Clueless is a coming of age film that is loosely based on Jane Austen's novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd and was the breakout role for Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills and during its forty-day filming schedule, writer/director Amy Hecjerlibg and producer Scott Rudin say in on classes at Beverly Hills High School to get a feel for student culture. Herb Hall, the real-life drama teacher at the school played the principal in the film.
Clueless was released in 1995 and became the year's sleeper hit, making an international star out of a largely unknown Alicia Silverstone. It also developed a cult following. The film received critical acclaim, impressing with its gentle satire and ingenious reworking of the plot of Emma.