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“Clueless” is forever.
The 1995 comedy that put modern sensibilities into Jane Austen’s 19th century novel “Emma” is as vibrant today as it was upon release 25 years ago – even with slang and fashion that scream 1990s.
“Clueless” stamps its era naming its two central characters, Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (as in Warwick, played by Stacey Dash), both named after famed singers who turned to ubiquitous early ’90s infomercials.
As “Clueless” sees new glory days streaming (with a Blu-ray commemorating its anniversary this week), writer-director Amy Heckerling helps break down the film’s most cutting celebrity call-outs.
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Marky Mark is clueless about his own contributions
At the time of release, Mark Wahlberg was the chisel-chested Calvin Klein underwear-modeling 1990s sex symbol. It’s no wonder Josh (Paul Rudd) is smugly proud to have Marky Mark, as he was called, plant a celebrity tree for his charity.
“Maybe Marky Mark wants to use his popularity for a good cause, make a contribution,” Josh explains to Cher.
Heckerling says bad boy Marky Mark, with songs like 1991’s “Good Vibrations” and “his way of dancing with his pants that were very low slung,” was the obvious choice for the mention.
When asked about “Clueless” this year, Wahlberg insisted he wasn’t aware of the name-drop honor.
“I’ve never never seen it,” he said. “I totally have to see it. On the 20th anniversary.”
It’s 25 years, Mark, but whatever.
Pauly Shore took the fall for Chevy Chase
Cher, who dates only college-age men, says that “searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.”
In the early ’90s, Shore played Stoney, an outcast, suburban California teen who discovers a caveman in 1992’s dude comedy “Encino Man.” This was followed by forgotten fluff comedies such as 1993’s “Son In Law” and 1994’s laugh-deficient “In the Army Now.”
Heckerling says she feels bad about dissing Shore in the line, especially since she originally wanted to use Chevy Chase’s name, the actor with whom she “did not have a good time with” when directing 1985’s “National Lampoon’sEuropean Vacation.”
“But the studio didn’t want me to bad mouth him,” Heckerling says of Chase. “They said put someone else in. So I was racking my brains and came up with Pauly Shore.
“But I actually like Pauly Shore movies.”
Mel Gibson didn’t find tragedy in his ‘Hamlet’ mention
During a discussion on “Hamlet,” Cher correctly points out that the Danish prince didn’t say the line, “To thine own self be true,” referring to Mel Gibson’s 1990 titular role in his movie version of the Shakespeare play as proof.
“Well, I remember Mel Gibson accurately, and he didn’t say that. That Polonius guy did,” Cher tells Josh’s new college girlfriend.
Heckerling says it would make sense that Cher would know the classic tragedy through Gibson, at the time a “Lethal Weapon,” heartthrob. (It’s also a “Hamlet” portrayal the director admires.)
After “Clueless” was released, Gibson sent Heckerling a letter saying he had watched the movie on an airplane and laughed at the moment. “And then he wrote in capital letters, A LOT!'” she says.
Kenny G was anything but cool
During one bickering moment with Josh over music, Cher snipes, “Thank you, Josh. I so need lessons from you on how to be cool. Tell me that part about Kenny G again?”
The abundantly haired saxophonist was the smooth jazz soundtrack of the 1990s, to the dismay of jazz purists.
“Cher’s going to think his music is whiny or too emotional,” Heckerling says. “I personally have nothing against Kenny G and he did set a record for holding the longest note.” (Indeed, Kenny G held the world record for a single note lasting 45 minutes and 47 seconds until 2017).
Jason Priestley was no James Dean
When Christian (Justin Walker) shows off a leather jacket to Cher, he checks on the coolness factor: “Is it James Dean or Jason Priestley?”
Priestley was at the height of his heartthrob rebel status on TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90210,” but no match for “The Rebel Without a Cause” icon Dean.
“There’s always been young rebellious guys in jackets with pompadours; James Dean was an influence for half a century,” Heckerling says, saying she considered other actors to lose that match-up, “but I ended up with Jason Priestley.”
Priestley’s hot “90210” co-star gets more favorable treatment. Dionne reveals in one scene that “Cher is saving herself for Luke Perry.”
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