21 Life Lessons We Learned from 'Clueless'

21 Life Lessons We Learned from 'Clueless'

On the 21st anniversary of the cult classic, we offer one invaluable life lesson learned for each year since Cher, Dionne, and the homies of Beverly Hills first stole our hearts on the silver screen

On the 21st anniversary of the cult classic, we offer one invaluable life lesson learned for each year since Cher, Dionne, and the homies of Beverly Hills first stole our hearts on the silver screen

Text: William Defebaugh

1. The best comebacks are short and sweet; don't give your foes the added attention by spending unnecessary breath.

2. It is possible for a movie's plot to foreshadow its cast members' careers. Just as Cher was temporarily overthrown by Tai, so too was Alicia Silverstone by Brittany Murphy (may she forever rest in peace).

3. Always be intelligent about when, where, and how often you smoke.

4. Make sure to always consult with your significant other before any major hairstyle change.

5. Never doubt your fabulousness; if he's not interested, he's probably gay. Also, if he likes fashion even more than you do, he's probably gay.

6. "Whatever" is the single most effective word for ending any argument (that you know you're losing).

7. Be careful who you makeover—they might just stab you in the back.

8. If you're former step siblings, it's not really incest.

9. Don't be embarrassed about your plastic surgery—especially when it helps you get out of physical activity.

10. Never call your girlfriend "woman."

11. It's okay to get creative with your insults, and add a bit of culture where applicable.

12. There's no bad mood or feeling of "ickiness" that a good ole fashion makeover can't help.

13. When you go to a party in the Valley, make sure you always have a ride home.

14. When it comes to best friends, you should always be honest about your dishonesty.

15. Always defend your fashion choices.

16. Old people need love, too—so why not do everything you can do to help two sweet, wizened souls find happiness in one another? Plus, doing things for other people makes you feel good!

17. It's okay to be a virgin (or: you're not a prude, you're just highly selective).

18. "Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good."

19. You should always obey the laws of the road (even if Cher doesn't).

20. Always choose your friends for the right reasons.

21. History is important! Especially literature history—after all, the film is an adaptation of Jane Austen's 1815 novel, Emma, without which we would have no Cher, Dionne, or anyone else.

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