For some weird reason I randomly decided that I wanted to watch Clueless. I’ve seen it before, obviously. What 90s kid hasn’t? I’m not sure if I’ve ever watched it in its entirety before but I remembered most of it. I don’t usually watch older movies, not because the new ones are any better but sometimes I struggle to keep up. You could say that I pay attention sporadically. Yes, I’m one of those viewers who likes shiny, loud, bright, explosion-heavy movies. My attention span refuses to cooperate with me. Still, I used to be a huge movie buff in the day and I enjoyed movies like Clueless, She’s All That, Boys And Girls, hell, anything with Freddie Prinze Jr. Even the Scooby-Doo movies, but that’s a given. Scooby-Doo was an important part of my childhood! Shout out to the bad guys who would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling kids.
Anyway, I was expecting to cringe my way through Clueless, but actually it holds up pretty well. Cher Horowitz is still as blonde and ditzy as ever, but you can’t help but like her. Brittany Murphy is still adorable as Tai, Paul Rudd is still the cute guy in college (what happens to his girlfriend? Was she dumped for not knowing the correct Hamlet character?). Even Breckin Meyer as the resident, annoying stoner isn’t all that annoying. And I’ve just finished watching Franklin & Bash so I was amused by him mostly. The classic lines such as ‘that’s an unequivocal sex invite’ are still classic, Jeremy Sisto still has a voice that I’d recognize anywhere. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
All in all it’s still a relevant coming of age movie. It’s actually kind of sad when I think about what coming of age movies today’s kids will have. I can’t really think of many that have hit the screens since High School Musical, which always veered on the wrong side of cheesy as much as I enjoyed them, lol. That nothing springs to mind could be because I’m no longer a target for those films but I doubt it.
The most popular young adult themed movies today are based on vampires and dystopian settings that are just depressing in various different ways. Which is fine, but there’s something about 90s movies that gives them a timeless quality. I can’t say the same for more recent offerings, which is why the next movie on my list is 10 Things I Hate About You. I miss Julia Stiles. She was my favourite perpetually miserable character actor. What happened to her after Dexter?