Based on William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," 10 Things I Hate About You goes along the plot of one guy liking a girl, but he can't date the girl until he gets her older sister to go out on a date with someone. Of course, the older sister is all but a recluse, and, basically, she's a bitch.
Julia Stiles is the older sister, Kat, and for the last couple of years, she has been getting on the nerves of everyone, including her teachers, her sister, her father, and her counselor. She does not go on dates and she is extremely annoyed by the heartthrob of the school, Joey Donner. Her sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), is the girl that every guy wants to be with (including Joey), but no one wants her affection more than newcomer Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). He learns about the predicament Bianca is in and finds a guy that can connect with Kat. His choice is Patrick (Heath Ledger), an outcast with a strong mind of his own. Of course, the plot gets more and more twisted.
10 Things I Hate About You is a hilarious movie. There are so many smart and funny scenes it is hard to count. Every character is funny in some way or another, and every once in a while, the writer mixes in some tidbits from Shakespeare. The relationships are fairly realistic. There isn't that much comedy towards the end of the movie as it leans more towards the romantic side, but that is to be expected.
The only disappointing thing about the film is that the best relationship does not belong to Patrick and Kat, but to Cameron and Bianca. They are much more enjoyable to watch on screen, and while they get a lot of screen time early on, the latter half of the movie basically ignores them.
10 Things I Hate About You is a great film, with hardly any flaws.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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