On May 7, 2014, several stars and filmmakers from the 1995 teen comedy film "Clueless" reunited for a panel discussion at Film Independent's pre-Los Angeles Film Festival outdoor screening of the movie. The event was held at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
In "Clueless" (which is loosely based on Jane Austen's novel "Emma"), Alicia Silverstone stars as wealthy and spoiled high-school teen Cher Horowitz, who considers herself to be a expert in style and social popularity. Cher goes on a mission to give a makeover to a geeky female classmate named Tai (played by Brittany Murphy). Meanwhile, Cher tries to navigate her own love life, which includes a crush on a fashionable classmate named Christian (played by Justin Walker).
According to Us Weekly, Silverstone said during the reunion about her portrayal of Cher Horowitz: "I thought I was channeling Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball. And obviously that wasn't the case. But I just felt like that!"
"Clueless" co-stars Stacey Dash (who played Dionne Davenport, Cher's best friend) and Elisa Donovan (who played classmate Amber Mariens) were also the reunion, and so were "Clueless" writer/director Amy Heckerling and "Clueless" costume designer Mona May. Film producer Stephanie Allain moderated the Q&A.
Some of the "Clueless" co-stars who were not at the event, such as Walker, Paul Rudd (who played Josh, Cher's former stepbrother, a college student who lives with Cher and her father), Donald Faison (who played Murray, Dionne's boyfriend), Breckin Meyer (who played classmate Travis) and Dan Hedaya (who played Cher's father, Mel Horowitz).
Walker, Meyer and Faison were part of the "Clueless" reunion organized by Entertainment Weekly in 2012 for the magazine's annual reunions issue. Silverstone, Dash, Donovan and Twink Caplan (who played Ms. Geist in the movie) were also at Entertainment Weekly's "Clueless" reunion.
Murphy died in 2009 of pneumonia, anemia and drug intoxication. According to Us Weekly, Murphy's father, Angelo Bertolotti, was in the audience at the "Clueless" reunion.
Before Silverstone found international fame in "Clueless," she starred in a trio of Aerosmith music videos in 1994: "Cryin'," "Crazy" and "Amazing." Heckerling said in the reunion Q&A that she wanted to cast Silverstone as Cher Horowitz when she saw Silverstone in the "Cryin'' video, when Silverstone famously gives the middle finger sign at the end of the video. Heckerling remembered, "I saw the 'Cryin' video for Aerosmith and when Alicia gave the finger, I said, 'There's my girl. We met, and I just loved her immediately."
Dash commented on her "Clueless" movie experience: "We had so much fun. [Amy Heckerling] had such a clear vision and she was able to translate it to us perfectly."
"Clueless" is available on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and digital download. The movie was a sleeper hit when it was released and grossed $56.6 million in U.S. theaters, according to Box Office Mojo.
The "Clueless" movie spawned a TV series of the same name that had some of the same cast members of the movie, including Dash and Blanchard, but not Silverstone and Rudd. The "Clueless" TV series lasted for three seasons (from 1996 to 1999), with the first season on ABC and the last two seasons on UPN.