Director: Gil Junger
Publication Date: 1999
Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 and up
Plot: The new kid (Cameron) in town desperately wants to date Bianca, a ditsy but sweet girl (Bianca) in school. Unfortunately, she cannot date anyone unless her mean older sister (Kat) dates as well (father’s orders). By paying the school’s mysterious bad boy (Patrick) to date Kat, this makes Bianca free to date whoever she wants. Unfortunately, Cameron is not the only one who wants to date the sweet girl.
Critical Evaluation: The characters who are the main focus are Patrick and Kat because their characters at the beginning are seen to be incapable of loving another or being loved. And yet, their relationship builds from a distant acquaintance to a loving friendship. Even though Kat’s feelings are hurt after hearing the truth about Patrick being paid to date her, she’s able to jump back out of her mean demeanor and forgive Patrick after he apologizes and gives her a guitar as a gift. This relationship helped Kat and Patrick become better people to each other and to others.
Reader’s Annotation: Can two of the meanest people in school become better people? What are the chances if they both dated?
Author: Retrieved from imdb.com – Gil Junger began his career in Hollywood by attending the University of Texas at Austin’s Radio, TV, and Film School. After graduating, he became a gofer. He moved into directing television, and has worked on such series as “Dharma & Greg” (1997) and “The Golden Girls” (1985). He was nominated for an Emmy and a Director’s Guild Award for directing the episode of “Ellen” (1994), in which the lead character reveals that she is a lesbian. He broke into feature film directing with 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). He is an avid photographer, golfer, and musician, and is in a band called “Mid-Life Crisis”.
Curriculum Ties: N/A
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- Alcohol and drug use
- Sex-related humor and dialogue
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Why This Movie? I have always been a fan of this movie ever since it was released in the theaters. The humor was always able to make me laugh and the characters were so interesting to follow.