• Les Gazzette

By Kashvi Ranka


This film takes the classic story "Taming of the Shrew" and puts it into modern-day high school reality. Honestly, I'm not a fan of Shakespeare's traditional plays, but this play’s modern day screen adaptation is absolutely spectacular. It’s a perfect movie for a teen dying to watch a romantic, emotional movie spiced with humour and drama. Its storyline may not be the most unique, but has been executed brilliantly. Bianca Stratford, being the most popular girl in high school wanted to start dating, but her strict, no-nonsense father has one rigid rule- she can't date unless her elder sister Kat is willing to date. Bianca catches the eyes of the newcomer Cameron and narcissistic Joey. In order to get whom he wants, Cameron plans to get Kat a date with this random guy Patrick, who is being paid by Joey for doing so. Eventually (and quite comically), Kat and Patrick fall in love. But if only things were that simple.

The film is sprinkled with plenty of memorable and swoon-worthy moments, like when Kat and Patrick bunk their classes and spend quality time on their non-date first date, or when an angry Cameron drops Bianca home, and they end up sharing a sensational first kiss in the car.

But of course no high school love story is complete without its misunderstandings and cheesy, emotional endings. I actually laughed through the entire movie, however at the end, where Kat reads the heart-warming, tear-jerking, titular poem ‘10 Things I Hate About You’, I definitely wasn’t crying. No, my eyes were just sweating. The movie also has many witty dialogues. It can definitely make a person laugh at the characters’ foolishness, and at the same time cry out with impatience at their obliviousness. It is the perfect mixture of all sorts of genres leading up to a predictable, but perfectly good ending, that leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling about teenage love. I would highly recommend this movie to all those who need their faith in love restored. It is a classic and won’t ever disappoint.

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