Paul Rudd on ‘Clueless’: ‘It struck a chord with a generation’

Classic '90s teen movie celebrates its 20th anniversary this month (July)

Paul Rudd has shared his thoughts on the lasting impact of Clueless, saying the classic ’90s teen movie “struck a chord with a generation”.

Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, 1995’s Clueless took the premise of Jane Austen’s Emma and relocated it to a modern-day Beverly Hills high school. Alicia Silverstone starred as match-making social butterfly Cher Horowitz, with Rudd playing her former step-brother and eventual love interest Josh.

Asked why the film, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month (July), has remained so popular over the years, Rudd told NME: “I think it’s a clever movie and it’s well made – Amy Heckerling did a great job with it. The fact that it’s [based on] Emma means the actual story is something that’s held up over the years. But Alicia Silverstone is so winning in that part too.”

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Discussing the film’s impact at the time and in subsequent years, Rudd added: “It just struck a chord, I think, with that generation. When it came out, it had been several years since there was a movie for teenagers. It didn’t talk down to them and it kind of captured their world in some ways.”

“People have a nostalgic feeling for it now because they saw it at an age,” the actor concluded.

Rudd’s latest film, Marvel’s Ant-Man, is out in cinemas now. Read the NME review here. The actor discusses the lasting impact of Clueless in the video below.