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No. 24: Clueless

She found her thrills in Beverly Hills

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1995, dir. Amy Heckerling. Cher Horowitz is a JAP. She has a computer that helps her coordinate her outfits each morning, goes to school fully made-up, and drives around with her high-school friends in an open-top Jeep, despite the fact that she does not have a valid driver’s license. It could be Long Island, but we know it’s Beverly Hills, mainly because Cher takes her restorative shopping breaks on Rodeo Drive. And in the end, she falls in love with the smart college boy and trades her social climbing for do-gooding—though, inevitably, with a bit of shadchan meddling on the side.

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Jane Austen for teen Jews!

Beverly Hills is a lot more Jewish than Long Island. Long Island is really fairly mixed – Italians and Irish and the like. Beverly has no Italians and no Irish, though, mostly just Jews (these days, Persian and Ashkenazi, back in the day, mostly Ashkenazi).

Maayan says:

I maintain that Clueless is a masterpiece. It’s at the zenith of its genre – and – not remotely stupid. So many gems.

“do you like billie holiday?”
“I love him!”



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No. 24: Clueless

She found her thrills in Beverly Hills

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