Review: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

I somehow missed this movie when it first came out, which is a shame. It is a great teen movie, from that strangely short but strangely brilliant era of great teen movies like Rushmore and Election. The premise, which could have gone so wrong, somehow went right — it’s a fairly faithful interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. (I was relieved that the wife-beating was replaced with paint-filled balloons.)  Along with a mostly-decent script that falters at first but strengthens up in the end, the film benefits from a stellar young cast — Academy Award nominated Heath Ledger, along with Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Um, and that guy that’s on Numb3rs.

Directed by Gil Junger.


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