MOTW: Five Memorable Quotes from "Clueless"

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Cher is a good-natured but superficial girl who is attractive, popular, and extremely wealthy. A few months shy of her sixteenth birthday, she has risen to the top of the high-school social scene, and is happy and self-assured in her insular, fashion-obsessed world.
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September 11th, 2013

MOTW: Five Memorable Quotes from "Clueless"

Released in 1995, "Clueless" has gone onto become a comedy classic of the 1990s. The film is based off Jane Austen's novelEmmabut was adapted to suit a bunch of high school kids in Beverly Hills. The film was notable as being the breakthrough performance of Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz. Director Amy Heckerling also wrote the film's plot, and she does a nice job of creating some much-needed chemistry between all of the main characters. "Clueless" is also notable for being the film-acting debut of the late Brittany Murphy, who played the role of Tai Fraser. The film was well received by the critics, with "Entertainment Weekly" selecting the film in its top twenty comedy films of the past twenty-five years in 2008. Some of the most memorable quotes are noted below.

"Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie."

Although Cher pretends to be one of the most popular girls in school, she actually struggles to make long-term friends. Cher made this comment after having trouble getting any guys to take her seriously. Pauly Shore was a comedian who appeared in several films in the early 1990s, but many of them flopped at the box office. Cher is largely seen as selfish and obsessed with the fashion industry and thus pays little attention to the outside world. Her struggle to find a long-term boyfriend is further made clear to her when she becomes successful at setting other people up as couples but does not have either the boldness or the self-confidence to find her own date.

"Why should I listen to you anyway? You're a virgin who can't drive."

The film has many instances where the two main characters, Cher and Tai (played by Murphy), fight and bicker with each other. After finding success matching two teachers up together in a romantic relationship, Cher begins a quest to match more people together, starting with Tai. Cher and her close friend Dionne pick Tai because she is new and does not appear to be popular at all. They attempt to get Tai together with Elton despite that Tai is more interested in Travis, who is a tardy skateboarder. After Cher fails her driving test, Tai rubs it in and exposes that Cher is still a virgin despite her popularity.

"Cher, I don't want to do this anymore. And my buns, they don't feel nothin' like steel."

As part of Tai's makeover to make her look more attractive to Elton, Cher and Tai begin a fitness regime to get into shape. While watching a workout video called Buns of Steel, Tai has had enough of Cher trying to change her physical appearance. Tai suddenly can't take Cher's guidance any longer, and so she tells Cher what is really on her mind. In this scene, it becomes apparent that Tai does not want Cher to try and improve her image anymore, because she already feels comfortable in her own skin.

"Christian said he'd call the next day, but in boy time that meant Thursday."

As part of her quest to find a boyfriend for herself, Cher shows interest in Christian Stovitz. Trying to make Christian jealous, Cher buys and writes her own flowers, candies, and love letters, but Christian does not seem to notice. After quite some time, Christian and Cher go to a party together. She seems to think that Christian is interested in her, but he does not call when he promised that he would. Cher is worried that he will forget about her and not make the call as he said he would.

"I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid, and, last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I might never be tardy."

Made by Travis Birkenstock, this comment reflects the attitude that he has in life and what makes him so disliked by many at school, particularly by Cher. Travis always seems to be late in life, especially when it comes to arriving in class on time. New student Tai was immediately enamored by Travis, who also felt an attraction for Tai. Despite Cher's best efforts to set Tai up with Elton, Travis and Tai end up falling in love even though he never seems to be on time anywhere he goes.