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10 Things I Hate About You

This teen romance is loosely based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Run Time: 95 minutes
Theater Release: 30 Mar 1999
Video Release: 11 Oct 1999
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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This film provides the perfect example of Ten Things I Hate About Teen Movies:

1) The central setting is usually in a school, and the last thing likely to happen is education.

10 Things I Hate About You - Official Site 2) School staff include Hitler-like principals, ignorant uncaring teachers, and sex obsessed counselors. (Some movies allow a "normal" teacher when he or she is romantically involved with a main character in the film. No school staff fall into that category in this film.)

3) Plots are oh-so-loosely based on classic literature. This film looks to Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew for its original conception, appealing to desperate English teachers trying to convince teens that the Bard is okay.

4) Parents are reactionary and their attempts to be "cool" while communicating with their children will end in comical failure.

10 Things I Hate About You - Official Site 5) Rich teens are important teens, otherwise, you're an extra hanging around in the background like wallpaper. The "importants" wear designer gear and female importants must bare their navels (and, in this movie, other body parts) frequently.

6) All efforts to discourage teens from using alcohol and drugs are flushed down the pipe.

7) You date to have sex. Nothing else. Virginity is a plague that must be eliminated before graduation. Sex is the major topic of all discussions, including comparison of anatomical sizes and, in this film, a suggestion of bestiality.

10 Things I Hate About You - Official Site 8) The seemingly nice guy that dad wants you to date turns out to be a jerk. The dark, mysterious bad dude (this one creates weapons in shop class) turns out to be a nice guy after all. We just had to get to know him.

9) You're likely to get a detention for the most menial infraction, but there are rarely consequences for things like physical assault.

10) Hollywood execs know that in four years a whole new crop of teens will ante up an hour and a half worth of part time wages to see this schlock again.

10 Things I Hate About You is rated PG-13: for crude sex-related humor and dialogue, alcohol and drug related scenes, all involving teens.

Cast: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles
Studio: 1999 Touchstone Pictures

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