Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You


Bibliographical Information:

Title- 10 Things I Hate About You

Director-Gil Junger

Production Company- Touchstone Pictures

Release Date- March 31, 1999 (DVD Oct 12th, 1999)

ASIN- B00000K31Q

Genre(s): Romantic Comedy, Teen Drama

Interest Age: 15 and up (PG-13 rating)

Annotation: In this retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew,” teens can see a modern adaptation staring Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Heath Ledger.

Plot Summary:

Cameron James moves to Seattle and instantly falls for Bianca Stratford. His new friend explains that her father doesn’t let her or her older sister Kat. Kat is known as a shrew. Their father is worried about teen pregnancy. Walter, their dad, decides to change that rule and declares that Bianca can date but only when Kat begins to. Bianca tells Cameron this rule when he asks her out, and he concocts a plan with Bianca (although she is trying to date a different boy named Joey) to find a boy to date Kat. He chooses Patrick Verona. Joey agrees to pay Patrick to date Kat in order to date Bianca. Patrick impresses Kat by liking a lot of things she likes. She agrees to go to a party with him, and Biancais allowed to go as well. At seeing Bianca with Joey, Kat decides to drink and embarrasses herself in front of the school. Kat tries to kiss Patrick, but he pulls away and she leaves. Bianca finds out that she doesn’t like Joey that much, and asks Cameron for a ride home. He tells her how he feels, and they kiss.

Joey pays Patrick money to take Kat to prom. Patrick did not want to do it, but accepted when more money was offered. He wins back Kat’s affection by singing to her in front of the whole soccer team while she is at practice. Bianca agrees to go with Joey, but wants to go with Cameron although he has not asked. Kat tells Bianca that she used to date Joey, and that she had had sex with him and he dumped her, and she promised to never let that happen again. Kat agrees to go to prom with Patrick, and Bianca decides to go with Cameron. Joey becomes mad at the prom because Bianca ditched him for Cameron, he tells Kat about paying Patrick. Kat leaves and is sad, heartbroken, and mad. Bianca beats up Joey for hurting all those around her. Bianca and Kat make up, Kat recites a poem entitled “10 Things I Hate About You”and in turn tells Patrick she is still in love with him. Patrick buys her a guitar with the money he earned for dating her, and they make up.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a lighthearted fun movie that teens will love to enjoy and watch! I like that it is a modern retelling of classic Shakespeare. It allows young teens to get an experience with Shakespeare, in a dialect and society that they can relate too. The actors were cast perfectly for their respective roles with Heath Ledger doing a great job as Patrick and Julia Stiles knocking it out of the park as the shrewish Kat. It will be a great movie to show at a teen movie night, and the librarian can bring in literary ties to The Taming of the Shrew both before and after the movie.

Ties to Curriculum: Shakespeare

Movietalking Ideas:

How does this compare to The Taming of the Shrew?

Challenging Issues:

This movie is rated PG-13 and features references to sex, teen drinking, and occasional drinking. I will explain the literary ties the movie has, and explain that it is a completely optional teen movie night, and that a viewing of the original tale adaptation will be available to teens as well.