It's hard to believe that Clueless came out over 20 years ago but it did... 1995 in the house. At the time, the film had a relatively low budget but ended up being a massive sleeper hit. The movie was shot for $12 million and ended up making $10 million in its opening weekend. Eventually, it pulled in a surprising $56 million, and let's be honest, the fan favorite hasn't really slowed down since. There was even a TV show that ran for a few seasons. A ton of actors and actresses who are big stars today auditioned for the movie, but it's hard to imagine anyone else playing the beloved characters. Fun fact: Alicia Silverstone got the part of Cher thanks to a cameo that she had in an Aerosmith video. The film was loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma, and yet the story is still totally relatable today. Honestly, we all pretty much relate to this movie. Here are 15 of the most relatable concepts from the film.
15 Trying To Flirt
"Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds boys of being naked, and then they think of what it would be like in the bedroom. And anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good." That was Cher's advice about how to get the boys to come running, and it's pretty solid, we have to admit. The fact that we even need to think about how to attract guys just goes to show that flirting and dating is always a little bit mysterious and complicated, and honestly, most people can relate to that. As for drawing attention to the mouth, that's exactly what lipstick is for. A full pout is naturally kind of flirty even when it's just sitting there doing nothing. But with or without full lips, drawing attention to the mouth was Cher's big tip, which in her case meant eating some chocolates that she gifted to herself. Because what better way to make a guy interested than let him know (or at least think) that he has a bit of competition out there.
14 Owning Your Flaws
Breckin Meyer's character Travis demonstrated owning your flaws in a really inspirational way. He was a pretty casual student since he was always late for class and actually got the most tardies. We still love his amazing speech when he learned this: "I would like to say this. Tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I might never be tardy." It's genius, really. Such a lovely way of looking at things. Yes, tardiness is not generally seen as a good quality, but when you turn it around and mention all the wonderful human contact that led to it or supported it, it doesn't sound all that terrible. Travis is actually just dense enough that he doesn't get it but as they say, ignorance is bliss.
13 Not Understanding Guys
Cher, of course, was actually going after a guy who wasn't into women when she was crushing on Christin, but before she knew that he was "a disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde-reading, Streisand ticket-holding friend of Dorothy" as Murray explained, she was totally bugging. We can all relate to the confusion of not getting WTF a guy is thinking. In this situation, Christain was hanging out with Cher and it definitely seemed like he was flirting with her, but she just couldn't get him to make a move. We've all had those men in our life who seem to be very obviously interested in us, but we can't figure out what's taking them so long to ask us out or make a move. The wheels start turning, and then we start to think of every possible horrible scenario about what could be happening. Does he have a girlfriend? Is he confused about my feelings? Or in Cher's words: "I don't get it! Did my hair get flat? Did I stumble into some bad lighting? What's wrong with me?"
12 The Draw Of A Great House Party
Cher and friends went all the way to the valley for a house party, so you know it must be appealing. For people who aren't familiar with Los Angeles, the layout can be a little hard to understand, but that's just because L.A. is f***ing humongous and has like one million different areas that might be over an hours drive from one another. Even if something is just a few miles away, that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a convenient place to get, because, well, there's tons of traffic. But a house party is a house party, and those have an interesting draw that is unlike anything else. Now in Clueless, we're talking about high school kids so it's not like they were going to go to a bar, but even as a legal adult there is something nostalgic and romantic about house parties that make a little extra car time sound worth it. Although these days, Cher wouldn't have had to get picked up, she could have just had someone send her an Uber.
11 Baking Is Good But Hard
Cher was clear about that the fact that whenever you invite a boy over, it's good to have something baking in the oven... but of course, in her world, that means dropping an entire roll of cookie dough onto a baking sheet and then forgetting about it. Until it totally burns, of course. Who can't relate to that? The lesson here might actually be that cookie dough is always best eaten raw anyway, and only trouble can come from actually trying to turn it into cookies. A lot of us can relate to the concept of being domestic and wanting to cook, but also just not really having the time or patience for it. Someday, we think, when we have people to actually cook for, we'll get into the swing of things. Who knows, maybe you'll even start your own YouTube channel about learning to cook and you'll have Cher to thank for the inspiration. Stranger things have happened.
10 Feeling Like A Heifer
Here's some of the best lines from the whole film, said by Cher, naturally: "I feel like such a heifer. I had 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." We all have those days where we feel like we ate too much. Cher's version might be a little light for some of us. Like seriously, how did she stop at just five peanut butter M&M's? Anyway, it's definitely something that we can all relate to. A lot of the time, we feel like we ate too much but we're just being a little hard on ourselves because after all the point of eating is to take in the calories that we need for energy. Eating keeps us alive, which we sometimes forget. Although you could say that Cher's choices are a little high in sugar in empty carbs, but she was in high school so that's sort of the name of the game. When you're craving the peanut butter and licorice snacks, go with some almonds instead. Yeah, right. Popcorn, by the way, is extremely low calories and a good source of fiber.
9 Denying Dudes With A Fury
Cher's "Ugh! As if!" is one of her most memorable lines. It's not only absolutely hilarious but it's totally relatable, too. A little arrogant, but we all have our moments. In that scene, she was fed up and not having it when the high school boys wouldn't leave her alone, and instead of calmly walking on or saying no thanks, she just had to let it be known that she did not have any reason to entertain whoever was hitting on her at the time. We can all relate. You could "as if" the construction workers whistling you on the way to work, the creeper guy following you around the grocery store or the sloppy drunk guy who just spilled his drink on you and then demanded your phone number. Please. As if. Sometimes you just really have to make it clear because otherwise, they just don't stop. And then sometimes they don't stop anyway, which is why it progresses to the point of physically shoving someone away from you.
8 Using Your T.O.M As An Excuse
What good is your aunt flow (besides letting us know that we aren't pregnant) if we can't use them as excuses some of the time? Cher did and she did it well when she used her time of the month to get out of a tardy. As she said, "I was surfing the crimson wave. I had to haul ass to the ladies’." Same. Other people aren't likely to question this excuse because what can they say. Other women know exactly how dramatic it can be to be bleeding in public, and men have absolutely no idea so they aren't going to pretend like they have anything to say against it. It's like an untouchable excuse. We've earned the use of this excuse by the mere fact of its existence. Cher seems to think that talking her way out of anything is a viable option in life since her lawyer father taught her that this is so. This is a similar tactic that Cher uses when she tries to negotiate her grades and get out of P.E., and even get out of the house in the clothes that her father doesn't quite approve of.
7 Not Feeling The Workout
When Cher was beginning her mission of turning Tai into a popular girl, doing a workout video was one step on the path. Tai, however, wasn't totally into it. As she said, "Cher, I don’t want to do this anymore. And my buns, they don’t feel nothin’ like steel." Right? It would be so awesome if we started to see results from a single workout but alas that doesn't seem to be the case. Stick with it, you guys. It happens, your buns can become steel if you try hard enough. Although these days, it's not so much steel buns most people are after but rather full and lifted ones. That's still done by building muscle, though, so get squatting. The point is that working out does work, you just maybe have to find the type of workout that feels and sounds good to you so that you will actually be motivated to do it. As we can see in the case of Tai, having someone else tell you what to do is not necessarily going to be enough motivation to actually do it, you've got to really want it.
6 Hand Gestures Are Powerful
Amber demonstrated the all powerful "whatever" hand signal in class in one scene, and it's definitely super powerful. Of course, you might not be actually using that anymore since we're out of the 1990s, and we're not teens anymore either. But the concept is still a good reminder that you can always use your body language to express yourself and add some extra oomph to whatever you might be saying. The whole "whatever" thing is meant to be an end of the road as far as a conversation goes since it's pretty dismissive, but sometimes we need to just straight cut off people who are doing no good for us. It's a boundary thing. Just don't use it on people who actually care about, because they probably won't take kindly to being cut off quite like that. Most of the hand gesture/word combos tend to be of the negative variety, so it's a good rule of thumb to save those for when they really matter.
5 Being On The Same Page As Your Bestie
No matter how old you are, being on the same page as your bestie is universally relatable since it's what makes your bestie a bestie over your other friends. When Cher described her relationship with Dion she said, "She's my friend because we both know what it's like to have people be jealous of us." That may or may not be the thing that bonds you and your best friend (okay, it's probably not). But yeah, probably something like that. With the bestie, there's always that feeling of being a unit that's different than the rest no matter what that difference actually ends up being. Because you're super awesome, or super weird, whatever. Cher and Dion were so in sync that they even called each other between classes only to meet up to walk down the hallway together two seconds later. The modern day equivalent of this is you tagging your bestie in a meme while she's sitting across from you at brunch. The beautiful mix of real life and cell phones.
4 Family Always Matters
Cher's dad was quick to point out that "You divorce wives, not children." He made the point that family matters and it lasts despite the labels. However, in this case, Cher ends up dating that former step brother of hers, so that's a little more complicated than the average family. Although technically, if they stay together they will always be family, we guess. But the family does matter, even though they can be really annoying sometimes. The thing about family is that we don't get to choose who they are, save for choosing our spouses but even with those decisions along come some other added relatives that we didn't necessarily choose. That's just how it works. And the thing about this is that having people around who you love and are connected to for better or worse means that you get to learn a whole lot from those relationships. In other types of relationships it's easier to slip away if something gets weird, but with family, we're usually in it until the end.
3 Pretending You Know What You're Talking About
Sometimes we have no idea what we're talking about, but instead of admitting that, well, we boldly venture on and spew out some total nonsense. Cher does this best when she gets up to deliver an oral book report and fills it with B.S. that sounds interesting and inspirational enough. It's not something that any of us should be counting on to get us through life exactly, but in a pinch, it can work. The key here is confidence. Admit it, there's been a day when you were zoned out (hungover) in a work meeting and your boss asked for your opinion on something so you just started talking to see what came out. Maybe it worked and you actually totally surprised yourself with how quickly your unfocused brain could come up with some reasonable thoughts. Or maybe you just confused everyone enough that they couldn't point out that what you said was wrong exactly. Either way, it's better than looking totally unprepared.
2 Moments Of Self Doubt
Cher was pretty confident most of the time, but she also had her moments where she felt the need to walk through Beverly Hills with the internal monolog "Everything I think and everything I do is wrong." We all have our moments where s*!*+ hits the fan and we start to feel something of the same like nothing makes sense and it's all our fault. Sometimes it is our fault and sometimes it isn't, but either way, it can still feel pretty bad when things seem to be falling apart around us and we don't know what to do about it. This becomes extra painful when we feel like we're hurting other people, or being hurt by other people, or when other people are involved at all which is most of the time. Feeling like you did wrong and letting yourself and other people down is kind of the worst. Although luckily life tends to turn around just as quickly as it went sour, which also happens to Cher in Clueless. Phew.
1 Fashion Is Everything
Cher would be nothing and nowhere without her fashion sense and she's got the high-tech closet to prove it. Most of us can relate to the fact that wearing a cute outfit can make the day seem a lot more fun, no matter what we're doing. The overall budget of the film was quite small compared to what you would think by the end turnout, so they really pulled things together. Paul Rudd actually wore most of his own clothes. By the way, there were 53 different types of plaid used to create the costumes in the film, and Alicia Silverstone got to keep a lot of the clothes at the end of shooting. Although that's not to say that she was necessarily stoked about it, because she wasn't a real fashionista. She later said that she thinks she ended up giving most of the stuff away. Ouch. Cher would definitely not approve.