Clueless Background

Clueless Background

Clueless is a coming of age film that is loosely based on Jane Austen's novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone and 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 Heckerling and producer Scott Rudin stayed 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. The film received critical acclaim, impressing with its gentle satire and ingenious reworking of the plot of Emma. It also developed a cult following, setting in motion a surge of teen movies for the duration of the 1990s and remaining a timeless classic in American pop culture. The movie's influence can be seen in a wide range of industries today, from fashion labels to Iggy Azaela's music video for "Fancy" to a plethora of Jane Austen film adaptations.

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