Completely enjoyable on its own--carried by a confident, spirited performance by Alicia Silverstone. But that's only a part of the appeal. Jane Austen fans will also recognize a brilliant retelling of her 1815 novel, Emma. Rather than a more direct restatement, like From Prada to Nada (nee Sense and Sensibility), Clueless is much more imaginative and sophisticated in re-characterizing from the original to this film. Quite an achievement by director/writer Amy Heckerling.