Major news, ‘Clueless’ fans: Cher isn’t who you think she is. Thanks to what appears to be a small continuity error in the beloved 1995 movie, main character Cher actually has two last names. A super attentive fan on IMDb discovered that while most of us know the film’s ingenue to be Cher Horowitz, she’s also referred to as Cher Hamilton in the movie. The proof appears during the scene in which Cher shows her report card to her dad, Mel, and her school addresses the form to Cher Hamilton. That’s not the only confusing moment: When Cher’s dad tosses a piece of mail to the side on camera, it’s addressed to Melvin Hamilton. It’s probably all our poor leading lady can take not to spiral into an identity crisis.
Perhaps Cher’s last name was Hamilton in an earlier draft of the film, and those two props were never adjusted to reflect eventual changes in the script. Another theory, however, is that the props are intentionally incorrect in an homage to the film Fast Times At Ridgemont High, the 1982 movie that features a teenager named Stacy Hamilton muddling her way through high school. If this is true, it makes for a sweet tribute from one teen movie to another.
The bleak truth is that we’ll probably never know the real reason for Cher’s name confusion. Still, we know this much: Once you see the error, you can never un-see it. Take a look at the clip below for yourself! The truth will have you ~totally buggin’.~
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