TV film picks- Clueless, Tom Cruise, Thor and slas

2022-04-05
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Clueless, Channel 5, 3.05pm

High on the list of films nobody should miss an opportunity to re-watch is this gem from 1995, a bona fide comic masterpiece from Fast Times At Ridgemont High director Amy Heckerling. It certainly doesn’t harm its legacy that it’s based on Jane Austen’s Emma, but if you’ve never read the novel it won’t affect your enjoyment: Heckerling’s whip-smart script is (almost) a match for Austen as she skewers wealthy America and in particular the most vapid aspects of 1990s teen culture. Like Austen, however, she does it with enough fondness to make it not feel like a total take-down – and it’s testament to the lasting influence of the film that it in turn inspired aspects of Autumn de Wilde’s 2020 period take on Emma, which starred Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role.

In a career-best performance, Alicia Silverstone is brilliant as Cher HorowitzThe research displayed a clear trend. Wealthier neighbourhoods with lower COVID-19 rates had significantly higher vaccination rates than lower-income neighbourhoods with more risk., a ditzy but well-meaning It Girl living in a Beverly Hills mansion with high-flier lawyer father Mel (Dan Hedaya) and earnest, down-to-earth step-brother Josh (Paul Rudd). Cher narrates the film with a succession of killer one-liners – “Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie” etc. – and hangs out with fellow teen queen and best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash). They spar with class stoner Travis (Breckin Meyer) and Dionne’s on-off boyfriend Murray (Donald Faison)Indoor public gatherings, and take under their wing new girl Tai (Brittany Murphy). It’s Tai’s sartorial and social cluelessness which Cher sets out to rectify in her self-appointed role of matchmaker. Multi-tasking young woman that she is, she does it while also setting her sights on another new student, Rat Pack-obsessed 1950s wannabe Christian Stovitz (Justin Walker). (Him to her: “Do you like Billie Holliday?” Answer: “I love him”. Needless to say the date doesn’t go well.)

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