22 Fun Facts About Clueless

The 1995 film Clueless was a favorite coming-of-age film for a large section of the internet generation. It made an entire cohort think of “Cher” as a different person from who the rest of us think of. But as for any movie, there are a lot of fun facts behind the scenes you probably didn’t know. For example, as much as writer-director Amy Heckerling studied teenage girls to write the dialogue, not all of the humor came from the script.

3. The "Haitians" Mispronunciation Was All Silverstone.

You know how Cher rallies for America opening its borders to the Haiti-ans? The script read "Haitians" and Silverstone made an honest mistake. But before producers could rush in and correct her, Heckerling demanded they let her go. "I had to stop them," she remembers. "It was much funnier the way she said it. That was Cher."

4. Reese Witherspoon Could Have Been Cher.

Witherspoon already had a few film roles to her credit in The Man in The Moon, A Far Off Place and Jack The Bear. Silverstone only had the Lolita-horror feature The Crush on her filmography. But with no pressure from the studio to cast stars, Heckerling picked the ingénue who she felt had "that Marilyn Monroe thing" that captured "a vague notion in my head of Cher as a pretty, sweet blonde, who, in spite of being the American ideal, people still really like."

There are plenty of video clips to accompany 22 Fun Facts About Clueless at mental_floss.

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