10 Things I Hate About You

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10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About You film.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byGil Junger
Produced byAndrew Lazar
Written byKaren McCullah Lutz
Kirsten Smith
StarringHeath Ledger
Julia Stiles
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Larisa Oleynik
Larry Miller
Andrew Keegan
Gabrielle Union
David Krumholtz
Susan May Pratt
Music byRichard Gibbs
CinematographyMark Irwin
Editing byO. Nicholas Brown
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • March 31, 1999 (1999-03-31)
Running time99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
French
Budget$17 million
Box office$53,478,166
 
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10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About You film.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byGil Junger
Produced byAndrew Lazar
Written byKaren McCullah Lutz
Kirsten Smith
StarringHeath Ledger
Julia Stiles
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Larisa Oleynik
Larry Miller
Andrew Keegan
Gabrielle Union
David Krumholtz
Susan May Pratt
Music byRichard Gibbs
CinematographyMark Irwin
Editing byO. Nicholas Brown
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • March 31, 1999 (1999-03-31)
Running time99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
French
Budget$17 million
Box office$53,478,166

10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy-drama film. It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The romantic comedy screenplay was written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith.

The film, a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, is titled after a poem written by the film's female lead (played by Stiles) to describe her bittersweet romance with the male lead (played by Ledger). The film was released March 31, 1999, and it was a breakout success for stars Stiles, Ledger and Levitt.[1][2][3] The film marks the motion picture directing debut of Junger.

Plot[edit]

Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a new student at Padua High School, is given a tour of the school by Michael Eckman (David Krumholtz), an audiovisual geek. During the tour, Cameron notices the beautiful and popular Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) and he is immediately smitten with her. Michael warns Cameron that Bianca is shallow and conceited, and that her domineering father does not allow her to date. However, Michael does inform Cameron that Bianca is looking for a French tutor.

At the Stratford residence, Bianca's outcast older sister, Kat (Julia Stiles), is in conflict with their overbearing father (Larry Miller), who wants Kat to attend college nearby despite her acceptance to Sarah Lawrence College. Bianca is also fighting with their father regarding his strict no dating rule. Kat's aversion to dating prompts their father to come up with a new rule, to Bianca's fury: Bianca can only date if Kat is also in a relationship. Cameron starts tutoring Bianca (despite knowing little French himself). After Cameron makes a failed attempt to ask her out on a date, she informs him of her father’s rule. This motivates Cameron and Michael to find a boy who is willing to date Kat.

Cameron suggests Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), another outcast who is just as ill-tempered as Kat. Cameron tries asking Patrick for his assistance, but Patrick scares him off. Michael suggests that Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan), an affluent student and model who also wants to date Bianca, pay Patrick to take Kat out. Patrick agrees, but Kat wants nothing to do with him. After a little effort, Patrick gets Kat to attend a party with him.

At the party, Bianca sees Cameron but is dragged away by Joey. He poses and tries to please her when Bianca realizes he is just obsessed with himself. Kat starts table dancing after getting drunk and hits her head on the chandelier, collapsing off the table and into the arms of Patrick who takes her outside. They talk on the swingset; however after throwing up on his shoes, Patrick takes Kat home. She unsuccessfully attempts to kiss him after he drives her home, then slams the car door in his face and storms off. Cameron admits his feelings for Bianca, and they kiss in the front seat of his car. The next day, Patrick attempts at apologising because he realises he is starting to like Kat but fails, but eventually wins Kat over with a performance of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" in front of her entire soccer team. After sneaking Patrick out of detention, the two go paintballing and fall into a haystack, where he kisses her; however, when Patrick later asks Kat to prom, she becomes suspicious and the two fight.

Bianca tries to convince her father to let her attend the prom, but he refuses because Kat is not going to the prom. When Bianca confronts Kat, it is revealed that Kat previously dated Joey and they slept together once since "everyone was doing it." She tells Bianca that her feelings of isolation from her fellow students dated from that incident and that she would never again do anything just because it was the popular thing to do.

Bianca and Kat end up going to the prom with Cameron and Patrick, respectively. Joey is furious to learn that Bianca has gone to the prom with Cameron, and confronts Patrick about the "arrangement" in front of Kat. Kat is very angry at Patrick when she discovers the truth and leaves him at the prom. Joey subsequently confronts Cameron about manipulating the "deal" for himself and knocks him to the floor, but Bianca punches Joey numerous times for using her, for hurting Kat's feelings, and for punching Cameron. Bianca and Cameron share another kiss and leave Joey lying on the floor in pain.

The next morning, Kat and Bianca's relationship appears to have improved drastically as Bianca attempts to comfort her older sister. Their father allows Kat to go to Sarah Lawrence College, she is extremely grateful and hugs him with happiness. Later at school, Kat reads a poem which she wrote for English class, titled "Ten Things I Hate About You," revealing her true feelings for Patrick. After school, Kat finds a guitar in her car for the band she told Patrick that she wanted to start, that Patrick bought her with the money that Joey paid him. He admits the truth and says that Joey paid him to take out a "really great girl", but he messed up because he fell for her. Kat forgives Patrick and the two reconcile with a kiss.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Many of the scenes were filmed on location at Stadium High School and at a house in the Proctor District of Tacoma, Washington. The prom sequence was shot over three days in Seattle.[5]

Costume designer Kim Tillman designed original dresses for Larisa Oleynik and Julia Stiles as well as the period outfits for Susan May Pratt and David Krumholtz. Gabrielle Union's snakeskin prom dress is a Betsey Johnson design. Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's vintage tuxes came from Isadora's in Seattle.[5]

The primary tagline is an allusion to a poem written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning from her Sonnets from the Portuguese collection. ("How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.") Another tagline is a spoof from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ("Romeo, Oh Romeo, Get Out Of My Face.") and another is a line from The Taming of the Shrew that is spoken in the film by Cameron ("I burn, I pine, I perish!"). The original script was finalized on November 12, 1997.[6]

Release and reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $8,330,681 in 2,271 theaters in the United States and Canada, averaging $3,668 per venue, and ranking number two at the box office (behind The Matrix). It grossed a total of $38,178,166 in the United States and Canada and $15,300,000 in other territories, about $53,500,000 worldwide. The film had an estimated budget of $16 million and is considered a moderate financial and critical success. On October 12, 1999, the Region 1 DVD was released. In the box office, the film is number ten in teen romance, 18th in high school comedies, and ranked 96th in comedies.[7]

Critics[edit]

The film received generally positive feedback from critics. Geoff Andrew from Time Out praised the film's leads, stating "Stiles grows into her character, and Ledger is effortlessly charming".[8] Roger Ebert gave the film two and a half stars out of four, claiming "I liked the movie's spirit, the actors and some of the scenes. The music, much of it by the band Letters to Cleo, is subtle and inventive while still cheerful".[9] Brad Laidman from Film Threat said the film was "Pure of heart and perfectly executed".[10] Ron Wells, another critic from Film Threat expressed "Of all the teen films released this year, this one is, by far, the best".[11] S. Williams of Momzone magazine praised the character of Bianca, stating "This hilarious teen film's unsung heroine is the spunky Bianca, who ties the zany cast together with her pouty one-liners and her coy-yet-attainable romantic presence."[citation needed]

Entertainment Weekly listed the film at #49 on its list of Best High School Movies.[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In the year the film was released, the lead actors Gordon-Levitt, Stiles, and Oleynik each received Young Star Award nominations for Best Actor/Actress in a Comedy Film. The movie was nominated for seven Teen Choice Awards: Film Breakout Performance (Stiles), Film Choice Comedy, Film Funniest Scene (featuring Krumholtz), Film Sexiest Love Scene (featuring Stiles and Ledger), Film Choice Hissy Fit (Gordon-Levitt), Film Choice Sleazebag (Gordon-Levitt) and Soundtrack of the Year. More notably, the film's casting directors Marcia Ross and Donna Morong won "Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy" at the Casting Society of America in 1999. In 2000, Stiles won the CFCA Award for "Most Promising Actress" for her role as Kat Stratford (tied with Émilie Dequenne in Rosetta) and an MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance. The same year, Ledger was nominated for Best Musical Performance for the song "Can't Take My Eyes Off You".

Soundtrack album[edit]

10 Things I Hate About You
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
ReleasedApril 6, 1999
GenreRock
LabelHollywood
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[13]
No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
1."I Want You to Want Me" (originally performed by Cheap Trick)Rick NielsenLetters to Cleo3:25
2."F.N.T." (from Great Divide, 1996)Dan Wilson, Jacob SlichterSemisonic3:29
3."I Know" (contains an interpretation of "Shout", written by O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, and Rudolph Isley and originally performed by The Isley Brothers)Michael Holton, Miré Molner, Brian MashburnSave Ferris2:52
4."Your Winter" (from Fortress, 2000)Ken Block, Jett Beres, Andrew Copeland, Ryan Newell, Mark Trojanowski, Bill SmithSister Hazel4:39
5."Even Angels Fall" (from Key of a Minor, 2000)Tom Whitlock, Jessica Riddle, Kim Bullard, Penny FramstadJessica Riddle3:27
6."New World" (from Leroy, 2001)Leroy MillerLeroy3:02
7."Saturday Night"  Rodney Jerkins, Marti Sharron, Dan SembelloTa-Gana4:26
8."Atomic Dog" (from Computer Games, 1982)George Clinton, Garry Shider, David SpradleyGeorge Clinton4:44
9."Dazz" (from Good High, 1976)Ray Ransom, Edward Irons, Reginald HargisBrick3:24
10."The Weakness in Me" (from Walk Under Ladders, 1981)Joan ArmatradingJoan Armatrading3:32
11."War" (from "My Favourite Game", 1998)Peter Svensson, Nina PerssonThe Cardigans3:57
12."Wings of a Dove" (1983)Carl Smyth, Graham McPhersonMadness3:00
13."Cruel to Be Kind" (originally performed by Nick Lowe)Nick Lowe, Ian GommLetters to Cleo3:01
14."One More Thing"  Richard GibbsRichard Gibbs3:01
Total length:
49:59

Novel[edit]

The Scholastic Corporation published a novel of the story in June 1999. It was written by David Levithan. The story is retold as it is in the film with each chapter written from the point of view of either Bianca, Cameron, Kat, Patrick, or Michael.

Television series[edit]

On October 8, 2008, ABC Family ordered a pilot episode of a new half-hour, single-camera comedy series based on 10 Things I Hate About You. Larry Miller is the only actor from the film to reprise his role in the television series. The director of the film, Gil Junger, also directed many of the episodes including the pilot while the film's music composer, Richard Gibbs, also returned to do the show's music. The series was adapted and produced by Carter Covington.[14] The show premiered on July 7, 2009.[15] The series ran only twenty episodes.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aames, Ethan. "Julia Stiles on "The Omen"". Cinema Confidential News. June 5, 2006. Retrieved on October 28, 2006.
  2. ^ Eisenbach, Helen. "10 Thing We Love About Julia Stiles". Manhattan File Magazine. January 2000. Retrieved October 28, 2006.
  3. ^ Maher, Kevin. "Heath Ledger- The Accidental Hero". Times Sunday Magazine. October 14, 2006. Retrieved October 28, 2006.
  4. ^ SparkNotes Editors. "SparkNote on The Taming of the Shrew". SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Write-up on CinemaReview.com. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  6. ^ "Internet Movie Script Database". Imsdb.com. 1997-11-12. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  7. ^ "10 Things I Hate About You (1999)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  8. ^ "10 Things I Hate About You Review. Movie Reviews - Film - Time Out New York". Archived from the original on 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  9. ^ Ebert, Roger. "10 Things I Hate About You". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  10. ^ "10 Things I Hate About You". Film Threat. Archived from the original on 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies". Film Threat. Archived from the original on 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  12. ^ By EW Staff (2012-09-22). "50 Best High School Movies | Photo 1 of 50". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  13. ^ Peeples, S. 10 Things I Hate About You review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2011-05-17.
  14. ^ Nguyen, Hanh. "ABC Family Greenlights '10 Things I Hate,' 'Ruby' Pilots." Zap2it.com. October 8, 2008. Retrieved on October 8, 2008.
  15. ^ "ABC Family: 10 Things I Hate About You". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 

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