Clueless: there is something to be said about Amy Heckerling’s idea of transplanting Jane Austen’s social politics of XIXth century England to present-day high school, but the resulting comedy is just too loud and shallow, just the way its protagonist is. The idea of the character, a self-absorbed and successful kid who decides to meddle in other people’s lives, travels well, but the same cannot be said about her mission and emotional journey. Her eventual romance is unconvincing and a bit icky. The performances are all broad, but Alicia Silverstone is convincing as the airhead protagonist; Brittany Murphy and Stacey Dash are also good as her, well, equally clueless clique. Paul Rudd is charming but bland. The film’s aesthetics as a whole, in particular Mona May’s costumes, is joyfully over-the-top.