It was exactly 20 years ago this weekend, on July 19 of 1995, that the world met Cher, Dionne and Tai—but, if you were going by TIME’s review of the movie back then, you might have been like, whatever.
Though critic Richard Corliss praised Alicia Silverstone’s performance as a “giddy delight” and writer-director Amy Heckerling’s endearing touch with “loosey-goosey comedy,” his overall takeaway was that the plot-driven moments between jokes were dragging down the film:
But, Corliss concluded by asking, would that really affect whether audiences would enjoy the movie? As Cher might say, As if!
Read the full review, here in the TIME Vault: To Live and Buy in L.A.
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