Review: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

 

“I don’t like to do what people expect.Why should I live up to other people’s expectations instead of my own?”
– Kat Stratford

SYNOPSIS: A pretty, popular teenager can’t go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. – via IMDB

This is such a classic in my opinion. I have seen it plenty of times and I still love it. There is so much about it that just screams the nineties but it pulls it off. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen this movie, and it is still a blast from start to finish. It has held up really well after all these years.

Everyone does a great job with their characters. Julia Stiles is a fantastic, bitter girl, Heath Ledger is fantastic as the outcast bad boy, Larisa Oleynik is a suitably spoiled brat, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is that sweet boy-next-door type. There are so many characters to talk about here so I will not really get into them all. It’s a sweet, fun story with plenty of humour in it. No matter how many times I have seen this, there are still things I laugh at. 10 Things I Hate About You is also super quotable, and will stay with you long after you have moved on.

The humour is great and the story keeps you hooked throughout. There are so many little things that come together in this to make it worth the watch, and I loved to see how certain characters interacted with others. The soundtrack also totally works with the movie. I thought the rumour mill surrounding Patrick was absolutely amazing, too. While this is not the most original and unpredictable movie ever, it is done so well and the cast work so well together that it still has a fresh feeling to it. Also, I absolutely love the chemistry between Stiles and Ledger.

So much has been said about this fantastic movie over the years, and there is not really much that I can contribute to the discussion. I will just say that 10 Things I Hate About You is quirky and sweet and has heart and gets me every time. It manages the fine balance between sweet but not sappy, and I appreciate that. It is the kind of movie that guys and girls alike can enjoy. The movie is bags of fun every time and I highly recommend it, and not just because of the nostalgia!

Also, could we just take a moment to admire Heath Ledger in this??

8 thoughts on “Review: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

  1. On the surface this would seem like a movie I would push back on. Instead I really like it. I think you nail it. The chemistry is fantastic throughout. It also makes the loss of Ledger all the more tragic.

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    • Totally in agreement, and yet it works perfectly. Meh, just thinking about the loss of Heath Ledger is so sad all over again. I was rewatching A Knight’s Tale again the other day and was again struck by how tragic it is.

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  2. This is one of my favourite movies of all time. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched it and it never gets old. Patrick Verona is one of my favourite all time movie crushes. Heath Ledger turns him into the perfect bad boy with a soft heart. I just want to go and watch it again right now.

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    • I’m so with you! It never gets old no matter how many times you watch it and Patrick Verona truly is the perfect blend. Go watch it again! Right now! 😉

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