Teen comedies have been around since Frankie and Annette played beach-blanket bingo in the early '60s. And for the most part, they're as disposable as a tube of Clearasil. But every once in a while, one sneaks up and comes to symbolize a generation of kids-- how they talk, how they dress, how they see the world. Amy Heckerling, who directed 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High, already knew something about that when she decided to spin Jane Austen's Emma into a cotton-candy confection about Bettys, Baldwins, and a ritzy ditzy Beverly Hills rich girl named Cher Horowitz. Still, no one--not even Heckerling--predicted that the little $15 million high school satire that every studio in town had passed on would become so much more than just another teen comedy. When Clueless opened in July 1995, it was a modest hit, landing in second place well behind Apollo 13. But over the past 17 years, it has snowballed into a coming-of-age classic, launching a thesaurus full of quips like "As if" and "Whatever." The movie's cast of fresh-faced unknowns are all grown up. Many of them are now parents themselves. But when they reassembled in July for a class reunion, it was clear that--unlike for some of us--high school was the best time of their lives.
source: my digital copy of EW