Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursentary: 10 Things I Hate About You

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If you’ve never watched 10 Things I Hate About You, it’s a great movie, I recommend it, and here is the two sentence summary:

Kat Stratford rebels against all that is the high school identity, including the dating scene. Her sister, Bianca, isn’t allowed to date unless she goes out too—which means the boys that want them will have to think of creative ways to get Kat out to have a chance with Bianca.

I’d never seen it until last month, and I’ve watched it again already. There are some exceptional things about it, and I don’t mind exposing myself to that multiple times.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

1. Shakespeare :: the story itself is loosely based off of the Taming of the Shrew, but Shakespeare receives subtle nods towards his works all throughout.

2. music :: not that I’ve sold my soul to Nick Lowe’s “Cruel to be Kind,” but I loved being reintroduced to it; also, I just can’t say no to the Four Seasons .

3. gentleman :: Patrick, Kat’s love interest, is the perfect foil to Joey’s jerk; he is respectful, he is kind, and I think he did a good job sort-of stalking Kat without being completely creepy.

4. daddy-daughter :: once again I am at the mercy of father-daughter feels, because even if the dad is the hairdresser from Princess Diaries he still makes me smile.

5. setting :: the setting designs in this movie are gorgeous; I especially love the high school and the troll under the bridge.

6. Mr. Morgan :: I like to think that the English teacher is the realistic character in the film, so two points for him (Shakespeare was a great writer, but I doubt Morgan-esque characters ever crossed his mind).

7. character arc :: some movies are boring and completely devoid of character development. *coughJawscough* Don’t worry, the changes Bianca, Kat, and Patrick make are substantial.

8. humor :: okay, I’m a high schooler. Okay, I’m susceptible to dirty humor. But even my stoic younger sister cracked up. Sorry for having fun.

9. the sisters :: Kat and Bianca seem selfish and self-centered at times, but they have strong identities that make for an interesting relationship and even more interesting decisions.

(Bonus points to Bianca for the Anastasia-esque beating up of Joey.)

10. depth :: I’m not saying this is a “smart person movie” by any means—but Shakespeare makes you think. Why did they make stylistic choices, with names and the filmography and the plot? Compare.

And my favorite quote: “You know, fathers don't like to admit it when their daughters are capable of running their own lives. It means we've become spectators. Bianca still lets me play a few innings—you've had me on the bench for years. When you go to Sarah Lawrence, I won't even be able to watch the game.”

Because guys, seriously, daddy-daughter moments. I live for that.

Have you watched 10 Things I Hate About You? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you would?


  1. Oh, I saw this one in school when we were studying Taming of the Shrew! It was super amusing, and the weird counselling teacher was so hilarious. (that was who she was, right?) I didn't feel particularly strongly at the time about it, since I was dozing off, but it was quite a humorous take on the play.

    1. Yes, the counselor was named Ms. Perky, I believe! (She was especially funny because she mostly summed up what counselors do, so there you go.) But I have to agree—it made me smile. :)

  2. Awesome movie! My favourite lines are between Kat and her dad-

    Dad: Hello, Katarina. Make anyone cry today?
    Kat: Sadly, no. But it's only 4:30.

    1. Yes! I love those lines! I like how they both smile right after they say it, like it's the best idea they've ever had.

  3. Daddy-daughter moments though. LOVE. I haven't read this...I think my dad owns it? And I doooo so love Heath Ledger's acting (AUSTRALIAN) so eventually I'll try it. I usually skip chick-flicks, but if this is based of Shakespeare and has a little depth? Ohhh, I'm in. x)

    1. I haven't read it either, though I want to... I also want to read King Lear but I keep forgetting to check it out. But believe me, Heath Ledger is very fine in this one... Very fine. I'm not a chick flick person either, but it was awesome, even for me. XD

      Let me know what you think, if you ever get around to watching it! ;)


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