33 "Clueless" References You Missed As A Kid

These jokes and references probably once went over your head.

1. Cher thinks her life must look like a Noxzema commercial…

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This is what a Noxzema commercial of the mid-’90s looked like.

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2. When Cher says her Jeep is “loqued out,” she means it’s fresh/fly/cool…

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3. The “great singers of the past” (meaning the ’70s) she’s is talking about are (Cher, obvi) and Dionne Warwick.

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Dionne Warwick did infomercials for Psychic Friends Network, while Cher did Lori Davis hair products.

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4. “That Ike and Tina Turner movie” Cher thinks her friends have seen too many times…

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Is What’s Love Got to Do With It, a 1993 biopic about Tina Turner’s life.

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5. Jeepin’ or “vehicular sex” is, you know, hooking up in a car.

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6. It’s not “outie,” it’s “audi.” As in the car brand, Audi.

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7. In this scene, Alicia Silverstone actually mispronounced “Haitians” on her own. Director Amy Heckerling thought the mistake was so good, she kept it in.

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8. This means, according to Cher, that the Haitians should feel free to just show up in America.

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9. “Maudlin music” is Radiohead.

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10. The Galleria is a mall in the San Fernando Valley.

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11. When Cher calls Josh “Kato”…

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She’s referring to Kato Kaelin, the lame guy/witness in the OJ Simpson case who was living in Simpson’s guesthouse. Generally thought of as a freeloader.

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12. Contempo Casual was a mall chain store.

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It is in fact called Contempo CasualS. With an s. Plural.

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13. Cher is implying that all female gym teachers are lesbians. Miss Stoeger is a lesbian. Maybe.

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14. Cher’s “secret admirer” note is a quote she thinks comes from Cliff’s Notes. It is one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets, which begins, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

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15. “The Crimson Wave” is a bunch of girls on their periods.

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16. TreePeople is an environmental non-profit organization.

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17. When Dee says Josh is going through his “post-adolescent idealistic phase”…

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She means to say that Josh is acting like a know-it-all.

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18. “Barneys” and “Bettys” are a reference to the Flintstones characters, a Betty being a babe, and a Barney being a lame guy.

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19. When Dee says Tai is “toe-up,” it means she’s “ugly from toe to head.”

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20. A “Baldwin,” Clueless slang for a hot guy, refers to the Baldwin Brothers.

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21. An “herbal refreshment” is marijuana. And Tai’s astonishment at coke has nothing to do with Coca-Cola.

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22. The book she’s talking about is A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.

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23. This is a reference to David Lynch’s ’90s TV show about a young girl’s murder — the world of the show is eerie, weird, and surreal.

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24. When Cher corrects Josh’s annoying girlfriend, who thinks Hamlet said, “To thine own self be true”…

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It’s because she saw this 1990 adaptation.

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25. Remember when Cher makes this comparison?

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This is a Pauly Shore movie. It does not have meaning.

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26. This book is a hint that Christian is gay.

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27. Mel says this to Christian because, well, he dresses just like the members of the Rat Pack did.

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28. Billie Holiday is a woman.

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29. Josh calls Christian the “ring-a-ding kid,” which references a Sinatra song.

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30. The movie Christian brings over — Spartacus — is another hint that Christian is gay. That movie is filled with homoeroticism.

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31. When Cher says this, you may not have known what Fred Segal was.

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This is Fred Segal. It is a store in Los Angeles where celebrities like to shop.

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32. This moment is inspired by the 1958 film, Gigi.

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33. This is a bong. And a bong is what you smoke marijuana out of.

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And as a bonus, here’s this moment you never noticed. Here’s Lucy the maid, who is terrified of Mel, hiding behind a door.

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