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comedy, romance

Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
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Charming, funny take on Jane Austen's Emma.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie contains some strong language, scenes of teens drinking and taking drugs, and some implied sex. There's also a lot of therapeutic shopping. It's edgy, but teens can handle it.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the ways that Cher is less than honest with herself about her motivations for her "good deeds," and what different choices she might have made. Tai is also a character who is less than true to herself, and pays a price. Was what she went through worth it? Does Cher learn and grow over the course of the story? Families might also want to look at Austen's novel and see how the adaptation reflects the original.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A fresh, disarmingly bright and at times explosively funny comedy well worth a trip to the mall, even if it eventually runs out of gas.

- Brian Lowry, Variety, Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Fresh: ...although the movie isn't quite the classic it's been made out to be, it's a mindlessly diverting way to kill 97 minutes.

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fresh: While Cher and the other characters here may seem vacuous and spoiled, Heckerling -- who wrote the script as well -- is a gentle satirist.

- Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

As if!

- citawijaya, Thursday, November 4, 2010

5 stars

Such a adorable teen comedy!!! Alicia Silverstone is absolutely beautiful & Paul Rudd is adorable as always. I really love this movie!!! :) :) :) :)

- movieguru12, Thursday, October 20, 2011

4 stars

"Why should I listen to you, anyway? You're a virgin who can't drive." Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills, must survive the ups and downs of adolescent life. Her external demeanor at first seems superficial, but rather it hides her wit, charm, and intelligence which help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life. REVIEW Who would have thought that the best screen adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma" would emerge from an updated parody set in a Beverly Hills high school and directed by Amy Heckerling? But that's exactly what has happened with this film. Heckerling obviously gets that Austen's continuous appeal lies in the fact that her stories remain relevant and timely---so why not update it, make the character of Emma (Cher here, played by the adorable Alicia Silverstone) a daffy valley girl, and fill the movie to the brim with pop-culture references and one very funny vignette after another? After all, the spirit and tone of "Emma" emerges unscathed. Comedic performances are always underrated, maybe because they look so easy, but Silverstone really deserves a lot of praise for this movie. It would be nothing without her performance.

- mrpopcorn, Tuesday, July 27, 2010