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Amy Heckerling The Depiction Of Female Characters In 'fast Times At Ridgemont High' And 'clueless'

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How Amy Heckerling represents female characters through low comedy in two films she directed - Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless.Heckerling's directorial debut was the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this film can be classified a cult classic. The film follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California and the sexual misadventures of the lead character Stacy as she searches for a love interest. Along her journey Stacy is helped along by her older and so called wiser classmate Linda. Throughout the center of the film is Jeff Spicoli played by Sean Penn, a stoned surfer who has his own battle with the unyielding Mr. Hand who believes all his students are on pot. Stacy's elder brother floats through the film as a comic relief with his search for a new job, though he comes through for Stacy at the end of the film (http://www.hollywoodteenmovies.com/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh.html). Thirteen years down the track Amy Heckerling once again delves into the teen film genre with Clueless. This time around Heckerling explores the absurd world of the ultra popular Cher and her best friend Dionne. While basing her script on the 1816 novel Emma by Jane Austin as a source of inspiration the storyline included outrageously priced clothes, plastic surgery and the ever-important mall. The film follows Cher on her vow to give new girl Tai an up-to-the-minute makeover and give her a chance of survival in the harsh world of Bronson Alcott High School, while also searching for love for others when she actually stumbles upon love herself (http://www.hollywoodteenmovies.com/CLUELESS.html).Beneath the surface of Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High's lightheartedness and lively humor lies a lot more than what we see at first sight. Director Amy Heckerling employs particular techniques in both of her films in a means to address themes such as gender differences, adolescent sexuality and parenthood. More often than not the association between female directors such as Amy Heckerling and Martha Coolidge and genres such as the teen film, comedy and romance has regularly come about to be seen as in fact reinforcing a gendered hierarchy. However if we are to take a detailed look at Heckerling's films it is quite obvious to see that her work differs and actually offers a more complex view of the relationship that lies between women directors, teenage audiences and Hollywood entertainment. While on one hand Heckerling's films exemplify Hollywood's affinity to absorb and de-politicize feminist values, on the other hand her career has reflected the role of up to date female film directors in expanding the normal teen film and low comedy beyond their long-established conventional male obsession (Speed, 2002).Both Clueless and Fast Times are films that are based on novels by other writers, yet in each of these films the most outstanding and commented upon elements found in the film are those, which in fact differ from the original novel. In regard...

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