Title: 10 Things I Hate About You (Film)
Director: Gil Junger
Production Company: Touchstone Pictures
Release Date: 1999
Cameron James, the new kid at school, is instantly enamored with the beautiful Bianca Stratford. The only problem is, Bianca is not allowed to date until her unapproachable and bristly older sister Kat does. Cameron and his friend concoct a plan to find Kat a suitable mate, and they eventually settle on the high school bad boy, Patrick Verona. Patrick accepts payment to seduce Kat, and sets out to win her favor. To his surprise, he finds himself falling for Kat, but his plans to date her for real are threatened when his ulterior motives are revealed to her. Meanwhile, Cameron must win Bianca’s heart away from other potential suitors.
10 Things I Hate About You is a predictable film with a satisfying ending. The cast is absolutely stellar, with Julia Stiles playing Kat and Heath Ledger playing Patrick. Their chemistry is palpable and their banter is fun and enjoyable. Supporting characters are equally well cast, and there are many humorous interactions between the teens and the adults in this film. Although the movie is clearly dated, many of the themes regarding teen relationships and parent/teen interactions are still applicable to today’s teens.
Viewer’s Annotation: Kat is opinionated and full of sass, but she may have finally met her match.
About the Director:
“Gil Junger began his career in Hollywood by attending the University of Texas at Austin’s Radio, TV, and Film School. After graduating, he became a gofer. He moved into directing television, and has worked on such series as Dharma & Greg (1997) and The Golden Girls (1985). He was nominated for an Emmy and a Director’s Guild Award for directing the episode of Ellen (1994), in which the lead character reveals that she is a lesbian. He broke into feature film directing with 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). He is an avid photographer, golfer, and musician, and is in a band called “Mid-Life Crisis”.”
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Curriculum Ties: English/Language Arts
- Draw comparisons between Shakespeare’s work and this adaptation
Challenge Issues: Sex related humor and dialogue, teen partying
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Justification of Selection: It is a clever adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew.
Dicker, M. (n.d.). Gil Junger biography. IMDB. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0432627/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm