"As If!": Remembering the Legacies of Clueless on Its 25th Anniversary

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It's hard to believe that Clueless turns 25 this year. This flick remains so relevant in modern pop culture that it feels like it just hit the big screen. Based on Jane Austen's classic novel Emma, this valley girl retelling flaunts a star-studded ensemble, a hilarious script and plenty of ‘90s lingo — much of which the film itself created — that permeated the social sphere long after the movie left theaters. There's nothing remotely generic about the performances from Alicia Silverstone (Cher), Paul Rudd (Josh), Brittany Murphy (Tai), and Stacey Dash (Dionne) as they bring the messiness of the teenage experience to life.

There are few films in history that manage to stay relevant for decades, but Clueless has proved timeless while being a time capsule. It epitomizes the universal experience of being young, in love and naive, capturing Cher's mistakes, miscommunications and errors in thinking with an authenticity that resonates with anyone who can remember their teen years. This hilariously innocent flick (which recently hit Netflix) is the perfect lighthearted film to unwind with in the midst of this pandemic-centric summer. Check out some of the legacies that have carried the culture of Clueless forward through the last 25 years.