408. 10 Things I Hate About You

Background info

408-10-things-i-hate-about-youTitle: 10 Things I Hate About You
Director: Gil Junger
Year: 1999
Run time: 1hr 37m

“On the first day at his new school, Cameron instantly falls for Bianca, the gorgeous girl of his dreams! The only problem is that Bianca is forbidden to date… until her ill-tempered, completely un-dateable older sister Kat goes out, too! In an attempt to solve his problem, Cameron singles out the only guy who could possibly be a match for Kat: a mysterious bad-boy with a nasty reputation of his own! Also featuring a hip soundtrack – this witty comedy is a wildly entertaining look at exactly how far some guys will go to get the date!”

Live blog

1:31 – “I don’t give a damn about my baad reputation.” As Mr C would say, choooon.
3:38 – I think I’ll start dismissing people like that. “Scoot.”
9:36 – “Money I’ve got, this I’m going to do for fun.”
9:49 – Bless baby Levitt.
12:55 – Look at the size of these houses! Good grief.
17:33 – Extreme dating as a sport, more or less scary than jumping out of a plane?
20:34 – As much as I love teen movies, they mostly make me think how glad I am not to be at school anymore!
27:41 – “You won’t know what you want until you’re 45…”
32:28 – What is that giant statue thing under the bridge?
41:44 – I feel the friend’s unfathomable mix of nervous and excited.
47:59 – Bianchi should be careful what she wishes for. She wanted her sister to go out.
49:45 – “Who needs affection when I have blind hatred?”
49:58 – Sitting on a swing can’t be good when you’re drunk and potentially concussed.
1:04:23 – I would so fall down the bleachers.
1:07:54 – Pedalo-ing seems like an energetic date.
1:09:46 – Paintballing! Haven’t they seen Byker Grove?
1:14:11 – How do two sisters go to prom at the same time? I thought it was a graduation year thing.
1:14:41 – Dawson’s River Kids reference!
1:21:16 – Argh, I hate the moments where they should tell the truth and they don’t. ARGH!
1:32:56 – If there was a band on the roof, school would have been very different.

Conclusions

Love this film. I’ve seen it maybe a couple of times before, although I couldn’t remember all the specifics about it. Mr C hadn’t seen it before, and as we were in the mood for something that wouldn’t take too much attention, a classic teen rom-com was ideal!

The soundtrack is what really gets this film moving, some really great songs, a good story – adapted from Shakespeare – and a handful of good performances. I was a little staggered at how Heath Ledger clearly paved the way for numerable Hemsworths. It could absolutely have been Thor trying to woo Julia Stiles.

Anyway, loved it.

Rating: 4/5

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