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25 Years Later, Clueless Hasn’t Aged At All

The cast of Clueless: (top, from left) Justin Walker, Jeremy Sisto, Donald Faison; (bottom, from left) Paul Rudd, Elisa Donovan, Stacey Dash, Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Breckin Meyer.

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You know what would be so dope? Watching Clueless on CBS this Sunday night.

By Melissa Rose Bernardo

After 25 years and countless viewings, you'd think we'd be over Clueless. As if! Some movies simply never get old, and writer-director Amy Heckerling's 1995 update of Jane Austen's Emma, set in sun-soaked Beverly Hills, Calif., is one of them.

In honor of the movie that taught us to always do a lap before committing to a spot at a party and that "everywhere in L.A. takes 20 minutes," here are seven reasons why we love Clueless like Cher (Alicia Silverstone) loves the mall.

Watch Clueless on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9:30–11:30 p.m. ET/9–11 p.m. PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

The Fashion!

Alicia Silverstone with shopping bags in Clueless

Alicia Silverstone as fashion plate Cher in Clueless.

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The oxford shirts, the plaid skirts, the chic athleisure, the headbands and hair clips, the metallic Mary Janes: Costume designer Mona May dressed Cher and Co. in very of-the-moment styles that turn out to be surprisingly relevant today. (Who could have predicted a scrunchie revival?)

And tell the truth: Had you even heard of Alaïa before Cher told you that "it's like a totally important designer" while a mugger held her at gunpoint?

The Slang!

Justin Walker and Alicia Silverstone in Clueless

"I thought maybe you had an in on the heavy clambakes," Christian (Justin Walker) says to Cher (Alicia Silverstone). Of course she does!

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In addition to the all-important "as if"—a conversation-ender that's suitable for any number of occasions—Clueless taught us so much.

A "Barney" is a totally random guy unworthy of your attention, as in the guys Tai (Brittany Murphy) is hanging with at the mall—the ones who eventually end up dangling her over the railing; "I don't know where she meets these Barneys," Cher tells Christian (Justin Walker) disapprovingly.

A "Betty" is a beautiful woman—e.g., "Wasn't my mom a Betty?" asks Cher as she passes a painting of her deceased mother. A Baldwin is basically the male equivalent; Cher refers to Josh (Paul Rudd) as "kind of a Baldwin." Also, Cher is not a virgin; "the PC term," explains Dionne (Stacey Dash), "is hymenally challenged."

The Memorable Quotes!

Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash in black and white casual clothes

Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) dress to impress in gym class.

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Cher introducing her BFF: "Dionne and I were both named after great singers of the past who now do infomercials." Murray (Donald Faison) telling Cher that she has no chance with Christian: "He's a disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde–reading, Streisand ticket–holding friend of Dorothy, know what I'm saying?" Cher pondering the extremely shallow dating pool: "Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie."

Tai lashing out at Cher with possibly the worst teen-on-teen verbal assault in '90s movie history: "You're a virgin who can't drive." And Amber (Elisa Donovan) in phys ed, telling the teacher why she can't play tennis: "My plastic surgeon doesn't want me doing any activity where balls fly at my nose." Replies Dionne, not missing a beat: "Well there goes your social life."

It Gave Us A New Appreciation Of Monet

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Dionne (Stacey Dash, left) and Cher (Alicia Silverstone, right) with frenemy Amber (Elisa Donovan).

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When Tai asks Cher if she thinks Amber is pretty, Cher replies with an impressionism-infused explanation. "She's a full-on Monet. It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess." Wonder how many Instagram pics of Water Lilies at Paris' Musée de l'Orangerie are captioned "A full-on Monet."

Cher Herself, Who's Deeper Than She First Appears

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A post-makeover Tai (Brittany Murphy) hanging with her new crew, Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash).

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Cher truly seems to care about taking Tai from "toe-up"—Dionne's first (very negative) impression of Tai—to trendy. She's not afraid to call out the uppity Elton (Jeremy Sisto, who now plays Jubal Valentine on CBS' drama FBI)—"You are a snob and a half"—for thinking he's too good for Tai. She ends up becoming captain of her school's Pismo Beach disaster relief team. (A fictional tragedy, but still!)

And her speech about Haitian immigration—she drew a comparison to a garden party and attendees who didn't RSVP—was actually quite ahead of its time: "And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion, may I please remind you that it does not say 'RSVP' on the Statue of Liberty?" Her debate teacher, Mr. Hall (Wallace Shawn), may not have been impressed, but we were.

Two Words: Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone in Clueless

Cher (Alicia Silverstone) bugs bookish Josh (Paul Rudd) for a ride.

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Before Wet Hot American Summer, before Friends, before Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Ant-Man, Rudd won our hearts as Josh, Cher's brainy Nietzsche-reading ex-stepbrother in Clueless. He calls her Pippi Longstocking, she calls him Kato; she calls him a brown-noser, he calls her a "superficial space cadet." Clearly it was destiny!

And he believes in her: He knows she can take down anyone and come away with the bridal bouquet at Miss Geist (Twink Caplan) and Mr. Hall's wedding.

Once Again: Paul Rudd

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Guests Paul Rudd (left) and Hasan Minhaj (right) pose for a pic with the host on the Oct. 21, 2019, episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden.

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Just like Clueless, he hasn't aged one bit. Check him out in this 2019 snapshot from The Late Late Show With James Corden. Yeah, he's still kind of a Baldwin.

Watch Clueless on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9:30–11:30 p.m. ET/9–11 p.m. PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

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