Directed By: Gil Junger
Release Year: 1999
Length: 1 hour 39 minutes
Adapted from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You is THE rom-com of the late 1990s. A new kid in school, Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls in love with Bianca (Larisa Oleynik)—the girl that every guy has a thing for at school. But because of her strict father, Bianca is not allowed to go to house parties or even prom, let alone date a guy. But their father’s only condition is: Bianca can date only when Kat (Julia Stiles), Bianca’s older sister, begins to date. The complication for Cameron is Kat who, unlike Bianca, prefers reading novels or listening to girl bands rather than going to parties, drinking beer and dating guys. Boys in their high school, according to Kat, are all ‘douchebags’. Cameron’s ultimate goal is to find Kat a boyfriend so that he can finally date Bianca. Thus enters Patrick (Heath Ledger) who is the outcast from down under (because yes, he speaks with the Australian accent even in the movie) with whom everyone from his school is scared of.
My almost-spoiler-free commentary:
What really can I say about this movie? It’s fun, entertaining, funny and romantic. I can’t really deny the fact that the movie manages to grab my attention every time it appears out of nowhere on Tumblr. Although there are many other spin-off movies of the same storyline, this one is a special one because of the cast. The movie has specific scenes that are just adorable and funny, like when (spoiler alert!) Cameron picks Bianca up for prom. And who could have played a better Kat than Julia Stiles? She is the perfect smart, mature and quite obstinate older sister. All in all, a movie that I can watch at least once every year.