The Untold Truth Of Clueless

When Clueless debuted in theaters in 1995,
the filmmakers and cast were probably, well, clueless about just how much of a classic
the teen dramedy would instantly become. The quirky coming-of-age tale of an upper
crust debutante and her pals was a trendsetter in fashion, lingo, and attitudes alike. And it holds up as a fun piece of ’90s iconography
that reminds audiences of a simpler, albeit snappier, time. “I thought it reeked.” “I believe that was your designer imposter
perfume.” But no matter how many times you’ve seen Clueless
in the two decades since it dropped, there are some things that even Cher Horowitz’s
most faithful fans might not know. Here’s a look at the untold truth of Clueless. Literary inspirations Writer-director Amy Heckerling has long maintained
that Clueless is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Fascinated with the social mores depicted
in the novel, Heckerling pulled Austen’s cast of characters and basic plotlines and dropped
them into the contemporary setting of Beverly Hills High School, circa 1995. Cher’s well-intentioned but misguided attempts
at matchmaking closely parallel Emma’s journey into young adulthood. Clueless reminds us that learning to navigate
the world of gossip, social hierarchy, courtship are timeless rights of passage. What people might not know is that her inspiration
didn’t come from just one source. Heckerling also drew from the comic novel
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos when it came to shaping the characters in Clueless. As she told Jen Chaney, author of As If!:
The Oral History of Clueless, “I remember reading Emma and Gentlemen Prefer
Blondes. Those characters: what I gravitated to was
how positive they could be.” Small screen start While the movie eventually did have a television
spin-off, Clueless was originally conceived as a TV show. In the early ’90s, Amy Heckerling — who
was best known for directing the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High — began development
on another project that also centered around Southern California teens. Originally called No Worries, the concept
soon moved from television to feature film and was eventually renamed Clueless. Could you imagine Clueless as anything other
than the one hour, forty-five minute-long movie perfection that it was? “Ugh, AS IF!” Moniker mistake Eagle-eyed Clueless fans have noticed a pretty
major flaw in the movie when it comes to the matter of Cher’s name. While she answers to Cher Horowitz in class,
her report card reads Cher Hamilton, and her father receives a letter addressed to Melvin
Hamilton instead of Mel Horowitz. So what’s with the name change? There’s speculation that the goof is a shout
out to Heckerling’s directorial film debut, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The classic teen comedy stars Jennifer Jason
Leigh as Stacy. Her last name? Hamilton. The ick factor Studio bigwigs were reportedly worried that
the budding step-brother/step-sister romance in Clueless would be a tad too icky for audiences
to stomach. “I had an overwhelming sense of ickiness.” But Heckerling insisted how the lead characters
should connect. The step-sib love story actually made perfect
sense to Heckerling — because it happened in real life for her grandparents, who met
when they were teenagers. “And suddenly. Oh my God. I love Josh!” Costuming win You can’t talk about Clueless without talking
about the fashion. The well-planned-out costumes were the brainchild
of costume designer Mona May, who counts Clueless as her first feature film. May pulled together looks for each character
based on their personalities. For Cher, each outfit was specifically chosen
to highlight her character’s growth throughout the movie. Meanwhile Dionne rocked sassier designs like
leopard prints and bold colors, which reflected her ascension into sexuality and womanhood. So, there was a lot of thought that went into
making the Cherwear so darn cute and fashionable. “Thank you very much.” But not everyone was a fan of the fashion
focus of the film. In fact, Alicia Silverstone herself confessed
that she thought being fitted for so many outfits was annoying and pointless. Silverstone told xoJane that she “had to endure
something like 67 outfit changes” as she transforms from self-absorbed teen to a slightly more
self-aware young adult. It really was all about the fashion, even
down to the backdrop. According to production design, the scenery
was purposely kept drab and muted to ensure the clothes popped. Designer redux A lot of designers earned some shoutouts through
Clueless … “Oh no. You don’t understand. This is an Alaiah!” “An a-what-uh?” “It’s like a totally important designer.” And at least one designer took advantage of
being name-dropped by the flick. The little white mini Cher wears on her first
date with Christian was, she explained, a dress by Calvin Klein that prompted a classic
father-daughter debate over what constitutes wearing actual clothing — as opposed to
parading around in your underwear. As a result of the movie mention and its continued
popularity even years later, the fashion house ultimately reissued the dress in 2010. Cast sliding doors Hard as it is to imagine anyone else playing
Cher, tons of soon-to-be famous stars also auditioned for the part. In fact, future vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle
Gellar almost landed the role, while Reese Witherspoon, Keri Russell and Tiffani Thiessen
and were all in contention to play the fashion-obsessed Beverly Hills teen. Ultimately, it was Alicia Silverstone’s appearance
in the Aerosmith video for “Cryin'” that won over the film’s writer-director. Heckerling would later explained, “That was the first video she was in. And I just fell in love with her.” The part of Cher wasn’t the only one that
was competitive for castmates. Travis Birkenstock, the lovable stoner who
skates away with Tai’s heart was almost played by Seth Green before it was ultimately given
to Breckin Meyer. Luckily, the two were close pals and didn’t
let the competition interfere with their friendship afterward. Meanwhile Dionne’s white floral crocheted
beanie was almost filled by former Fugees member, Lauryn Hill, and none other than legendary
comedian Dave Chappelle was considered for the part of Murray — before Donald Faison
nabbed the job. Chapelle impressed Heckerling, but was a bit
too jaded to pull off naive high school goofball. She told The Hollywood Reporter, “He was just
amazing — he was such a mensch [but] I needed somebody who was really innocent, a goofy
kid.” Rolling with the homies Even two decades after its initial release,
it seems like we still can’t get enough of Clueless — there’s even a musical that’s
been in the works since 2012. According to Heckerling, Clueless the Musical
will use classic songs from the ’90s to tell the story and reaffirm, once again, its forever
status as a staple of its generation. We can probably already predict one song that’ll
make the playlist … “Rolling with the homies.” “Rolling with the homies!” Thanks for watching! Click The List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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  • Who is your favorite character in Clueless?

  • clueless and mean girls are okay but come on you can't put those in the same category as Breakfast Club.

  • I remember reading a magazine article about clueless some time ago. Alicia was eighteen when she was cast as cher and Travis was a friend and classmate. when they were looking for someone to play Travis she mentioned him. I remember that this movie made pastel nail Polish really popular. especially pastel blue. hard candy was very popular at the time and clueless helped it be more popular. Alicia wore the pastel blue on a episode of the tonight show was asked the color and where she got it.

  • I am ready for the musical, bring it

  • Lottie tomlinson reminds me of Cher for some reason

  • 1980s: Heathers
    1990s: Clueless
    2000s: Mean Girls


  • Ther lesbians tbhhhhh

  • I grew up on the tv series and love the tv series but the movie is ok

  • Stacey Dash should have more roles. She's a good actresses.

  • CLUELESS THE MUSICAL !?!? Yessssss

  • "What Everrrr"

  • Tai was the DUFF.

  • my generation

  • I was born in the year 2000 and I still remember watching no worries / clueless & I was obsessed with the movie ! I still am. I'm an aspiring designer / stylist and I was inspired by clueless

  • I love her smile

  • Alicia Silverstone is so talented ? BEST movie of all times

  • They treated Brittany like shit for her brown hair and weight witch sucks

  • Stacy dash was 28 playing a 17 year old! Wow . BLACK DONT CRACK

  • The other name they had for the movie was 'I Was a Teenage Teenager". Yeah, pretty happy they went with Clueless.

  • "Ugh as if"

  • I'm here because of Episode. (It's a game that features a lot of stories, and they made a game about Clueless) ?

  • She was in the Aerosmith video for Crazy not "crying"

  • Anybody who watched Clueless and didn't realise that it was a rehash of Jane Austen's 'Emma' is an uneducated moron

  • Dionne is so pretty

  • I would love to gave seen Dave Chappell in clueless.

  • i actually just got a pop figure cher for christmas (& eleven from stranger things) and they go with me everywhere lol

  • Would be adorable if they did a sequel with all the cast they were going to use originally such as Sarah Michelle Gellar as Cher, Seth Green (Aww Buffy reunion!) and Lauryn Hill – that would be epic x

  • The step sibling thing wasssssss kinda weird

  • R.I.p Brittany Murphy

  • I love you Brittany!!! RIP!!!

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  • I was so mad the clothes were custom made. I would look for them so hard. ? I did find the feathered collar and sleeve shirt, at the Betsy Johnson store. It was $108?

  • Love love. This. Forever a. Classic

  • YOU LEFT OUT SOMETHING IMPORTANT. Emma with Gwenth Paltrow was just released and a big hit , (10th version most likely) So girls already had fallen in love with the story and this version would of been more relatable.

  • omfg buffy would’ve been like a SUPER CLOSE SECOND. if this was the musical sarah would’ve been the definite understudies. also, this would be a great musical. the guy who played the rolling with the homies guy was also he bad husband in waitress, and now waitress is a musical!

  • Why does cher look like blair from gossip girl to me.. ?

  • So basically Buffy and Oz were supposed to be main characters. Imagine that! Also, Elton is in the movie Wrong Turn with Eliza Dushku, who plays Faith in Buffy. Connections everywhere!

  • ***SPOILERS***I never understood "Clueless" bc in the ending , doesn't she and her step-brother fall in love….?!

  • No mention of “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea? The entire music video is “Clueless” themed.

  • I miss Brittany Murphy so much. I thought she was a talented actress and amazing singer. Sorely missed but not forgotten.

  • Honestly I feel like Alicia and Stacy were so great in this movie because they are clueless in real life. They honestly didn't have to act that hard to be ditsy… I'm basing that on every acting role since this movie.

  • I miss CONTEMPO!!!

  • Did you know the actress who was Cher played Susan heffley in the diary of a wimpy kid

  • U

  • RIP Brit Murphy

  • they never mention Brittany 🙁

  • this movie came out the year i was born and was a staple of my childhood

    my older sister loved it, i loved it (even when i didn't get), and i continue to love it more and more, especially after discovering it was an emma adaptation after getting super into classic literature in my early tweens

    i just
    i love this movie

  • Dionne could be the darker twin of Megan Markel

  • Yep. Rollin with the homies

  • Great, now Hamilton is playing in my head again…

  • At first I was like why is she reading so weird?
    Bella:and this is the story of when I found out I had dyslexia
    Me:oh yeah

  • Wills mith should be murray

  • You forgot one thing, in the scene where Cher is talking about her dad's party she says Hatians wrong she didn't know how to say it so she said it they way she did in the movie…the director quieted the crew and told them to go with it because she liked the ditziness of cher's character. Alicia Silverstone is not that way at all. Also RIP Brittnay Murphy.

  • at 2:02 , Geom. teacher's comments.

  • I thought ty looked like cat valentine from victorious.

  • How disrespectful to not mention Brittany Murphy. RIP

  • I miss Alicia Silverstone

  • Tai is a good singer

  • Cher and Dion friendship combination is incomparable

  • Clueless forevaaaaa


  • 1980s-Heathers
    2000s-Mean girls
    2010s-High School Musical

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  • "Stepsister" popular search on Pornhub. Ya, know what I'm talking about 2:35

  • My favorite movie and I was born 10 years after

  • Aw, I was four when this came out. My favourite outfit of Cher's is the black beret with the red plaid jacket thingy 3:04

  • The 90s and the 2000s were so simple and fun… I kind of miss it…

    Hints: I'm a 2000s kid who also grew up in the 2010s… (yes that is possible)

  • 1980-Heathers
    2000-Mean Girls
    2010-Scream Queens (The Chanels/ Gossip Girl

  • I LOVE the style but I could never pull it off lol ?

  • R.I.P Brittany Murphy

  • As a Jane Austen fanatic, I was not only shocked but thrilled that this masterpiece of a film was based on my favorite Austen novel. Cher being Emma, Josh being Mr. Knightley, Christian being Mr. Churchill,(though he’s straight in the book) Elton being Mr. Elton, Tai being Ms. Smith and Travis being Mr. Martin. It was absolutely perfect. Adding Dion and Murray to the mix felt effortlessly 90s. I applaud the films writers for the undoubtable similarities between the two creations. It’s definitely my favorite film adjacent to my favorite book.

  • I love the fashion and it has a nice story line, majority of the cast were hot asf especially cher and her best friend Dion i think? but I don’t see the big deal… it was really simple nothing much to it.

  • I knew that clueless looked like Jane Austen's Emma.

  • The Tv show clueless didn't last that long on tv. Like other movies that tried their way to tv that didn't last long on tv. Like to Ten things I hate about you, A league of their own.

  • Anyone else read the tittle as ‘The truth untold’??? Nobody? Okay

  • Why the hell does the narrator whistles when she talks?

  • She hooks up with her brother. Do people forget this??

  • Reece Witherspoon would have been perfect

  • I live in Beverly Hills and love Clueless. I just walked around and did a tour of the movie sites.

  • Ok you can hate on me all you want but Clueless the TV Show was WAY better than the movie and Rachel Blanchard as Cher blows Alicia’s version right out of the water!! Who’s with me?!

  • the irony is that most of us did not look like that, talk like that, or act like that in the 90s–yet it still came to represent our time.

  • Reese Witherspoon didn’t get the role as Cher but she did get to play, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde! I haven’t seen Legally Blonde in awhile but Elle and Cher are sort of similar I guess? And they both have cool outfits too!!

  • I totally enjoyed Clueless and Mean girls…but Clueless is my fave

  • 1995=clueless most iconic film of 90s
    2000s=mean girls most iconic film of 2000s

    Both my fav films of all time?
    AS IF!!

  • How did y'all compile all these facts but then miss the one where Alicia's name is actually pronounced "uh-LEE-see-uh" and not "uh-LEE-shuh?" lol Still a great vid though. ???

  • Brittany Murphy, I miss you. 🙁

  • Iconic movies

    Mean Girls
    Scary Movie
    Mean Girls
    Breakfast Club
    Legally Blonde
    Pretty In Pink

  • Some of these scenes weren’t in the film I swear

  • incest

  • Everyone is talking about Mean Girls, Clueless and Heathers… and I love those movies. But, why does people don’t give recognition to 10tihay? It is SUCH a good movie!

  • It's sad that Stacy Dashe is ready clueless.

  • 70s – Carrie

    80s – Heathers

    90s – Clueless

    00s – Mean girls

    10s – Scream queens

  • Anyone who doesn’t love Alicia Silverstone / Cher Horowitz and everything that she stands for is a dirty pinko commie.

  • – clueless
    – the breakfast club
    – dazed and confused
    – heathers

  • Really interesting!

  • Im sad that i was a bit too young to explore the fashion during this time period. I didn't even see the movie until 1998 or so.

  • no one could do cher better tbh

  • Piggy characters made me think of what to do. Didn't have to thank them

  • Her name is Alicia NOT Alesha!

  • I love the yellow elfet with the fuzzy sleeves n the jean jacket elfet the best for the clueless closet cher wore in the movie ?clueless way better than mean girls will ever be rated ❤then suddendly oh my god i love josh ?dion was my favorite actress in the movie ….

    Says who calvin klien ….

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