Why I’m totally buggin’ over the Clueless remake – and you should be too

This morning I woke up to the news that Clueless is the latest in a long line of my favourite films to be getting the remake treatment.

Ugh, as if!

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m totally buggin’ about it.

I know there are much bigger things going on in the world right now that I could and should be worrying about.

But this movie means something special to me and I’m sure it does to a lot of other men and women out there.

I was probably in my early teens when I first came across Cher Horowitz, played by the seemingly never aging Alicia Silverstone.

I fell for the adorably clueless blonde, her dreamy wardrobe, her totally snobby, but absolutely fabulous circle of friends and of course her charmingly dorky step-brother Josh.

I fell for the movie, hook, line and sinker and I’m really struggling with the idea of someone coming along and messing with the things I love most about it.

A remake of a remake

Now, I’m not stupid. I know that Clueless itself is an adaptation, a remake.

I know that Amy Heckerling already came in and messed around with the things people loved most about Jane Austen’s Emma.

I know that Hollywood remakes movies and TV shows all the time, and sometimes it really works – take A Star Is Born, for example, that film has been remade and remade and remade and it just keeps getting better.

But sometimes remakes are a complete and utter disaster – don’t even get me started on the 2009 version of Fame.

You just never know what you’re going to get – an authentic tribute or an offense to the original.

And that suspense, the fear of something you love being ruined, is actually really tiring.

What happened to originality?

I’m fed up of reboots and remakes now and all I can say is: Doesn’t anyone have any original ideas anymore? Something fresh and new they’d like to share with the class?

Because I find that it’s those films you had no idea about, ones that come out of nowhere and are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, that are often the best.

It’s difficult to try and recapture the magic of something that came out of a different era.

La La Land is one of the only exceptions to this rule as it succeeded in evoking that old Hollywood glamour – but that’s the thing, it was trying to evoke a specific feeling, it was a whole new movie in its own right, it wasn’t a remake and that’s the genius of it.

It’s no secret that the most iconic thing about Clueless is that it’s set in the 90s. It uses bizarre slang and everyone wears incredible outfits, because as we all know 90s fashion was something else.

Relocate this to present day and you lose everything that makes the movie special.

Just as The Breakfast Club was the defining movie of the 80s, Clueless is a film that everyone who grew up in the 90s feels like they have a little ownership of.

Today’s teenagers are a brand new generation and as such they deserve a movie that they can call their own.

But it shouldn’t be Clueless.

We already claimed that one for ourselves.

Make them a new movie, come up with new characters and slap a different title on it, because let’s face it; you’d have to be clueless to try and do anything else.

What do you think of the remake? Let us know in the comments below.

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