4.25 — 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999) and Fun

Our focus this week is the now 21-year-old (gulp) film, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. We follow some reviews with some discussion about the iconic status of this film, the multiple (and sometimes surprising!) similarities to Shakespeare, and the fact that it’s sometimes just good fun to put politics aside and — like Kat* — enjoy yourself.
(* This is a great point, and I (Sam) am wishing I made it during the episode. Damn.)

Next Time
The next high school film we’re watching is the 2004 movie MEAN GIRLS.

Recent Media
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019): J.J. Abrams,
1917 (2019): Sam Mendes, George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman
DAYBREAK (2019): Brad Peyton, Colin Ford, Alyvia Alyn Lind

Recommendations
JUNO (2007): Jason Reitman, Ellen Page, Michael Cera
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005): Ang Lee, Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal
SERENITY (2005): Joss Whedon, Nahan Fillon, Gina Torres
BAD BOYS II (2003): Michael Bay, Martin Lawrence, Will Smith

Footnotes
Firstly, here’s a plot summary of The Taming of the Shrew, the Shakespeare play on which this film is based. (On this note, this is a good article) [his has more on the process of editing a film to music (although, arguably, 10 THINGS… does what this article is trying not to do, and at times is almost deliberately like a music video). Here’s the plot of the play that inspired another classically influenced high school film, the ‘modern classic’ (R.Maythorne) SHE’S ALL THAT. Sam mentions the idea of ‘gaslighting’ briefly, when talking about Kat’s conversation with Patrick; there’s more on that, here. Finally, here are a few of the promised links to Rob’s odes to the wonders of BAD BOYS II