Saturday, January 23, 2016

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew by Jen Chaney

It’s hard to believe Clueless debuted over 20 years ago (and harder still for myself to realize I was in middle school when it was showing in theaters for the first time...le sigh).  It’s a teen movie that’s lasted the test of time, a cult classic on par with such hits as The Breakfast Club, FastTimes at Ridgemont High, and Heathers.  It’s also, surprisingly enough, a fairly accurate adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma - yet another in a long list of reasons audiences find themselves returning again and again to the halls of Bronson Alcott High.

Decades later, Clueless remains a popular streaming choice for new and (not so) old fans alike.  Which begs the question - what makes makes Clueless the pop culture touchstone it is today?  That’s exactly what journalist Jen Chaney explores with As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and the Crew

Combing through interviews, articles, and recollections, Chaney paints an intricate picture of how each detail of the film was chosen - from the location, to wardrobe, to casting, to slang.  Viewpoints of the actors, the crew, and movie experts alike come together in a wonderful narrative that would be an interesting journey on its own, especially for anyone interested in how movies are made any why some films endure.  If you loved Clueless, if you love movies, or are just looking for an interesting read, As If! is definitely a wise choice.

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