Spoilers in Post: As if!
Release Type: Theatrical
Plot: Cher is a 15 year old rich girl who is learning about life, love, and friendships. Its also based on Emma by Jane Austen. She also can’t drive.
Scoring Notes: generally a +5 is the highest I will give a component. A -5 is the lowest. If it goes beyond that, then you know I am quite serious
+5 for Alicia Silverstone. She was so perfectly cast in this movie.
+3 for Stacey Dash. Dionne!
+8 for Paul Rudd (He was a baby in this movie!)
+10 for Brittany Murphy (I’m still super sad she is gone. She was one of my favorites).
Production (Writing/Directing/Soundtrack, etc…):
+10 for the soundtrack. Granted, part of that is nostalgic. But yeah, “We’re the kids in America.”
+10 for direction. Fast-paced. Great shots. Totally 90’s.
+10 for the dialog. Lots of quotes from this movie became standard dialog for my generation. (Hint: this movie was so popular it was turned into a TV series that lasted 3 seasons).
+1 for family friendliness. Not the best movie for littles. Quite a few references to drugs and quite a bit of innuendo.
+20 would watch again (and again. And again. And again).
Total Score: 77
This movie is a nostalgia fest. I’d be curious how it stands up to new viewers, but for me – it will always be a favorite. I was 16 when this movie came out on video. I came home from school to find out my mom had rented it for me. Hilariously my oldest brother had come over for a visit and he ended up staying and watching it with us. After he left my mom said, “I think you would have enjoyed that more if your brother hadn’t been here.” Yes, Mom, that is quite true.
Also, I can’t be the only one who was always squicked out a bit by Cher and Josh’s familial relationship. But now that I’m older and more mature (hah) and am much more familiar with the world of Austen, I honestly think this was a tongue in cheek nod referencing how often cousins would marry (I’m looking at you Fanny and Edmund).