Clueless ★★★★

If Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" was one of the 1980s' quintessential teen comedies, then her "Clueless" fits that bill for the 1990s. Adapting Jane Austen's "Emma" for the Clinton-era High School-set, Heckerling presents a comedy that is smart, stylish, and enjoyably silly in its focus on Cher, an upper-class teen orchestrating the romantic and existential comings and goings of similarly aged acquaintances. The film bounces with fashion-based color, sports ripe dialogue, and communicates its characters with memorable performances. Good-natured and warm-hearted, the comedy is completely appealing.

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