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Clueless (1995) Film Review

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Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is rich, not-the-brightest, great at arguing her position and loves a good project to work on. After successfully setting up lonely teachers Mr Hall (Wallace Shawn) and Miss Geist (Twink Caplan), she is waiting for the next one. Luckily, along comes Tai (Brittany Murphy) a new student whose grunge style deeply offends Cher and her best friend Dee (Stacey Dash).  They make her over and try to set her up with one of the popular guys, but things don’t go to plan. Between this and her home life with her step-brother, Josh (Paul Rudd) hanging around, Cher has a lot on her mind.

I really like this film, and can’t totally explain why. Perhaps it is seeing Turk from Scrubs (Donald Faison) as a young guy. Or it brings back memories from my youth. Certainly, the basic plot is quite strong, but I’m sure that Jane Austen has a lot to do with that, given that the film is based on Emma. It can’t be the acting, because that is really not very good. It’s ok, but Alicia Silverstone spends a lot of time repressing smiles and many of the other actors are extremely over-the-top. Perhaps it is just because it seems that the teenagers are generally nice and innocent and everyone really wants the best for each other. Even the gunman (spoiler alert?) isn’t too scary.

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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Peter (Jason Segel) and Sarah (Kristen Bell) are a dream couple – she is a gorgeous actor who stars in a TV cop drama and he is the affable composer boyfriend who creates the soundtrack for the show. Peter does not see it coming when Sarah breaks it off with him. In an attempt to get over her he throws himself into the arms of other women, but when this doesn’t work, he takes a holiday to Hawaii. On arrival, he discovers that Sarah is staying there with her new boyfriend, British rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). Luckily for Peter, he gains the sympathy of the hotel employees, notably Rachel (Mila Kunis).

This is my kind of humour. Well, there are a lot of things that I find funny. But this, with hilarious pathos, a fair whack of slapstick, a certain amount of filth and more than a little sentimental claptrap – love it. I’m a big fan of most of the cast, and I just really liked the way this was all put together.

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