriend: Dionne "Dee" Davenport, of the SassyBlackWoman variation. * BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Cher, Dee and Tai, respectively, with Dee as the TokenMinority type. Amber replaces Tai in the show.* BouquetToss: At the end of the film, the girls have a minor catfight over Ms. Geist's bouquet. It helps that they made a bet on which one of them will get the bouquet.* 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: While they weren't actually ''together'', Tai decides to burn the items she held on to that reminded her of Elton in Cher's fireplace. * CaptainObvious: Cher helpfully explaining how to attract a boy's attention, and the reasoning behind her methods:-->'''Cher:''' Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds boys of being naked, and then they think of sex. * CatchPhrase: "As if!"* 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.* CompletelyOffTopicReport: Cher summarizes Haiti/American relations for her class debate this way:-->So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, "What about the strain on our resources?" Well it's like when I had this garden party for my father's birthday, right? I put R.S.V.P. 'cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not R.S.V.P. I was like totally buggin'. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much.* 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. It's part of her {{Adorkable}} charm. * 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 [[GlobalIgnorance 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.''* EntitledBastard: Elton, who's ''a snob and a half''. * {{Expy}}: Several characters, as the film is basically a SettingUpdate of Jane Austen's "''Literature/{{Emma}}''".** Cher is Emma Woodhouse.** Josh is Mr. Knightley.** Cher's father is Mr. Woodhouse.** Tai is Harriet Smith.** Christian is Frank Churchill.** Travis is Mr. Martin.** Elton is Mr. Elton.** Amber is Mrs. Elton.* FashionHurts: Cher implies that her party clothes are so binding that they make it hard to relax.* TheFashionista: Mainly Dionne, but also Christian and of course, Cher herself. This is the woman that gave knee socks to TheNineties. * TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Emma'' by Jane Austen.* FlirtyStepsiblings: Cher and Josh. It helps that their parents are no longer married.* 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 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.* FourGirlEnsemble: Dionne (sexy and glamorous), Tai (ditzy and clueless), Amber (snarky and haughty) and Cher (conflicted protagonist). * FourTemperamentEnsemble: Cher (Sanguine), Dionne (Choleric), Christian (Melancholic) and Tai/Murray (Phlegmatic). * FreezeFrameBonus: Cher's report card. The comment from her (male) geometry teacher is "Nice shapes".* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Several. Most involving Elton. One has him [[ProudBeauty admiring his reflection]] in one of his CD's during one of Cher's inner monologues, another has him [[{{Squick}} flossing his teeth]] during Ms. Geist's lecture on the pismo beach disaster.* GeekyTurnOn: Tai and Travis bond over [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Marvin the Martian]].* GreenEyedMonster: Cher becomes jealous when Tai becomes the new popular girl at school and starts crushing on Josh.* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:-->'''Amber:''' I'm not supposed to indulge in any activity where balls fly at my nose.-->'''Dionne:''' There goes your social life...** Also:-->'''Cher:''' ''(explaining to Tai why she's still a virgin)'' You see how picky I am about shoes, and they only go on my feet.* 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). * GlobalIgnorance: Cher thinks Bosnia is a Middle Eastern country.** She doesn't know where Kuwait is either. No wonder she mistakes her housekeeper as Mexican.-->'''Mel:''' ''(calling from his phone)'' Where are you?-->'''Cher:''' ''(lying, while at Travis's party)'' I'm just having a snack with my girlfriends.-->'''Mel:''' Where? in Kuwait?-->'''Cher:''' Is that in the Valley?* 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.* GossipEvolution: By the time news of Tai's incident gets back to Cher, it's turned into an attempted gang execution.* HeldGaze: One long held gaze happens between Cher and Josh towards the end which becomes TheBigDamnKiss with that as the lead-in. * 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.* HighSchoolAU: Of ''Emma''.* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: When Murray is telling Cher that Christian is gay.--> '''Murray:''' Your man Christian is a cake boy!\'''Cher & Dionne:''' A ''what?''\'''Murray:''' He's a disco-dancing, Creator/OscarWilde-reading, [[Music/BarbraStreisand Streisand]]-ticket-holding [[Film/TheWizardOfOz 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."* IncompatibleOrientation: Cher and Christian. * InsistentTerminology:-->'''Tai:''' Cher, you're a virgin?-->'''Cher:''' You say that like it's a bad thing.-->'''Dionne:''' Besides, the PC term is "hymenally challenged".-->'''Cher:''' It's not like I'm a prude or anything. I'm just...highly selective.* 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). Mr. Hall is a downplayed version of this trope. * JewishAmericanPrincess: Cher is a subversion of this.* KarmaHoudini: [[{{Narcissist}} Elton]] never really does get his comeuppance for [[spoiler: sexually assaulting Cher and then ditching her in a rundown neighborhood where ''she gets mugged at gunpoint'']].* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Downplayed with Heather, who misquotes Shakespeare ("To thine own self be true") only to be corrected by the thus-far ditzy Cher. The irony is that she was quoting "Hamlet" in order to back up her (rather vocal) opinion on a subject.* LoveEpiphany: "Oh my God, ''I'' love Josh!"* TheMakeover: Two: one for Tai, and one for Cher after she tries to smarten up.* TheMatchmaker: Cher, of course, with Dionne's assistance. In this case, it's to get better grades, but since Cher is genuinely happy for her teachers it doesn't veer into JerkWithAHeartOfJerk or {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch territory. She also seems to want Tai and Elton to be together due to wanting happiness for Tai, and not just as a "project".* 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.* 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: her phone, when she's waiting for Christian to call her back. * 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 nice clothes 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.* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Josh accuses Cher of doing this a couple of times, pointing out that while she might be doing good things for several people, she's also doing so in large part because she'll benefit from it in some way. This eventually provokes a bit of a crisis in conscience for Cher, who begins to wonder whether she actually is a good person. * 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. He also likes the idea of them as a power couple. * OperationJealousy: Cher starts sending herself gifts and love notes to make it appear to Christian that she's very sought after and desirable. This is a subversion since there really isn't anyone for Christian to get jealous of.* 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; despite being divorced from his mother and having no blood relation, Mel makes a point of being a devoted father-figure to him.-->'''Mel Horowitz:''' You divorce wives, not children.** Travis seems to be a case of emotional parental abandonment at least. * 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.* 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, 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.* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: When Cher and Josh are working on Mel's lawsuit.-->'''Josh:''' You look like ''Literature/PippiLongstocking''.-->'''Cher:''' You look like ''Film/ForrestGump''. ({{Beat}}) Who's Pippi Longstocking?-->'''Josh:''' Uh, someone Creator/MelGibson [[BrickJoke never played]].* 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 from her shopping bag.** Cher is also seen with a Starbucks cup in few scenes.** Diet Coke cans are seen multiple times during the film. * ProudBeauty: Cher. Also - Elton. * {{Reconstruction}}: It's difficult to imagine now but the whole Teen Movie genre was moribund in the early '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 '80s genre films.* RetailTherapy: Whenever Cher's feeling down, she goes shopping.* RipTailoring: While making Tai over, Cher does this to her shirt to [[BareYourMidriff bare her midriff]].* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Cher and Josh - she always pushes him to go out and have fun. * 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 [[AdaptationalSexuality 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 compliments Cher on her "nice stems" after he ([[MaleGaze and the camera]]) get a nice look at them.* ShipperOnDeck: Mr Horowitz picks up on Josh's (admittedly subtle) crush on Cher early on and, judging by his sly grin when Josh ditches work in order to "watch over Cher", he approves of it.* 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.* ShoutOutToShakespeare: When Josh and Heather (his then-girlfriend) are giving Cher a ride home and having a discussion:-->'''Heather:''' It's just like Theatre/{{Hamlet}} said; "To thine own self be true."-->'''Cher:''' Uh, Hamlet didn't say that.-->'''Heather:''' I think I remember Hamlet accurately.-->'''Cher:''' Well, I remember Creator/MelGibson accurately, and he didn't say that. That Polonius guy did.* SpoiledSweet: Cher, definitely. Despite being rich and popular, she is genuinely sweet to people and usually motivated by good feelings.* StandardSnippet: Cher's phone serves as TheMonolith while ''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra'' 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.* 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. Tai is depicted as a former stoner. * StraightGay: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Christian does indeed have some CampGay tendencies but Cher is too naïve 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, and Josh clues in at the dance when he realises Christian is flirt-dancing with the boys around him rather than with Cher.* 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.]]* TeensLoveShopping: Cher, Dionne, and all their friends from school's favorite hobby and way to relax is shopping and hanging out at the mall.* TookALevelInJerkass: Tai, post makeover. Cher's influence took a bit too strongly. Fortunately it doesn't stick.* 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''.* UnlimitedWardrobe: Given the type of characters that star...* ValleyGirl: Several main characters are Valley Girls.* 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. * 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.* 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.* YouNeedToGetLaid: "What he needs is a good healthy boinkfest!"* ZettaiRyouiki: All of the girls sport this look at various times in the film. Not the first Western example, but probably the first one to make most Westerners sit up and take notice.께----!! "In her world, she's an ordinary troper" - Tropes featured in the TV series include:* AffectionateParody: The episodes "Scream Murray Scream! (Part 1)" and "Scream Again Murray, Scream Again (Part 2)" are this, of the 1996 film ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}''.* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Amber's mom.* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: ** The band Luscious Jackson, on "Sharing Cher"** [=Salt-N-Pepa=], whose song "Shoop" appeared on the film's soundtrack, make a cameo in an episode.* AscendedExtra: The actor who played Sean had a very small role (as a different character) in the film, but was elevated to main cast for the show.* BrokeEpisode: Cher and her father went broke in season 2 finale, "Cashless", until "Back from Bakersfield" in season 3 when [[StatusQuoIsGod they're back being wealthy]].* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Though at first nearly every character from the movie appeared in some capacity on the TV series, this was gradually whittled down to just the [[FiveManBand core five]] of later seasons.* CompletelyOffTopicReport: On "City Beautification", the students are assigned to interpret the phrase "no man is an island". None of the students do it right (except Cher), as they instead tell about ''actual'' islands along with their experience vacationing there, how the phrase is actually a typo, and even how the phrase (and words in general) unfairly put the word "man" in it, instead of woman.* CorruptTheCutie: Cher and Dionne's [[TheMakeover makeover]] to Felice unintentionally causes a sweet, nerdy, studious, smart girl turning into a beautiful, school-skipping, flirty, (deliberately) stupid girl. * {{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.* DaddysGirl: Cher (just like in the movie) and Amber.* {{Disneyfication}}: Even though Dionne and Murray had sex in the movie, [[LastMinuteHookup they do not hook-up until the last episode of the show.]]* DotingParent: Amber's dad spoils her rotten, so rotten that he is willing to move his entire family to Cher's house when her family is broke and later move back to his family's old house when Cher regains her wealth, all because of Amber. His wife despises him for being one.* FallenPrincess: Cher (when she was broke), from a rich and popular Beverly Hills princess, to a GreasySpoon waitress, as described by Dionne below:--> '''Dionne:''' (voiceover) Were forced by economics, she must use the five saddest words of Beverly Hills princess can ever utter.\'''Cher:''' (working as a greasy spoon waitress in Bakersfield) Can i take your order?* FunWithAcronyms: Episode 8 of Season 3 was titled "Never [[AnimalWrongsGroup P.E.T.A.]] Squirrel".* HeterosexualLifePartners: Cher and Dionne. * HollywoodToneDeaf: Cher, although this is [[ReVision revised]] later on.* IdleRich: Every single student of the Bronson Alcott High. Too many of them seem to have some serious RichInDollarsPoorInSense tendecies as wall. * InformedJudaism: Cher and her dad, mentioned only when the plot demands it.* TheMakeover: Just like the movie, Cher and Dionne also give a makeover in the TV series to a nerdy TeenGenius, Felice, who tries to dumb herself down to get guys, because they want her to have both beauty and brain. It works, but sadly, it makes her a flirty DumbBlonde who focuses more on the boys than school. * MissConception* MockMillionaire: Sean in "Graduation" is revealed to be this by faking his address to be at Cher's house (with the help of Mel), despite actually living in South Central, which violates the law to attend public school in Beverly Hills. He did it to be able to attend a good public school, since he couldn't afford private school, due to his mom working only as a waitress at the restaurant where Mel usually eats.* MythologyGag: 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: 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.* OvercomplicatedMenuOrder: In the [[RecycledTheSeries TV show version]], Cher and Dee have a favorite restaurant to go to for lunch period, which has "the best" Chinese Chicken Salad - which they order without the chicken or dressing. They pay $12 for a bowl of lettuce.* ProgressivelyPrettier: The [[ original]] Mel Horowitz was portrayed as balding, pudgy & tough. The [[ second]] was noticeably softer and had regained a full head of hair, while [[ 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 {{lampshade|Hanging}}ed 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."* RemakeCameo: Brittany Murphy (Tai in the movie), Breckin Meyer (Travis) and Paul Rudd (Josh) all guest-starred on the series (respectively as Jasmine in "Driving Me Crazy," Harrison in "Do We With Bad Haircuts Not Feel?" and Sonny in "I Got You Babe").* {{Retcon}}: In the movie, Cher says, "I hate muscles." On an episode about a boys' swim meet, she says, "Ab alert."** Not necessarily. Cher's comment was in response to Dionne's dismissing of a waiter who was obviously very fit as "puny." Obviously Dionne like very big muscles, not like the lithe form of a swimmer. ** Dionne's house in the movie is shown as Amber's house in the TV series.* RichBitch: Amber. She's bitchy and snobby enough to make one guy she dated (who's from the Valley and would later (briefly) date Cher as well) hate ''everyone'' from Beverly Hills, thinking everyone from the area is just like her, causing a problem when Cher later tries to date him on her [[SlummingIt undercover mission to buy her father a gift with her own money.]]* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Bronson Alcott High is full of these. ** Cher's friends laugh when they find out Cher plans to get an after school job, they think she's joking. Dionne even calls her plan ''drastic''. * ScholarshipStudent: Sean, even though he attends a public school. See MockMillionaire.* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Amber on taking her SAT and getting into Harvard:-->'''Amber:''' I spoke to daddy and he told me not to worry about this pesky test, he'll just.. make a substantial donation to Harvard, so, don't be surprised if next year there's an "Amber Hall". * [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]][=/=]WholePlotReference: "''[[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Cher]]''"* TeenPregnancy: "PG Seventeen".* {{Tsundere}}: Dionne has some serious shades of this in her relationship with Murray. * TwoTeacherSchool: Mr. Hall & Ms. Geist as well as Coach Stouger.* ValleyGirl: Cher, Dionne and Amber.** Interestingly, in one episode, Cher had to [[SlummingIt act and dress as one]] to get an after-school job in the Valley in order to buy her father his birthday present with her own money, so people from her neighborhood and also her Beverly Hills-hating boss, who happened to be her crush, wouldn't find out. Also, according to Cher and Dionne, Valley girls are unfashionable and outdated when it comes to style.* VerySpecialEpisode: This became {{JustForFun/egregious}} in later seasons, especially since they went ''all out'', right down to the actors BreakingTheFourthWall in TheTag and discussing the Very Special Issue with the audience.----


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