You have to hand it to Amy Heckerling; she managed to do what few directors did before or after–define two generations with two extremely successful movies.  In the 80’s, she made Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which is still one of my mom’s favorite movies, and in the 90’s she brought us Clueless, which is one of my favorite movies.  At the time when Clueless was made, I was too young for it (I was 8 or 9 at the time), but within a few years I loved it–although not as much as my classmates, who seemed to have memorized every single line, even if they didn’t understand them.  (I seriously doubt they had any idea what “hymenally challenged” or “riding the crimson wave” meant.)

For the longest time, this scene made me wish for a cute, but dorky step-brother that would fall completely head over heals in love with me.  Too bad that wasn’t/isn’t happening for me or really anyone outside of a romance novel or rom-com.  oh well.  I guess there’s always Paul Rudd, who was adorkable long before Zoey Deschanel made that cool.  (Plus, who knew that almost 20 years later, Paul Rudd would be doing more movies than Alicia Silverstone or that he wouldn’t have aged all that much–except for the brief period of time when he was on Friends and in The 40-Year-Old Virgin when he looked like a bit of a bum, who needed a good haircut and a shower.)


Romance novels have been a part of my life since I was 14 years old and one of my neighbors dropped off a laundry basket full of Harlequins. From that day on, my nose was always in a book. I started my first review site in 2013, but took some time off for personal issues in 2018.

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