Comparison of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You reveals some similarities, mostly in character names, general plot ideas, and themes. This film is not a theatrical remake of the play by no means.
This was the first film that I had the pleasure of seeing both Heath Ledger (who played Patrick Verona) and Julia Stiles (who played Katarina Stratford). I was pleasantly surprised by their talent, however I did not see them going on to become what they are today in terms of talent. The other stars of the film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (had already made a name for himself in TV’s 3rd Rock from the Sun), and Gabrielle Union (who had starred in another teen romance the same year, She’s All That), were okay, but again not over the edge, top notch performances. Andrew Keegan, as the yuppie, hot Joey Donner was by far the worst performance he has ever given.
Released in March, 1999, 10 Things I Hate About You, dealt with teen romance, teen pregnancy, the teen cliche’ regarding cliques and angst. Overall it was an entertaining film. Allison Janey giving a hilarious performance as the guidance counselor, Ms. Perky and Larry Miller as the father to the Stratford daughters. C-