The Taming of the Shrew is one of my least favorite Shakespeare plays, but I love this movie. Come for the Bard references, stay for young Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger.
10 Things I Hate About You is an absolutely flawless teen movie from the 90’s which is based on Shakespeare's “The Taming of the Shrew.” It features Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) who is a strong, smart, feminist female lead as well as cute bad-boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) who wins her over with his undeniable charm and amazing singing skills. This movie is pure gold and can be watched a thousand times without getting old. The soundtrack is also so great, you’ll be singing along the whole time. 5/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
It's well acted, but somewhat cheesy plot. What elevates it beyond the other teen movies of the time was the performances. What I really appreciated was the commentary by the cast and crew which was not long after Heather Ledger's death. The commenatary was more interesting than the movie itself. Larissa Oleynik was great, but for some reason never really hit it big. It's only an above average movie, but is far superior than any of those crummy teen movies from the late 90s-early 2000s.
This update of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is funny, sweet and one of my favorite teen movies. Released in 1999, it is in the same league as the teen movies John Hughes wrote in the '80s. This was Heath Ledger's American film debut. "F.N.T." by Minnesota's own Semisonic is featured in the film and on the soundtrack. I recommend 10 Things I Hate About You for teens and for adults of all ages who enjoy teen movies (I think it probably just means we are young at heart--that's what I'm going with). It is rated PG-13 for crude sex-related humor and dialogue, alcohol and drug-related scenes, all involving teens.
VERY GOOD 1999 full production 'teen' comedy movie. Times have changed since i was a teen, but I did find this film enjoyable on several levels and particularly enjoyed the period humor, etc. Fine writing, film production, and acting by everyone - fun to hear Heath Ledger's subdued Australian accent.
A delightful, humor-filled homage to Shakespeare, with many sexual jokes as the bard would've wanted.
Far from being Shakespeare Lite, this reimagining is fresh and retains most of the complexity of the original source material. It is NOT dumbed down, and the cast is very good.
A fun modern take on Taming Of The Shrew. Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger really own the film, making it memorable as the two leads, with a lot of chemistry between them.
10 Things I Hate About You is just bad. That is all. I'd give it no star but half a star is as low as you can go.
This was clearly a masterpieces that everyone should see. A funny twist for anyone.
"10 Things I Hate About You" is based on the Shakespearean play, "The Taming of the Shrew." It follows the teen melodrama of Padua High, focusing on the love lives of sisters Kat and Bianca Straford (played by Julia Stiles and Larisa Oleynik, respectively). Kat isn't boy-crazed; she's opinionated and self-reliant, which is refreshing to see. She has greater depth than her shallow little sister, Bianca, who just wants to go shopping with her girlfriends and partying with cute boys. The story unfolds when the new kid, Cameron (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), falls in love with Bianca, but due to her father's strict rules on dating, Cameron must first find Kat a love interest. When Cameron's best friend Michael (played by David Krumholtz) spots grungy bad boy, Patrick (played by Heath Ledger), they know he's the guy for Kat. Patrick isn't looking for a girlfriend, though, so he asks for them to make it worth his while. Joey (played by Andrew Keegan), a rich fashion model who also attends Padua High and has eyes for the virginal Bianca, agrees to pay Patrick to take out Kat, but it's not long before the plan begins to backfire. When it comes to adaptations of Shakespeare, filmmakers often take one of two paths: too modern (as is the case with the Amanda Bynes popcorn flick "She's The Man") or too Elizabethan (as in Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet"). However, "10 Things I Hate About You" finds a comfortable medium by introducing a Shakespeare-obsessed character, Mandela, who gives the film a shot of the old Bard's rhyme and rhythm. Furthermore, a strong script from screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith gave the film charm while remaining true to its source material. What other teen film could pull off the line, "I burn, I pine, I perish," without feeling cheesy? The film was released in 2000, so that's a remarkable feat. Since the film is set in the Seattle suburbs, the music scene is just as important, as any Washingtonian would attest. The soundtrack reflects the ska-infused late-nineties flavour with songs from Letters to Cleo and Save Ferris. Though greatly entertaining, "10 Things I Hate About You" isn't particularly realistic, especially in terms of the grown-up characters, like the school administration and the parents of the main characters. They're funny, but they're caricatures. The film is about breaking stereotypes ultimately, which veers a little away from the original message of "The Taming of the Shrew," but I like the modernization here. Needless to say, films don't have to be plausible to be great. "10 Things I Hate About You" made stars out of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles, and the late great Heath Ledger. When you see their performances here, there's no question why.
one of my favorite movies in hs. The actors were all really good & it's a cute Shakespeare adaptation.
First movie to showcase the acting talent of Julia Stiles, one of the greatest and most underrated actors of our time. Any movie with Ms. Stiles should be seen.
One of 3 Julie Stiles Shakespeare related films in the late 90s/early 00s. Also see "Hamlet" and "O."
Smartly written and well put together, this deftly avoids every possible pitfall that might stand in the way of making a silly teenage Shakespearean adaptation. It is also helped by the impressive screen presence of Ledger and Stiles, both of whom really shine.
Best movie ever <33 I am so in love with this movie and Heath Ledger. I miss him so much... despite the >2 star reviews I give this movie 5 stars...more if I could. Love Heath, Julia, and the whole cast ^.^
I have seen it often. It is a funny, adolescent, with witty humor movie. There is good acting that keeps me coming back to watch it. It is a fun and mindless to watch.
Julia Stiles and a heartbreakingly young Heath Ledger play a high school Kate and Petruchio in this clever adaptation of _The Taming of the Shrew_. "Kat" is an assertive teen feminist, terrifying her teachers and (brainless) male classmates with her acerbic wit. In order to date her rather vapid younger sister, new kid Cameron bribes "Patrick" to date Kat. Of course Pat's a sweet natured romantic under his bad boy swagger, and he and Kat soon realize they're made for each other. Watch for Patrick's football field serenade to Kat: "You're Just too Good to Be True".
Worse than I thought it would be. It had potential, but fell very flat. Skip this one.
a definite chick flick. i loved it, i mean it is a litte old, but all the same i loved it, and no one could have pulled the heath ledger dance but him( R.I.P. Heath Ledger you will be missed) but having said that. it's the type of movie for a romantic night in, or just friend time. but trust me watch it it is worth seeing if only just for the singing/dance scene by Heath.