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Loosely based on the novel Emma by Jane Austen, the film tells the story of Cher Horowitz (played in what was a breakthrough role by actor Alicia Silverstone), a valley girl who, although happy in her somewhat self-centered world of shopping and fashion, longs to prove herself as an intellectual and do-gooder. She, along with her friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) decide to give a personality make-over to a "tragically unhip" new girl, Tai (Brittany Murphy). Things backfire, though, when Tai's popularity begins to surpass Cher's, and she has to question what is most important in the life of a wealthy, gorgeous teenage girl.
The film was co-written by (and co-starred) comedienne Julie Brown and co-starred actors Donald Faison as Dionne's boyfriend Murray, Elisa Donovan as Cher's rival Amber, Paul Rudd as Cher's "ex-stepbrother" Josh, Wallace Shawn as Cher's debate teacher Mr. Hall, and Twink Caplan as Cher's mousy history teacher Ms. Geist. Caplan also helped produce the film.
The movie was turned into a TV show with Rachel Blanchard playing the role of Cher. Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, and Elisa Donovan all reprised their roles for the television series, which ran on ABC from 1996 to 1997 and on UPN from 1997 to 1999.
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