10 Things I Hate About You
- Gil Junger
- Reviewed by
- a.k.a. Jacinda
- Review date
- Sunday, July 01, 2001
Although this movie aims at a young audience it is not the typical teen movie you would expect. I was surprised to see the most intelligent teen movie in years. It would be unfair to give this movie a worse rating because of its genre. Of course there are stereotypical elements included (for example the school prom) and the ending is predictable, but let us see the movie for what it is. In my opinion it cannot be compared to dull movies that only serve as mindless vehicles for uninspired stories and uncharismatic actors like Freddie Prinze Jr. 10 Things I Hate About You is so much more: With an extremely talented cast of young actors it succeeds on many levels. Unlike other recent movies there is no need for gross humor in this well-crafted romantic comedy.
The dialogue is witty, the pace fast while the references to Shakespeare add up to the comic appeal of the movie. Adults are portrayed in quite a funny way – for example the Stratford father and the literature teacher, who prefers to rap Shakespeare’s sonnets. The real stand-outs are Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger though. Their performances make the two characters Kat and Patrick more than adorable. Their constant teasing is simply irresistible while the chemistry between them works perfectly. Not to mention the ‘Can’t take my eyes off of you’ scene in the football stadium. I also loved Kat’s stubborn attitude and the way she loved the things she really wanted to hate.
10 Things I Hate About You is a heart-warming and fresh experience. There are definitely more than 10 things I love about this movie. Sweet, endearing and incredibly charming... go see it!
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