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Remembering 10 Things I Hate About You The Movie! A Hillarious Classic Teen Movie!

Updated on January 14, 2012

I'm not a huge teen movie fan, and I didn't go to high school during the time 10 Things I Hate About You came out during the late 90s. I actually grew up during the time of John Hughes movies, but I was never into his films much either. I only have one favorite from John Hughes, and no it isn't 16 Candles or The Breakfast Club, which seems to be everyone's favorites.

Then again, would there be a 10 Things I Hate About You movie if John Hughes didn't pave the way already with his teen movies? That's surely open to debate.

I never saw any John Hughes in the theaters, nor did I see 10 Things I Hate About You in the theaters either. I actually saw that movie on T.V., which I hardly ever watch and only when I'm extremely bored. Yes, I was extremely bored when I decided to stay on the channel and watch 10 Things I Hate About You, but I'm glad I did.

The movie is hilarious for anyone at any age. Based off the Shakespearean play, "The Taming of The Shrew," I think it's a universal film for anyone who has grown up or is growing up a teen in America. I'm not going to get into the significance of that, nor even the romantic attributes of 10 Things I Hate About You. What's great about this movie are truly the characters and comedic performances from the cast.

Who didn't know a total douche bag in high-school like Joey Donner? I'm sure everyone still remembers the most popular guy in school, who seemed to have everything going for him. I'm pretty sure there are quite a few females out there who had a thing for someone like Joey Donner when they were in school, and after watching the film, probably smacked their forehead while saying to themselves, What the hell was I thinking?

Who didn't know a Patrick Verona, played by Heath Ledger, the misfit, outcast who was shrouded in mysterious rumors and everyone thought was creepy from a distance? Though, maybe the Verona character you knew didn't have quite as terrible rumors surrounding hims such as eating a live duck except the beak and feet, setting a state trooper on fire and spending a year in prison, or selling his liver so he can buy a pair of speakers. Maybe the Verona you knew was attached to even worse rumors.

Yes, this was Heath Ledger's break out performance, and he surely deserved it. He turned out to be an amazing actor, who did an absolutely brilliant version of The Joker in the movie The Dark Knight.

However, that wasn't the only break out performance from the cast of 10 Things I Hate About You. Yes, Julia Stiles' career took off after playing the modern-day "shrew," the ice queen and non-conformist, feminist.

"Remove ass from sphincter then drive!"

That line still makes me laugh, and I think about it every time someone cuts me off or tailgates me while I'm driving. Kat Stratford is the exact opposite of her sister, who is held hostage by her paranoid father's rule of -

"If Kat doesn't date, you don't date. Oh, I like that!"

Who couldn't laugh at the father. While most dads struggled with the "birds and the bees talk," he openly discussed how he was up to placenta from impregnated teenage girls. What a nightmare for any teenage daughter, but you could actually empathize with him. Even when he made Bianca wear the "belly" and constantly may seem embarrassing, you can understand his paranoia. The funny thing is - he's not that far fetched in his paranoia.

"No drinking, no drugs, no kissing, no tattoos, no piercing, no ritual animal slaughters of any kind. Whoa, I'm giving them ideas."

Okay, we all most teens will do or try all the above with the exception of ritual animal slaughters. Larry Miller as the Stratford daughters' father was absolutely hilarious to watch.

It's really the ensemble of supporting characters that make this movie funny. Quirky characters like the guidance counselor Mrs. Perky, who's trying to write a sex scene...I mean romance scene for her romance novel, shows us that it's not the only the teens in the movie with sex on their minds while she tries to find the perfect description for an "engorged penis."

Also, the black teacher Mr. Morgan who constantly puts Joey Donner in his place - "Pipe down, Chachi," while showing a comedic disdain for the plights of "middle-class, white" kids.

10 Things I Hate About You has so many hilarious moments and such a great cast and story that I actually enjoyed watching this movie. It's not on my top ten list of favorites, but it's a classic teen movie that I respect. I usually don't like teen movies.

Who wasn't charmed by the Stadium Serenade scene, in which Heath Ledger actually sings himself and is chased by the security guards? Who wasn't at least touched when Kat reads the poem, "10 Things I Hate About You," and finally reveals her vulnerability.

I have to admit I was, and Julia Stiles, who only did one take on that very scene, really proved how talented of an actor she is. Nobody was expecting her to do that, and it wasn't written in the script that Kat cries while reading that poem. The look on Heath Ledger's face at the end of that scene is amazing.

You can watch this movie and laugh at all the characters who reminded you of somebody from high-school. If you're like me, you find the character you were in high-school and have fun laughing at yourself while watching this film.

Stadium Serenade Scene - Heath Ledger Sings

10 Things I Hate About You Poem

This poem is written by the writers who wrote the script - Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, and has found it's way into many people's hearts and still resonates at any age. I have to pay my respects. That is NOT an easy thing to accomplish.

I hate the way you talk to me,

and the way you cut your hair.

I hate the way you drive my car,

I hate it when you stare.

I hate your big dumb combat boots

and the way you read my mind.

I hate you so much it makes me sick,

it even makes me rhyme.

I hate the way you’re always right,

I hate it when you lie.

I hate it when you make me laugh,

even worse when you make me cry.

I hate it when you’re not around,

and the fact that you didn’t call.

But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you,

not even close…

not even a little bit…

not even at all.

10 Things I Hate About You Scene

This hub is dedicated with much respect to the great and late actor Heath Ledger, who gave us so many amazing performances and movie moments in such a short time. R.I.P.


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    • rabbit75 profile image

      rabbit75 4 years ago

      I grew up as a teen in the 90s as well, but not sure when I first saw this movie. I know I didn't see it in theaters. Chances are I probably saw it on T.V.

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      Nykki 4 years ago from Germantown, WI

      I absolutely love this movie. I was a teenager in the late 90s when this came out and even saw it in theaters (a fact that I am proud of). I loved Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and loved following their careers as they became famous. RIP Heath.