Fun, updated version of Emma satirizes the lives of the rich high school dwellers at
Beverly Hills High. Alicia Silverstone stars as Cher, the most popular girl in school.
She and her friend, Dionne, begin a series of good-natured "projects", to enlighten
the clueless. First, she pairs together two of her teachers, in the knowledge that
happy teachers give better grades. She then sets her sights on improving the
image of the new girl in school, and winning the heart of the handsome new boy for
herself. All of these happenings occur in the delightfully wicked satire of upper upper
class high school life. All of the kids in school carry cellular phones and beepers, and
half are undergoing some form of cosmetic surgery. Alicia Silverstone displays a
heretofore undiscovered comic flair, and adds substance to her well-meaning but light-headed
protaganist. Credit also goes to director Amy Heckerling (who also helmed the high-school
based Fast Times at Ridgemont High), for establishing the film's subtle base of humor.
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