Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, and released in 1995 USA.
Target audience: worldwide appeal, but particularly towards teenage audiences
TEEN FLICK GENRE
- Why do you think Heckerling employs so many pop cultural references in Clueless?
- What cinematic styles show that this is a film that sits clearly within the teen flick genre?
In Clueless‘ post-industrial 1990s Beverley Hills setting, a social hierarchy exists, but it less rigid and more fluid than in Emma‘s time.
- What are the different types of social groups in Clueless?
- Instead of inherited wealth and social breeding, social status (or popularity) in Clueless is defined by what factors?
- How does Cher and Dionne’s portrayal reflect certain stereotypes in modern day society? How does Cher’s actions in the end challenge her stereotype?
- What is the purpose of the constant visual motif of mobile phones in Clueless? What does this reflect about the position of technology in modern society?
- Image and appearance are paramount to many of the characters in Clueless. How is demonstrated visually (eg. setting and costume) and through the attitudes of the characters?
- How does Clueless reflect a more secular society, and what has replaced the Church in this sense?
GENDER AND SEXUALITY
- In what ways is the position and power of women in Clueless similar and different to that in Emma?
- Clueless deals with current social issues, including sexual promiscuity and conformity. How do most of Cher’s peers view sex? How is Cher’s decision to remain a virgin regarded by her peers?
- Clueless also deals with the social stigma of homosexuality through the character of Christian. Which character in Emma is he paralleled to? How does this reflect changes in social prejudices?
- How is marriage (and divorce) regarded in Clueless?