Welcome to the first full meeting of the Persephone Movie Club! This weekend, we’ll be discussing the ’90s classic Clueless.
- In what ways, if any, does Cher eventually come to recognize her privilege and change her ways? Does it count if she’s only doing it to impress a boy, and do you think she’ll go back to being completely clueless in the future?
- Discuss the film’s diversity and stereotypes. Are the POC and LGBTQ characters fully fledged characters or stereotyped tokens? How does the diversity of the cast compare to other contemporary teen flicks?
- Writer/director Amy Heckerling based Clueless on Jane Austen’s Emma. Is it faithful to the original story, or do the modernizations lessen the impact?
- How are female friendships portrayed? Tai starts out as just a project for Cher and Dionne; do you think they consider her a true friend by the end?
- The behavior of male characters in the film. Does Cher have a point about the high school boys she knows being too immature, given that Elton is a classic example of Nice Guyâ„¢, Murray puts on a front of being disrespectful to Dionne, and Travis is an (adorable, shut up) mess?
- Isn’t it awesome that all of the ladies are in charge of their own sexuality?!
- Is it creepy to date a former step-brother? When he’s as cute as Paul Rudd, does it matter?
- The clothing; so much plaid! The music!
And of course, the best part of a movie club is getting to add to our gif collections! I’ll share a few of my own in the comments; hopefully y’all have some others. I’d kill for pretty much any of the WTF faces from Mr. Hall and Miss Geist.
Our next meeting will be the weekend of July 6, when we’ll be discussing Heathers. It’s currently available on Netflix Instant (unlike most of the other movies we voted for, grrr) but isn’t free with Amazon Prime.