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You know how teen flicks are usually shallow, stereotypical, poorly
written tripe? And you know how most romantic comedies are shallow,
stereotypical, chick flicks?
Well, this film will forever put those films to shame. Brilliantly written, funny and warm this film deserves a spot on everyone's Watched list. And anybody with a teenager should buy a hard copy, because they will love it.
I feel that I am fairly well qualified to write a review of this film, as I have been conducting an unofficial study of teenage behaviour for the last 25 years as a high school teacher, and I have been showing this film to my classes every year since about 2000. All up, I have probably watched this film about 5 times a year for the last 15 years. And I still enjoy it!
The writers are to be commended for this film - rarely do you see a film that can blend comedy with true human experience. This is a film where every scene and every shot has been carefully crafted - and the meaning is not lost on a younger audience.
I could write about the storyline here, or give you a few of the many really funny one liners or tell you about the brilliant casting (the actors really are perfect). But instead I will just leave you with this - nearly 2 decades on and this film is STILL enthralling teenage audiences. For that alone it deserves a spot in the list of greatest teen flicks of all time. Students, today, have stills of this film on their smart phones and they tell me it's their favourite film, like, ever. Do you know how nearly impossible that is? To create a teenage flick that both guys and girls will love? Or a film with a PG rating but young adult humour? Or to make a film about teenage angst where every viewer walks away identifying with the characters and feeling empowered? Lets not hold back here, a film that can win over audience after audience, for nearly two decades deserves 10 stars - even if it is just a light hearted, teen comedy. I'm bringing out my green pen and giving this a great big tick and smiley face, well done.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
After hearing lots of good commentaries involving this movie, I thought maybe it would be a refreshing teenager comedy. Its title doesn't fit with the plot or story-- actually it makes sense only in a fast scene in the end. Several moments of this picture are similar to the controversial "Not Another Teen Movie", the difference is that "10 things" doesn't make jokes or references to other films. Heath Ledger doesn't show any differential in his acting-- people would never imagine him as the unbeatable Joker in "The Dark Knight" years later. Rest of the cast is just okay and the plot is the classic American stereotypical, just like in the other teen pictures. Don't expect too much from "10 Things I Hate About You".
...for a refreshing movie like 10 things I hate about you. Let's be
honest, maybe back in the day when this movie first came out people
thought it was only so-so... but having just watched it again after all
these years, well I bloody well loved it. There was just something
about the 90s. There was less technology to hide behind, feelings were
more true, movies were more original and actually funny. And who would
of thought the underdogs like Joseph Gordon-Levitt would of turned out
as handsome as he has today? What I'm basically trying to say is give
this film another chance because it definitely deserves more than
6.9/10 rating! It has everything: real visions of high school, crazy
cliques, teenage angst, HEATH LEDGER IN GLITTERY TIGHT PANTS, real
chemistry & etc. It was just a really cute, cute movie I don't know how
else to put it. Instead of just everyone sleeping with each other
throughout (ahem, seems to be a popular storyboard these days) 10
things had the works: Pretty boys aiming for the fresh meat, caring but
somewhat psychotic parents (can relate), misconstrued images of one
another, I mean the last one in particular DEFINED high school for me.
No one was who you thought they were, in fact they were better.
So in conclusion, I demand thee to give this another go, it doesn't take much effort (I watched it on Youtube :) and please, this message goes out to all IMDb members and movie watchers alike: stop being so darn critical! Especially about the 90s, leave them alone. They will forever remain pure nostalgia for me and I'm sure many others.
I'd give this film 11 out of 10 if I could. It is so faithful to the
original Shakespeare play whilst being hip and up to date. I fell in
love with Heath Ledger and in fact I began to watch other Julia Stiles
and Heath Ledger films off the back of this. From the opening to the
close this film grabs you.
I have watched it too many times to count and it is on TV right now and I'm watching it again. Every time is like the first. It has classic lines: "Mr Stratford, it's just a party!" "And Hell is just a sauna!" I even bought the soundtrack. It is laugh out loud from beginning to end and I just love it. My all-time favourite film ever!!
There is a growing library of films that re-make, revision, re-do, and otherwise re-show many of Shakespeare's plays. In this case, Taming of the Shrew is
done as a 1990's love story between a not so interested "Shrew" and a boy
equally uninterested in her. It has its moments with some good one-liners but that is about it. Regardless of the fact that it gains its inspiration from a Shakespeare classic, this is no different from the many Teen-love comedies
released as films and television series.
It is still worth the cost of a rental but don't expect anything great. Of the Shakespeare-to-film movies, this is likely the worst or very close to it.
One thing about the Bard -- he knew the plots that touches everyone's lives,
no matter where on the social strata or when in history they may be. It is
made apparent in the case of Cameron James, new kid in school, as he falls
for the lovely Bianca, who cannot date until her older shrewish sister Kat
will date. But Kat doesn't WANT to date, and thus Cameron must scheme to
find a suitable guy for this harpy-with-the-heart-of-gold if he is to win
the fair Bianca.
Julia Stiles may be no Elizabeth Taylor, but then, she doesn't have to be. This flick relays the same message to a brand-new audience and is fun and entertaining to boot (plus I don't think Taylor could dance on a table quite like Stiles does in one of the more memorable scenes.)
In the end, this is a charming movie that will entertain and educate high-schoolers as well as those several years past graduating. After all, Shakespeare knew what he was writing about -- there is no age limit when it comes to matters of the heart!
I adore this movie. I've seen it about 10 times, and I'm sure I'll be watching it again! It's cute, it's funny, it's smart and definitely enjoyable. The first time I saw this movie I was 23, and even though I was skeptical (another one of those boring and predictable teen flicks?), I was blown away. The actors are all great - even the guy who portrays Joey, the underwear model, is somehow cute. I mean, he's kind of the "bad guy" of the movie, but I like him anyway, he's just funny. The best character was Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) in my opinion, Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) a close second. Julia got to show a whole lot of emotions onscreen, and she's bloody good! I hadn't seen Heath Ledger in any movie before 10 things, and I have to admit I developed a soft spot for him afterwards. But hey, I'm just a girl! Anyway, a very enjoyable film. Good fun.
When I went to see 10 Things I Hate About You, I expected the usual
pointless romantic comedy, where the romance is unbelievable and the
part seriously lacking. Instead I got an excellent plot and funny jokes
actual chemistry between the leads. As it is a modern remake of
Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew, you might think you need to know
about the play, but in reality the plot of the film is different and only
the occasional bit of name-dropping has any connection to the play. Julia
Stiles as Kat is undoubtedly the best actress, with Larisa Oleynik as her
sister Bianca (an airhead eerily similar to Clueless' Cher) is also funny
and believable. Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are also good as
eventual boyfriends. The dialogue is hilarious and while the romantic plot
is corny, it is entertaining (although the happily ever after ending is a
bit too routine). The soundtrack and in particular the main title song (by
Letters to Cleo) are catchy and the outakes at the end are good, although
including outakes of scene that were taken out of the end movie is kind of
confusing. I would recommend 10 Things I Hate About You to absolutely
as it is hilarious and without doubt the best romantic comedy I have ever
10 Things I hate About You has a wonderful soundtrack, an awsome
and gives a whole new audience the chance to appreciate a classic, even if
they don't realize it.
The remake of Taming of the Shrew is done beautifully, in a way to
the point of the story across to a whole new generation who would probably
never read the original story anyway. The soundtrack provides the same
idea, with great remakes and samples by modern yet somewhat underground
bands. The soundtrack is as great as the movie.
Julia Stiles, admittedly my favorite actress to date, seems to
"be" Kat, she plays the part so well. And Heath Ledger is her perfect
match in every way...they even have the same smile. Larrisa Olynik is
almost as convincingly clueless as Alicia Silverstone's Cher, and Joseph
Gordon Levitt was perfect in his puppy love.
The cast was great, the story line was great, the music was great,
I couldn't appreciate the movie more. It was a cool and convincing way to
bring Shakespeare up to speed (though universally classic as he is) and to
just plain have fun. The 10 is in the title for a reason.
There was ONLY one good thing I loved about this film and that was Heath Ledger. What I hated would take more space than allowed, however I can't resist a few inspired comments. I am a HUGE fan of Will Shakespeare. I sat through Leo DiCaprio's modern version of Romeo & Juliet without major trauma, but this remake of Taming of the Shrew, shredded my innards. From a raucous soundtrack to mindless teenage acting to simplistic direction, man, oh man was this one BAD. As I said at the onset, the only redeeming factor was Heath Ledger, who manages to come off good in anything he's associated with. He was the only true actor among this travesty of sleep-walking, boring, over-acting thespians. Duh, gag me with a spoon man...
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