So what is the most influential film of the '90s? A good case could be made for "Clueless", a movie that does as much to encapsulate the age of Britney-era M-TV as, well, "Pulp Fiction" encapsulated the culture of 'ironic', grunge-era M-TV. Or you could compare it with the Heckerling-directed but Crowe-scripted "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" as a study in contrasts. "Clueless" is surely Heckerling's own darling child, a triumph of writing and direction that is obviously derived from Jane Austen's "Emma" without being derivative in any bad sense of the word. Shot in sassy, lollipop colors by Dick Pope, the film exudes an impossible sense of cheer as it navigates the social misfortunes and triumphs of our giddy heroine, Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone with a comic oomph that ensures her a place in film history regardless of how many flops she suffered since. For all of its of-the-moment trendiness (and though I realize the film is, as a certain demographic judges these things, "old" already, I have to give it snaps for maintaining its youthful feel) "Clueless" feels like some classic comedy of the '30s or '40s powdered up with Calvin Klein outfits and a pop soundtrack. It treats its sexual and social themes gently, with a classiness that hasn't been matched by even the best subsequent teen comedies. That's significant considering almost every teen comedy since has benefited from the format "Clueless" laid out. Its sweetly satiric tone, jazzy pace, and vivid colors can be seen in films as diverse as "Legally Blonde", "Josie and the Pussycats", and "Bring It On". Even neo-teen raunch flicks like "American Pie" probably owe their comparative sensitivity to "Clueless". It proved that the teen demographic would appreciate a film with style. The script, direction, performances, etc. all provide style in abundance. In the teen comedy genre, "Clueless" stands proud as its "Citizen Kane".