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  • Playing Against Type: Christina Applegate's first major attempt to show the world that she was more than just the Dumb Blonde she played on Married... with Children.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • Sue Ellen, as a high-schooler, has no idea how to operate the GAW fax-machine (an essential piece of office kit in 1991), but the irony is that arguably most modern high-schoolers in 2011 would also be pretty stumped at how to operate this now out-moded device.
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    • Their office was using Lotus. Also, Sue Ellen wrote her resume on a typewriter. At least the CD changer during the fashion show still looks semi-current, though.
    • When showing Sue Ellen her computer, Rose proudly points out the mouse as if it is state of the art. YMMV but this may be Truth in Television as most PC users in '91 were still using DOS-based systems. Windows 3.0, the first version of Windows to become really popular, came out in 1990, but Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize most big companies are slow to upgrade their workstations, home computers weren't as ubiquitous as they are today, and Apple wasn't "cool" yet. As such, the mouse probably was state of the art to them.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: This movie is painfully early 90s, caused mostly by it's focus on fashion. The catwalk show finale is particularly exemplary, and is a riot of gaudy neon and spandex.
    • The office uses a cashbox for expenses, and Rose mentions to Sue Ellen the she can cash checks since no one has time to go to the bank. Retail banking vastly changed in the 1990s, and cashboxes were quickly replaced with company credit cards, and ATM popularity was starting to explode right around the time the film came out, making it seem odd to viewers just a few years later that cashing a check had to be done during banking hours.
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  • Working Title: The film's working title was "The Real World", but the title was changed to avoid confusion with MTV's then-upcoming reality show of the same name.


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