10 Things I Hate About You

Thursday, July 09, 2015


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Don’t let anyone, ever, make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want. Go for it!” –Patrick Verona (10 Things I Hate About You, 1999)

Just because you’re beautiful, that doesn’t mean that you can treat people like they don’t matter.” –Cameron James (10 Things I Hate About You, 1999)

I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme. I hate it, I hate the way you’re always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you’re not around, and the fact that you didn’t call. But mostly, I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.” –Kat Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You, 1999)

Title              : 10 Things I Hate About You
Director         : Gil Junger
Starring         : Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Genre            : romance, comedy, teen drama
Distributor     : Buena Vista Pictures
Release date  : 31 March 1999
Running time  : 99 minutes

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From my undying passion towards movies and writings, here comes the review of “10 Things I Hate About You”, which marking the third movie review already I write for Moments Of Our Lives part 2. Wow, I know right. What the hell is so unusual with me? Guess I just drink the right coffee this time. Anyway, actually I’ve been wanting to write a review of this movie since a long long long time ago, yet I’ve always been excusing myself too since then, saying that it’s not the right moment to write it yet. Well, apparently, no moment will be the right moment until we make it the right moment. Sometimes when we want something, we keep saying to ourselves that it’s not the right moment to pursue it. While in fact is, we’re just being afraid, that when we finally get it, then it becomes the thing we don’t want anymore. However, we’ll never know that the thing we want is actually something we really need if we never try to pursue it, right?

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Apparently, while we’re young and wild and free, Cameron James (portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), agrees with me, that we must pursue things we want and see how it goes until the end. Especially, when it comes to love. Cameron, a new student at Padua High School, is given a tour of the school by one of his fellow classmates, Michael Eckman (David Krumholtz). 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’s overprotective father doesn’t allow her to date, yet he also informs Cameron that Bianca is looking for a French tutor. Later, Cameron starts tutoring Bianca, despite knowing little French himself. After he makes an attempt to ask her out on a date, she informs him of her father’s rule: Bianca can only date if her outcast older sister, Katarina Stratford (portrayed by Julia Stiles) is also in a relationship. This motivates Cameron, with help from Michael, to find a boy who is willing to date Kat.
The lucky guy is none other than Patrick Verona (portrayed by 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 then suggests a plan to Cameron, that they use Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan), an affluent student and model who also wants to date Bianca (just for fun, no feelings attached unlike Cameron), to pay Patrick to take Kat out. Patrick agrees and he tries to get close to Kat, but she wants nothing to do with him. Cameron and Michael then assist Patrick, and also reveal that the real plan is to make Cameron, instead of the selfish asshole Joey, to be able to date Bianca. Cameron and Michael give some helps to Patrick, and after some efforts, he gets Kat to attend a party with him. As moments are spent together, Patrick and Kat get closer. And more than that, they begin to open up themselves toward each other, and fall into one another. Until at some point, Patrick doesn’t want to take Joey’s money again just to go in a real date with Kat.

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From Patrick and Kat couple, I can see why people say that people with same frequencies will eventually get together. Patrick is somewhat alienated high school boy because his lifestyle doesn’t suit typical high school boys in general. It seems like he doesn’t have time to girls (well, at least teenage girls), but actually he just hasn’t met anyone that can keep up with him. On the other hand, Kat is alienated high school girl because she’s fed up with being popular and living life just as a high school girl. She thinks deeper and beyond high school life. And she makes herself not available for any relationship, but that’s until she meets Patrick, whom she finds different from other high school boys. Eventually, Patrick and Kat have the same frequency. They’re both an outcast, old souls, rebellious, and they both need to meet the unusual in order to have interest. I’m very keen on the love-hate relationship between them. I remember when Cameron says to Patrick when Kat is mad at him, “You embarrassed the girl. Sacrifice yourself on the alter of dignity and even the score.” Yup, their relationship is full with attempts to ‘even the score’, but that’s the appeal.
Meanwhile, from Cameron and Bianca couple, I can see why people say that nothing is really out of our leagues, in terms of relationship. They say that only the brave gets the beauty, but in case of Cameron and Bianca, only the brave with a brain gets the beauty. No one is out of reach when we have the will to make it, the bravery to try, the brain to plan, and of course, the heart to make the sincerity felt. Cameron is a one-girl type of a guy. When he falls in for someone, he won’t easily fall out and he will do anything and try everything to see how it goes until the end. On the other hand, Bianca is a typical popular high school girl. She loves to be adored but she never knows how it feels to be really loved by one person who truly madly deeply loves her, until she meets Cameron. Eventually, a girl wants to be loved widely, yet actually, all she needs is to be loved deeply. And I personally l’m very fond of the lovey-dovey relationship between them. Somehow it reminds me of how twingling a youth love should be. Just like what Cameron said in the moment he saw Bianca for the first time, “I burn, I pine, I perish!”. And that’s the spirit of a youth love.

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Despite the two main romance relationships in this movie, I also personally take a closer look at the sisterhood relationship between Kat and Bianca. Not only it reminds me of my own (since I also have a little sister of my own), but I also find some interesting points in their love-hate sisterhood relationship. Well, first of all, they might be born from the same mother and share the same blood, but they’re very different in personality. And for sisters, that could be really good or really bad, moreover when the age gap between the two is not too wide, like Kat and Bianca. Protecting someone doesn’t mean prohibiting them to do anything. Instead, protecting someone means being beside them while they experience everything. What I mean by ‘beside’ is not literally, but more like give a guidance or advice, without strangling them. Not all experiences are good, we know, but what matters in a family is openness, after all.
Love, relationship, family, friends; this movie got it all. And if I can sum up this whole entire story in a sentence (which is hard for me to point it out for its clever plot and script); while we’re young, seize the moment. There are many many many moments in high school that are too precious to be missed. And to experience them all doesn’t make you a mainstream person who does anything that everybody else does, like what Kat so worries about. Instead, you can experience all of that in a way that you really want, not in the way that everyone else wants. I believe you can see the difference in that, right? High school is meant to be an age where you can act stupid and crazy (a credit to: [1] Patrick’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” serenade in the school field for Kat, and [2] Kat’s table dance in Bogey Lowenstein’s party), therefore we would have great moments to be reminisced and laughed at in a distant future. It’s an age where you can find and shape yourself through your choices, so make the full of it.

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Based on the infamous William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” with modernization, “10 Things I Hate About You” received generally positive feedback from critics, with most of them praised the two leads couple, Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger. It was a breakout success not only for Stiles and Ledger, but also for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The title itself was taken from a poem Stiles’ character, Kat, wrote for her English class which revealing her true feelings toward Ledger’s character, Patrick. “10 Things I Hate About You” is topping my list of the best teen comedy romance movies of all time. Even until now, I can barely find its competitors. The storyline is simple yet refreshing; clever and perfectly executed by the cast. Moreover, I personally think that this movie is never getting old. Even when I watch it all over again nowadays, I never get bored of it. Indeed, watching comedy is good for your health. Just like it’s written in the induction part of “The Taming of the Shrew”; “Your honour’s players, heating your amendment, are come to play a pleasant comedy. For so your doctors hold it very meet, seeing too much sadness hath congeal’d your blood, and melancholy is the nurse of frenzy. Therefore they thought it good you hear a play and frame your mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.


Patrick: “So what’s your excuse?
Kat: “For?
Patrick: “Acting the way we do.
Kat: “I don’t like to do what people expect.Why should I live up to other people’s expectations instead of my own?
Patrick: “So you disappoint them from the start and then you’re covered, right?
Kat: “Something like that.
Patrick: “Then you screwed up!
Kat: “How?
Patrick: “You never disappointed me.
(10 Things I Hate About You, 1999)

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