10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU: DVD
The Stratford sisters, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) and Kat (Julia Stiles), have reached a crucial impasse. Their father Walter (Larry Miller), a gynecologist inordinately obsessed with teenage pregnancies, will not allow the pretty and popular Bianca to start dating until her older sister Kat has got herself a guy as well. Realising that he can never get to first base with Bianca until the Kat dilemma is solved, a hopelessly smitten Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), with help from his buddy Michael (David Krumholz), inveigles narcissistic rich kid Joey (Andrew Keegan) to bribe moody newcomer Patrick (Heath Ledger) to take Kat out. Against expectations, Kat slowly begins to warm to Patrick's overtures and he, in turn, finds himself genuinely enjoying her company. But when Kat learns of the bribe, she feels she's been used.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
I think it's best to get Shakespeare out of the way first up: this is not a contemporising of his play, even though it may have been suggested by it. Written by two talented women, it is a tribute, perhaps, and certainly the Bard gets a decent cameo.
Refreshingly set in scenic Seattle, 10 Things... is sharper and cooler than your average teen romantic comedy, with some genuine characterisation - superbly realised by the charismatic young Australian actor, Heath Ledger (the next Mel Gibson without the pretty boy looks), in his American movie debut as the individualistic Patrick. (If you like him in this, you can catch him co-starring with Bryan Brown in Two Hands.) Julia Styles, as the shrewish, hard-nosed young Kat with a mind and a will of her own, manages to make her character credible throughout a challenging role, and the supports are all excellent.
These characters feel real on the screen, with emotions and motivations that ring true. Gil Junger's direction has great pace and also a sense of place; the campus and the dormitory suburb where the sisters live are well defined and add to our journey.
The target audience will find the film very cool and its edginess will appeal to a broader audience - like fathers of teenage girls, who will sympathise with Larry Miller's marvellous solo father. The film is has hit written all over it - it's funny and sassy and ideal mainstream entertainment with a totally contemporary look, feel and sound. Music included.
Published June 24, 2004
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10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU: DVD (PG)
CAST: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz, Andrew Keegan, Larry Miller, Allison Janney
DIRECTOR: Gil Junger
SCRIPT: Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith
RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes
PRESENTATION: Widescreen; dolby digital
SPECIAL FEATURES: none
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: BVHE
DVD RELEASE: June 2004