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Move Review Of 10 Things I Hate About You

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Move Review of 10 Things I Hate About You

Katerina Stratford (Julie Stiles) takes no prisoners in her approach
to life. She lives a virtually un-materialistic life compared to her
little sister Bianca (Larissa Oleynik) who lives life as Daddy's
little princess and loves it. Only one thing stands in the way of
happiness for Bianca; the one rule that stands in her household, 'No
dating until they graduate'. For Bianca this is a penalty worse than
death but for the once popular Kat, it's not an issue. This is
because, according to her sister, Kat 'got bored' of being popular and
thus mutated into 'a particularly hideous breed of loser'.

All goes well in the lives of the sisters until school pretty boy Joey
Donner (Andrew Keegan) sets his sights on Bianca. This is bad for the
new boy Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who also has a thing for
the popular sophomore girl. Both hit a brick wall as far as taking
Bianca out as her father (Larry Miller) is keeping his rule firm. This
is until Walter Stratford decides that a new rule is in order: Bianca
can date, when Kat dates. This drives Cameron to enlist the help of
school bad-boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), the same guy who
allegedly sold his own liver for a new set of speakers. The only
problem is, in the school where popularity prevails, no one does
something for free. Cameron and his friend Michael Eckman (David
Krumholtz) decide that they can play Joey's intelligence, or lack of,
against him by using his money to finance their plan. With Patrick's
help the boys must get Kat to date so that True love can take its
course with Bianca and Cameron. Sarcastic and snappy, Julie stiles
play the 'shrew' brilliantly opposite bad boy Heath ledger, who with
his bad ways and good looks, can appeal to any girl.

The plot of this film has many similarities with Shakespeare's 'the
Taming of the Shrew', but also has many noticeable differences. To
make the classic play appeal to a wider, more modern audience, the
storyline has been modernised and set in a West coast American high
school. The film kept the same plot and subplot of ' the taming of the
Shrew', but has shed the old fashioned names but still kept the
Shakespearean roots, with names like Verona, which is the town in
which Romeo and Juliet is set., and Stratford, the birthplace of
Shakespeare. The characters of Kat and Bianca are essentially the
same, although both had to be modernised due to the setting. Bianca
retained the ability to attract many men while Kat retained the fiery
temper of her counterpart in 'the taming of the shrew'. The main plot
of both of the plots sees a man trying to tame the 'Shrew' so that the
younger, more attractive of the sister can be married, or just taken
out, by a suitor of her choice.

Both of the subplots see different men trying to vie for...

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