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5 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)

Time Out says

Heckerling still appears to edit her movies by random select, and, despite reference to Jane Austen's Emma, her narrative is anorexic; but this satiric portrait of California rich kids has plenty of charm and wit, and a winning central performance from Silverstone. Cher, 15, is a designer mall rat with a world view several sizes narrower than her vanity mirror, but a heart as big as her dad's bank account. During a typically unexacting term at Beverly Hills High, Cher adopts newcomer Tai (Murphy) and teachers her how to be a 'Betty' (a she-babe), falls for a 'Baldwin' (a he-babe), and learns that ''tis a far, far better thing, when you do stuff for other people.' There's something downright perverse about the romantic fade-out Heckerling engineers between Cher and her stepbrother, and the philanthropic message is almost as superficial as the rampant materialism which precedes it, but Silverstone makes Cher's insularity appealingly innocent (even in the midst of crisis, she can't resist checking out the latest fashion lines), and an attempted seduction scene is sweetly hopeless.


Release details

98 mins

Cast and crew

Amy Heckerling
Amy Heckerling
Donald Faison
Brittany Murphy
Alicia Silverstone
Dan Hedaya
Paul Rudd
Wallace Shawn
Elisa Donovan
Stacey Dash
Twink Caplan

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One of my favourite teenie movies! Saw it again just a week ago at the Movies on the river and guess what?I still love it. It is an adaptation of Jane Austins "Emma" and what makes it worth watching now, is how hilarious 90s everyday life looks to us nowadays. 


I remember enjoying this film when I first saw it as a teenager and I think I actually enjoyed it more as an adult.


Can't imagine anyone who has not seen this 90s classic and if there is somebody out there - watch it now! It's based on Jane Austin's Emma and adapts brilliantly to the present. It hasn't lost its charm even 23 years later.


A staple 90's film for anyone who grew up in that era. It's become quite the classic, and I would highly recommend. I've probably seen this film about 20 times, and it's still just as good as the first time I watched it!


Such a classic! It is fun to watch now and see how fashion has changed but the will to be different is still there. I find this movie very nostalgic to watch. 


If you grew up in the 90s or 00s, you should have seen Clueless. It's probably the best known teen flick that ever existed, and it beats Mean Girls hands down! It tells the story of some pretty super rich brat children, who live the american dream, but gradually turn into ever so slightly nicer people by the end. 

Fun to watch and I still love all the cool "mod cons" the rich kids had - like enormous mobile phones, sunny top jeep cars and a computer programme that helps you choose your outfits. Times have moved on a lot since then but it's still brilliant to watch. One of my favourites.


I'm a huge Jane Austen fan and like her novel "Emma", but I absolutely love this film, based on "Emma", about the sweet but impossibly spoiled rich girl who has to learn to stop interfering in everyone's lives. Alicia Silverstone is unbelievably charming in this film as Cher (Emma), but the standout star is Dan Hedaya as her loving but sarcastic father--every time he disappears from the screen you're impatient for his return. Paul Rudd as Josh (Mr Knightley) makes a nicely sardonic counterpoint to Cher, and her army of friends, including the late Brittany Murphy, are always entertaining. The film may seem dated now after imitations such as "Legally Blonde" but this is the original and still the best.

it was brill i saw it last night on channel 4 . it is well worth watching