The Director of Clueless Finally Explained Where â€˜As Ifâ€™ Came From
Besides Mean Girls, is there any film thatâ€™s as universally loved as Clueless?
The classic 1995 comedy, which tells the story of what it was like to be a material girl growing up in a material world a.k.a.Â Beverly Hills in the 90s, has something for everybody to latch on to. Ditzy characters with a lot of heart, fierce fashion, and some of the best quotes to ever be said on a movie set.Â
But wait, did you know that one of the movieâ€™s most iconic lines is also an homage to queer culture?Â
No, really, it’s the phrase “as if!”
Here, letÂ Clueless’Â writer-director Amy Heckerling explain.
â€œAt that time, which was like early 90s, â€˜as if!â€˜ was floating around in the gay community, and I thought it was really a multiuseful, multipurpose word. I thought it would be a good thing for teenagers to be saying,”Â Heckerling revealed in an interview withÂ The Hollywood Reporter, adding, “Some of the people I knew were already beyond â€˜As if,â€™ so they were just going with â€˜Zif!â€
Can you imagine Cher and Di saying “Zif” to each other? As if.
So glad Amy trusted her intuition on that one.
[H/TÂ The Hollywood Reporter]Â