What writer-director Heckerling did for the 1980s with Fast Times at Ridgemont High she does for the ‘90s in this hilariously witty send-up of high school life and adolescence (California upper-middle class, specifically). The superficial but naively intelligent Cher (Alicia Silverstone), a carefree 15-year-old beauty with not much on her mind but clothes, social standing and boys, comes to a life decision to use her good looks and popularity for good causes. She sets out on a glorious quest to play matchmaker and good samaritan to anyone within arm’s reach—but will she herself find true love? Heckerling’s delicious updating of Jane Austen’s “Emma” is one mirthful exposition after another, playfully lampooning the teenage milieu—there’s a gallery of funny one-liners and comic vignettes. Silverstone proves herself an impeccable comedienne giving a cheerful, uproarious performance.
USA, 1995, In English, 97 min, Rated PG-13, Directed by Amy Heckerling
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