'Clueless' was released 15 years ago today. I'm totally buggin'!

cluelessDon’t want to believe it? Me neither. But it’s true: Clueless turns 15 today. Let’s totally pause to reflect.

Truth be told, movies like Clueless always play with my feelings a little bit. I can never decide if I’m nostalgic/miss the time when losing your Cranberries CD was the worst thing that could happen or just embarrassed. So today, 15 years after we were exposed to a satirical look at teenage life in Beverly Hills, let’s come to terms with our feelings.

Embarrassed = Yes, I really took fashion cues from this movie seriously and wore white knee-high socks and plaid skirts with Mary Janes. Just once. I swear. Just me? Okay.

Nostalgic = Making a “W” with our fingers when I say “Whatever!” will never be as cool as it was in 1995.

Nostalgic = There was time when teenagers survived without texting…

Embarrassed = Beepers.

Embarrassed = Despite great advances in technology since 1995, I still have not found a program as cool as the one Cher had to organize the clothes in her closet. And I can’t/won’t let my dream go.

Embarrassed = I stopped saving myself for Luke Perry.

Nostalgic = Josh: “We might get Marky Mark to plant a celebrity tree.” Marky Mark. Bwah!

There are so many more! But I want you to try, PopWatchers. Does watching Clueless make you nostalgic or embarrassed that you gave into it all so willingly? Don’t leave me hanging.

I’m off to celebrate tonight with my Collector’s Edition DVD while consuming two bowls of Special K, three pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, five peanut butter M&M’s, and, like, three pieces of licorice. Wait, eew…


1995: A special year?

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  • Jennifer Kate

    Just because I can quote Cher’s entire speech about the Haitians, you think I might be embarrassed? As if!

    • KS

      I still use the insult “You’re a virgin who can’t drive.”

      • Meeeeeeeee

        I used it like…2 days ago.

  • atavanhalen

    groundbreaking movie = pop culture time capsule. great flick for the books…

    • NT

      I don’t feel embarassed loving this movie. Yeah, some of its nostalgia (I had the soundtrack, and copied Cher’s look), but I really think its also a legitimately good/well constructed movie. Its a clever, fun movie. And a wonderful time capsule for the time.

      • Mori

        Well, it helps to have brilliant source material. Amy Heckerling did an amazing job of updating Emma and creating her own classic. Nothing to feel embarrassed about!

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      • shan

        totally agree. I’ve been reading Emma and can’t stop thinking about Cher.

      • etm

        I heard the song “Tenderness” the other day, and it always reminds me of this movie. I remember going to see Clueless the summer I graduated 8th grade. I thought Paul Rudd was so handsome (and still do)!

  • Stefani

    I was only six when this came out, but I LOVED every second of watching Cher and Dee be the ditzily awesome teens they were!

    • z

      I was five when it came out and “Clueless” about what virginity meant, I asked my parents who said it was when someone had never been on a date.

      • etm

        @ Z,
        that is soooo cute!!

  • Jen

    Totally watched this today. Can’t help it, if its on I have to watch it.

    • c

      Same! I’ve seen it countless times. And quote along with the whole thing. And I’m not embarassed.

    • llevinso

      I watched this Sunday! I love this movie still. Not embarrassed at all :)

  • Carlos

    “Miss Stoeger, I would just like to say that physical education in this school is a disgrace. I mean, standing in line for forty minutes is hardly aerobically effective. I doubt I’ve worked off the calories in a stick of Carefree gum.” – Cher

  • Judith

    I was 29 when this movie came out but saw it in the theatre. I was just watching it the other day and still love it. Not embarrassed to say so!

  • Krista

    i was only five when this movie was released but I discovered it a few years ago. It’s probably the one movie that I can watch whenever it’s on tv without getting sick of it. it’s just weird watching it knowing that Brittany Murphy is gone.

  • Cory

    “You’re a virgin who can’t drive.” I think that’s all I need to say. Also: “Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for a meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.” I could go on all day.

    • Carlos

      “If it’s a concussion, you have to keep her conscious, okay? Ask her questions.” – Cher
      “What’s 7 times 7?” – Elton
      “Stuff she knows!” – Cher

    • NT

      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.

      • D

        Still makes more sense than our foreign policy

  • Generation Gossip

    I love this movie, it is one of my favorites!!! Though it is bittersweet without Brittany Murphy

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  • Dave

    I watch this movie sporadically.

    • Dede

      Awesome. Full-on Monet should have become part of the language. I was fifteen when I saw this in the theaters. I love all the small art direction stuff you miss the first time you see it, like how every scene with lots of extras in the background contains at least on girl with a recent nose job bandage.

    • Sari

      LOL=Great comment, great line, great movie!

    • Katja

      “Christian had a thing for Tony Curtis, so he brought over ‘Some Like It Hot’ and ‘Sporadicus’.”

  • Johnification

    I am embarrassed…to say that I only say this movie for the first time a couple days ago on HBO, and am, like, SO the age group that should’ve seen it when it was out! With the fresh perspective I have, though, I can honestly say the movie was still great and loved every second, nostalgia, embarrassment, and all.

    Btw, is it just me or did Paul Rudd, like, NOT AGE AT ALL since this movie?

    • DDB

      It is not just you. That man just does not grow old!

    • Claire

      I watched Clueless the other day on HBO too and said the exact same thing to my sister!

    • llevinso

      I know right? He looks exactly the same!

    • gogo

      Paul Rudd is the world’s sexiest man and the closest thing to GOD on earth. People magazine just hasn’t figured it out yet!

  • Cory

    One more thing: I learned the word “sporadic” from this movie when I was seven. Believe me, using it correctly when talking to adults that age is a sure-fire way to impress them, at least until they realized that I wasn’t exceptionally intelligent, but that my parents just let me watch inappropriately mature movies when I was young.

  • Lisa

    I just watched it the other day! It’s still awesome.

  • Amy

    My buns? They don’t feel nothin like steel.

  • Laura

    This movie is all kinds of awesome, and mostly just makes me feel nostalgic. The only aspect of this movie that makes me feel embarrassed was the fact that I totally bought that the Beverly Hills School “campus” that they walk around was an actual high school campus. Then I went to Occidental College, where they filmed the exterior “high school” scenes, and realized just how silly I was to believe that any high school in America would have several huge, college-type academic buildings on its campus. The funniest part is that they even used a different part of the Oxy campus to represent Josh’s girlfriend’s dorm, and yet another part for the photoshoot scene in front of the fountain, and yet another part for the brief art museum scene. Man, Oxy must really have given the filmmakers a good deal to film on their campus…

    • Ali K

      They filmed part of Jurassic Park 3 there, too. Pretty much the college, non-dinosaur parts.

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