It’s really hard to explain why Clueless is great to people who don’t get it, but at the very least we can agree that it helped give us Paul Rudd. Besides Clueless, Amy Heckerling also directed the equally culty classics Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Johnny Dangerously (it’s fargin’ war!). She hasn’t done much since then, unfortunately, unless you count a couple forgettable movies including one called Loser featuring Jason Biggs making an L on his forehead on the cover. Well now she’s back with a new comedy starring Alicia Silverstone and that chick from Don’t Trust the B etc. etc. God what an obnoxious title. Anyway, Vamps is about a couple eternally-young vampires living, loving, and dating in the big city. Sadly, the trailer mostly reminds us that it’s been a long time since Clueless (Alicia Silverstone has gone from sex symbol to that weirdo who pre-chews her baby’s food like a sparrow), and that pretty much every iteration of the Vampire ___ has already been done to death. Also, with a vampire party girl plot I think they missed a golden opportunity to call it Sucks in the City.
In fairness, it’s hard to get across the campy tone of a good Amy Heckerling movie in a trailer (she’s one of very few who’s ever done camp well), but this looks more like a show on TBS than a movie. It’s hitting DVD November 13th, the day after it hits theaters, which seems like a bad sign.