EW’s reunion issue is a great way to revisit some of our beloved movies and TV shows. This year EW gathered the cast of the iconic 90s teen movie, Clueless. Stars Stacey Dash and Alicia Silverstone appear on one of four collectible EW covers.
The comedy was directed by Amy Heckerling, who brought us another generation defining movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The film Clueless was loosely based on Jane’s Austen’s Emma and centered on rich teens from Beverly Hills.
Clueless has since become an iconic classic teen movie that influenced a generation in the way they talked, dressed and viewed the world. The film introduced phrases like “going postal,” “as if,” and “whatever” into the lexicon of everyday slang.
The film starred the then 18-year-old Alicia Silverstone, who up until Clueless was mainly known for her roles in The Crush and the Aerosmith videos. Clueless helped the young star become a household name.
The film’s cast was all unknown actors and actresses. Newcomers Paul Rudd, Jeremy Sisto, Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, Justin Walker, Breckin Meyer, Elisa Donovan and the late Brittany Murphy had no idea the film would help launch their careers.
The grown-ups in the movie were also little known actress and actors who went on to have promising careers as a producer and character actors. Twink Caplan was best friends with Amy Heckerling and played the role of frazzeled but kind Bronson Alcott High School teacher Ms. Geist. Dan Hedaya played Cher’s tough, gruff lawyer father. Shawn Wallace played Bronson Alcott High School teacher Mr. Wendall Hall, whom Cher tried to set-up with Ms. Geist.
Clueless helped spawn movies like Mean Girls and shows like Glee. The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless have inspired filmmakers to be on the look out for the next generation defining movie.
Alicia Silverstone said it best in EW when describing Clueless.
“It’s one of those movies that people watch over and over again. I think it’s just one of those things that makes you feel really good.”