10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.


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  • Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  • Julia Stiles and Susan May Pratt in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  • Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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8 December 2004 | MovieAddict2016
7
| Pretty good overall
Based on Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," "10 Things I Hate About You" offers a refreshing revival of the "good" teen films, as compared to the "typical" teen films.

It's based on Shakespeare's story somewhat loosely. It's about a teenaged girl whose father will not allow her to date. Finally he comes up with a clever idea - if she can convince her older sister (who is a strict, boring "b***") to date someone, the younger sibling can as well. Her father knows this is as realistic as saying "When pigs begin to fly" but then he can't be accused of being unfair.

"10 Things..." is overall pretty good. It's better than I thought it would be. It has some funny moments, it's got a talented cast with some older actors popping up in various humorous roles, etc. It's not as refreshing or unique as a John Hughes teen comedy but it certainly plays upon some of the clichés of the genre (invented by Hughes no less) to good effect.

Overall, I was impressed with the movie, and the actors, and that's saying a lot considering it's a teen film (a genre I have come to loathe recently with entries such as "Slackers" etc.).

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During a Q&A with the screenwriters, Karen McCullah revealed where the title came from. "The title is based on a diary entry I made in high school," she explained. "I had a boyfriend named Anthony that I was frequently unhappy with. I made a list called Things I Hate About Anthony. When Kirsten [Smith] and I decided to write this, I went through all of my high school diaries to bone up on the angsty memories, and when I told her about that list, she was like, 'That's our title.'"

It turns out her ex-boyfriend likes the movie. "Anthony is very proud of that fact," McCullah said. "We're still friends today. And every now and then I'll get a random phone call in the middle of night: 'My nephew doesn't believe that this title is about me. Tell him.' On the phone, I'm like, 'Yes, I hated Anthony in high school.'"


Quotes

Bianca: Can we for two seconds ignore the fact that you're severely unhinged and discuss my need for a night of teenage normalcy?
Walter Stratford: What's normal? Those damn Dawson's River kids, sleeping in each other's beds and whatnot?


Goofs

At Bogey's party, Kat walks up to Patrick and her hair is down, they talk and her hair is pulled back, she walks away to dance on the table and her hair is down again.


Crazy Credits

During the credits there are practical jokes made by cast and crew and also goofs - including scenes that didn't make the final cut.


Alternate Versions

Alternate versions of scenes with blatant sexual references were filmed for the television version, including:

  • Kat saying, "I warned him that if he told anyone, the cheerleading squad would find out how tiny... he was."
  • Patrick saying, "Don't say that kind of crap to me, people can hear you."
  • Patrick saying, "What's with this girl? Does she have beer flavored boobs?"


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One Week (Remix)
Written by
Ed Robertson
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Special Products

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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