334. 10 Things I Hate About You

Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

Release Date: March 31, 1999

Director: Gil Junger

Starring: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, Larry Miller, Andrew Keegan, David Krumholtz, Susan May Pratt.

Tag Lines: “There are so many different ways to hate. Count them yourself.”

“How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.”

“Romeo, Oh Romeo, Get Out Of My Face.”

“They’re spitefully romantic.”

“I pine, I perish!”

Relevance: This movie flew under my radar when it was released in theaters in 1999. But as a movie fan, I pretty much watch everything eventually. It was not a huge success at the box office at least in comparison to its soundtrack. I was working in a “record store” at the time and I remember it being a title that was difficult to keep in stock. It reminded me of another movie, ‘Reality Bites’ (I’ll be watching that movie soon) where the soundtrack outshone its movie.

So when ’10 Things I Hate About You’ was released for rental, I did just that. I was 28 years old at the time and wasn’t expecting much from a “teenage rom-com.” Despite my low expectations, I was very pleasantly surprised.

At the time, the now famous cast was pretty much unknown, at least to me. Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger were brand new faces for me and I was intrigued by their performances, especially Mr. Ledger. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in a few movies that I had seen previously, but I was equally impressed with his acting. I watched it a few times before returning it. It reminded me a lot of the 1995 movie ‘Clueless,’ which I loved and will be part of this project later this year. A modernization of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” it was clever and funny and overall enjoyable movie.

Today’s Thoughts: The movie is a little dated now that I watch it as an almost 49 year old man in the year 2020. But I kind of expected that going into it. I also didn’t seem to laugh as much as I did years ago. I blame that on being old. Regardless, it is still charming thanks in huge part to the music and its actors

It’s hard to watch Heath Ledger movies for me, knowing what a huge talent he was and that he left this planet way too soon. It just breaks my heart. This was a great vehicle for him to be introduced to the word of cinema. Watching him in this today, you can tell he was a movie star in the making. He was lovable and bad-ass all rolled up into one defined character. Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are also still great in the movie, especially J.G.L., who has become one of my favorite actors of his generation.

One of my favorite things about re-watching older movies you haven’t seen in years is the game, “They were in this movie!?!” Today’s surprises were Gabrielle Union, David Leisure and the incomparable Allison Janney. She is only in a few scenes but they are the scenes that made me literally laugh out loud when watching it today.

“Bratwurst? Aren’t we the optimist?”

Awards: Casting Society of America Award for Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy (nomination).

Ways to Watch: YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Disney+, DVD Availability.

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