Ten Things I Hate about You

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Ten Things I Hate about You ★★★ 1999 (PG-13)

This Bill Shakespeare guy must be raking in the royalties, dude! The Bard is once again adapted for teens in this update of his very un-PC comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.” Obstetrician and single dad Walter (Miller) has seen enough teen pregnancies to fear all adolescent boys who show up with flowers. He decrees that his ultra-popular daughter Bianca (Oleynik) cannot date before her manhating sister Kat (Stiles) does. Two lovesick suitors, vain Joey (Keegan) and sensitive guy Cameron (Gordon-Levitt), bribe new-kid-in-town Patrick (Ledger) to make advances on Kat in order to play “jumpeth the maiden” with Bianca. Kat and Patrick then engage in a duel of verbal thrusts and parries, gradually falling for each other. Incorporates some of Shakespeare's dialogue, but glosses over the more chauvinistic elements of his play. 97m/C VHS, DVD . Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Keegan, David Krumholtz, Larry Miller, Susan May Pratt, Daryl (Chill) Mitchell, Allison Janney, David Leisure, Gabrielle Union; D: Gil Junger; W: Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith; C: Mark Irwin; M: Richard Gibbs. MTV Movie Awards ‘00: Breakthrough Perf. (Stiles).