Clueless is 25 years old today, and I have a hard time believing that for a couple of reasons. 1) That would mean I’m about 15 years older than I think I am and 2) the film still endures, is still relevant, and damned funny.
Paramount Canada is celebrating the date by a 25th Anniversary blu-ray release. While there are no new additions to the wealth of original DVD extras that are included, it’s a wonderful addition to the library, is suitable family viewing and is a film that everyone can probably get something out of.
When Clueless came out in ’95, I was hard at work in a video store, and this one was not only a popular rental, but insanely popular amongst the staff. It had a great soundtrack (like most of writer-director Amy Heckerling’s films) and had some incredibly quotable dialogue (like most of writer-director Amy Heckerling’s films), and as superficial as the film looks, all style and colour, there is a lot of substance there that resonated with countless viewers then, and still does today.
Alicia Silverstone plays Cher, an almost Jane Austen character, if Austen had been writing at the end of the 20th century, and not dead since the beginning of the 19th century. She’s good-hearted, naive, focused on match-making, doesn’t realise what is front of her, and just wants the best for everyone, all while navigating the upper echelons of her Beverly Hills high school.
She is surrounded by a top-notch cast including the ageless Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Wallace Shawn, Breckin Meyer, Donald Faison, Dan Hedaya, Jeremy Sisto, and the equally ageless Paul Rudd.
Cher over the course of the film grows to realise that there is more than just fashion and style, there’s life and happiness, not to mention goodness, if you foster it, and know where to look. It’s a positive film, that delivers a heightened-reality of high school, in a film that never talks down to its audience.
The extras included on the disc are all previously released but are still fun and informative, and very much in the vein of the film itself, there is a Clue or False trivia game that can be played, featurettes on the making of the film, its fashion, its language, the genesis of the film’s writing and how it was made, a 2005 look back, and the film’s trailers.
This is just a fun, joyous watch that doesn’t have any other agenda other than to entertain and maybe tell you to be nicer and more aware of what and who is around you, and the entire cast is wonderfully on point, turning in, for what some people was, a defining film of their generation. I watched so many of my staff embrace this movie, revel in and relate to it.
And honestly, it’s hard not to like it. Check out Clueless The 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray, available today from Paramount Pictures.