Sometimes what you watch is largely dictated by the mood you're in. So at this, the end of summer, we're suggesting a film for when... it's time to head back to school.
Believe it or not, the film that made Jewish actress Alicia Silverstone a household name is over 20 years old. Jewish filmmaker Amy Heckerling had struck teen movie gold, directing Cameron Crowe's script for Fast Times at Ridgemont High. For Clueless, she found more dated source material in Jane Austen's Emma, adapting it as screenwriter and director.
In the film, Alicia Silverstone portrays Cherilyn "Cher" Horowitz, a late-20th-century version of one of Austen's most popular leading ladies, Emma Woodhouse. With a motley crew of then up-and-coming stars as the most popular kids in school, and a love story featuring the Jewish (and ageless) Paul Rudd, the film has never wavered in its popularity. It continues to garner interest from multiple publications like Vanity Fair and Time.
Why Do We Recommend It?
Who better to head back to school with than the Kids in America? As Roger Ebert said in his review, "The movie is aimed at teenagers, but like all good comedies, it will appeal to anyone who has a sense of humor and an ear for the ironic." The film is also highly quotable with enough lines to get you through the entire school year. See some of the greats here, or just watch the film and start memorizing.
Watch the Film With: Well, we'll let Cher tell you, "Two bowls of Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&M's and like 3 pieces of licorice."