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Screens for Teens: Clueless

A young woman with a confused facial expression sits in the driver’s seat of a car.
© Paramount Pictures

Film

In-Person
Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

This series of contemporary and classic films is specially curated for teenagers in and around Cambridge. The selection, including both short and feature-length films, is meant to provide teens with an opportunity to watch work focused explicitly on their experiences. Covering a range of topics, emotions, and nuances, these free films—depending on length and scope—will be followed by conversation with faculty from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

About today’s film:
Clueless, 1995 (Paramount Pictures; English; 97 min.)

Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after “great singers of the past that now do infomercials,” are pampered upper-class girls who care less about getting good grades than wearing the right clothes and being as popular as possible. But Cher, who lives with her tough yet warm-hearted lawyer dad (Dan Hedaya) and hunky, sensitive stepbrother (Paul Rudd), also has an innate urge to help those less fortunate like the two introverted teachers she brings together (“negotiating” improved grades for herself in the process) and new friend Tai (Brittany Murphy), who starts out a geek and ends up a Cher prodigy. Cher also possesses her own sensitive side, and she is looking for the perfect boyfriend, whom she ends up finding where she least expected.

Free admission, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations may be arranged by clicking on the event on this form beginning on Thursday, September 1, after 10am.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open at 1:30pm.

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