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10 Things I Hate About You – 10th Anniversary Edition

10 Things I Hate About You, which helped launch the careers of stars Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, is a comedy for those of us who grew up in the late 90’s.

The plot is fairly simple. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, Cameron, wants to date Larisa Oleynik’s character, Bianca.  However, Bianca isn’t allowed to date unless her sister Kat (Stiles), does.  Cameron enlists the help of Ledger’s character, Patrick Verona, who agrees to go out with Kat after Joey (Andrew Keegan), who also likes Bianca, pays him to do so.  Other teen films involved the paying-a-guy-to-take-a-girl-out plotline, but 10 Things pulls it off best, in my opinion, because it was one of the first to do so, and the actors can actually act.

For those who didn’t experience their teenage years during the 90’s, 10 Things I Hate About You may not resonate very well.  The film, which is very loosely based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, is full of 90’s cliques, clichés, and cheese. Oh, and throw in a big dose of sexual innuendo as well.

What makes this film stand out from the slew of similar teen romantic comedies of the 90’s is its central characters. Ledger, as Verona, and Stiles, as independent female Kat Stratford, are great.  The character of Kat also stands out because she’s a strong woman who does what she wants, which is always good to see in teen movies.

Though not for everyone, for those who were teens in the late 90’s, 10 Things I Hate About You is a classic.  It’s not perfect, since it does have its dated jokes and eye-rolling cheesiness, but it’s nice, amusing fun.

This anniversary edition includes a 10 Years Later documentary, featuring insights and behind-the-scenes footage.  Also included in the documentary is Ledger’s previously unseen audition tape and some deleted scenes. A cast and crew commentary is featured, and this two-disc set includes a digital copy as well.

Content: B

Picture: A

Audio: A

Extras: B

January 17, 2010 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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