Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tip#751: The Joy of Helping Others - Clueless - Miss Match

I recently saw an online ad from Thailand that immediately touched my heart. It was like a mini movie about a man who simply helps a series of people every day with no expectations. The characters and story really expresses the joy of helping others. See ad: Unsung Hero

Around the same time my movie blogger pal Candice Frederick of Reel Talk featured Cher Horowitz from the film Clueless as one of her top 10 iconic movie characters. Her choice inspired me to re-watch Clueless and I rediscovered how fun and witty the film and characters were! Synchronistically it was also about the joys of helping others.

Clueless (1995)

The comedy film, Clueless, is loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma and is about a good-natured but superficial girl named Cher (Alicia Silverstone) who transforms herself when she focused on helping others. She plays matchmaker for two of her teachers, gives a makeover to a new student and later captain’s her school’s disaster relief effort. Cher wanted to live a more purposeful life beyond her passion for fashion, shopping and being popular at school. See: movie trailer

This highly entertaining comedy is a witty, funny and insightful movie that made a lasting impression in pop culture with its many catch phrases and a playful, adorable performance by Silverstone. It is also filled with important life lessons such as finding fulfillment helping others in need.

Miss Match TV series (2003)

There is a short lived TV show called Miss Match that I loved because I always felt it was like a sequel to Clueless. It also starred Silverstone as Kate Fox an attorney lawyer working for her dad’s firm and is a matchmaker on the side. See the similarities? Silverstone’s character embodies the same heart and bubbly spirit as Cher from Clueless and has a passion for helping others.

The show is currently not available on DVD or Netflix so watch most of the episodes on Youtube. Unfortunately the quality of video is not great and some unaired episodes are hard to find online. Here are first 5 episodes of 18:

Miss Match: Episode 1
Miss Match: Episode 2
Miss Match: Episode 3
Miss Match: Episode 4
Miss Match: Episode 5 (unaired)
Miss Match: Full Episode listing

I’m a big fan of this show because of the characters, funny and insightful stories and Kate’s giving spirit. Clueless and Miss Match inspires me to continue to help people in my life and work as well as strangers whenever I can. It always feels so good! Hopefully you are inspired by movies and TV shows to also experience the joys of helping others!

“I decided I needed a complete make-over, except this time I'd make-over my soul.” 
Clueless (1995) 

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Candice Frederick said...

awww any post about Clueless is worth reading! Not only does Cher realize her own altruism, but the influence this film has had on pop culture (and bringing attention to jane austen's classic for modern viewers) is so amazing. I actually never saw Miss Match. Maybe I should finally watch it on netflix.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

So true Candice! And unfortunately Miss Match series is not on Netflix or DVD. Check out the episode links on Youtube I posted to get a sample of the show.