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Alicia Silverstone plays Cher, a fifteen year old girl who lives in a Beverly Hills mansion with her litigator father. Her mother died during a routine plastic surgery. Cher's favorite activities include shopping and giving people makeovers. Her life is filled with parties and dances.
Her clothing collection is so large that when she picks out her clothes she does so on a computer and uses a remote to flip to the right part of her closet. Her best friend is Dionne who is as equally wealthy. Cher even gets a brand new Jeep Wrangler to practice driving around in since she doesn't have her license yet.
Sure she's spoiled and superficial, but she's not a heartless person. She does, however, believe that the world revolves around her. For example, when she gets grades that are less than satisfactory, she manipulates her teachers into giving her better grades.
She's clueless when it comes to relationships. She thinks that Dionne and her boyfriend should break up just because he's a high school boy. She develops a huge crush on a gay guy!
Cher and Dionne decide to set up two of their lonely teachers (Mr. Hall and Ms. Geist). At first that seems like a sweet thing to do, until you realize that they're only doing it so the teachers will be in better moods and grade them less strictly. Well, it does work!
At home Cher has her stepbrother Josh to contend with. He's just moved back into town and he says that he would be "surprised if you did anything that wasn't 90% selfish." Well that bothers Cher and she begins to reflect on her life.
At first her idea of doing something selfish is to befriend the new girl (Tye) and give her a makeover and try to find her a boyfriend. But she even messes that up by setting her up with a guy that actually has a crush on her! Cher tells Tye not to be with Travis (the guy she really likes) because he won't contribute to her popularity.
And when Tye starts to like Josh, Cher is intensely jealous and must come to terms with her true feelings about him. Eventually Cher learns to care about people outside of Beverly Hills and takes an active interest in helping those less fortunate than her.
But this movie is hilarious as you watch Cher flub up everything by her constant meddling. She wants to be in control of everyone's life, while her own is racing out of control.
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Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12