One of the greatest writers of all time, Shakespeare, wrote several plays that directly influence storytelling today. There are theater productions around the world every year that follow his words and tell his tragic or comical tales. But, as it happens for all adaptations: some are more in keeping with the original story while others take creative liberties.
The ’90s were full of adaptations of Shakespeare that fit the more creative side of them. Baz Luhrmanns Romeo and Juliet Take lovers to Verona beach in modern times. Another example is teen romantic comedies 10 things I hate about you. The film stars Julia Stiles as Kat and Heath Ledger as Patrick, the film’s main couple; These two take a modern twist on a high school classic Taming of the shrew.
The movie is fun and heartwarming after more than twenty years. Here are the best moments in the movie.
10 Mr. Stratford sets a new rule
The movie’s plot really begins at the moment when Mr. Stratford (Larry Miller), Bianca’s (Larisa Oleynik) father, and Kat establish a new rule regarding their dating-to-dating lives. Bianca can only date if Kat is also dating, and that also applies to attending parties and prom. This is the moment most similar to the original story, Taming of the shrewThis is the modern version of the condition that the original character makes for his daughters.
9 Cameron and Michael have a plan
Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Michael (David Krumholtz) become a duo early in the movie, as Michael is the one in charge of Cameron’s school show. They become good friends and go on this crazy journey to try and get Bianca and Cameron together. They come up with a crazy plan that works strangely – even if they have to regroup and rethink their strategy several times.
8 Kat loves beautiful men
Every interaction between Patrick, Michael, and Cameron was fun, but this biker bar combo is perhaps the funniest. Arriving there, Cameron picked up a matchbox, and Michael said that he should not touch anything, otherwise he might catch hepatitis. Afterwards, they talk to Patrick about all the things they’ve found that Kat likes, which includes pretty boys, which they find to be a potential problem. This is when Heath Ledger looks them dead in the eyes and asks, “Are you telling me I’m not a pretty guy?” Which they quickly deny.
7 Patrick changes tactics
Patrick realizes that getting Kat to go on a date with him will not be as easy as he first thought. So, he teamed up with Cameron and Michael and they did it as a group effort. The boys discover that one of her favorite bands is playing in a bar, so Patrick goes there. He changes his tactics, not trying to impress her but rather entertaining her with her banter – while also calling her sexy the moment the music ends, and everyone hears her. It’s the first time Kat has laughed, even directed at him, instead of frowning in his presence.
6 Cameron is honest with Bianca
Cameron was so hurt that Bianca let him pass without having any real feelings or intentions of going out with him. She asks him for a ride home, and after a pep talk from Patrick, Cameron does her a favor. When they came to her house, he asked her if she had always been so selfish, among other things, as he really did like her; He was even going to teach her French. Bianca rethinks her decisions and kisses him, and that’s when they begin their relationship.
5 Patrick and Kat go paintball
This is Patrick and Kat’s first real date, which they go on because she flashes their teacher, and he manages to escape arrest for her singing. It is one of the first moments when they both allow themselves to enjoy and be with each other. This is also the first time they kiss. It’s fun and in tune with what the characters love, as well as a perfect rom-com moment.
4 Mr. Stratford changes his mind
Mr. Stratford is strict with his two daughters throughout the movie. He finds out that Kat applied to and got into Sarah Lawrence College without him knowing. At first, he firmly states that she will not go to college on the other side of the country, to her complete despair. At the end of the movie, he sits down with her and explains why he acts the way he does. At the end of their conversation, he tells her that he has already made the down payment for her to attend the college of her dreams. It’s a sweet moment as he begins to redeem himself and repair his relationship with his eldest daughter.
3 Bianca punches Joey
Joey (Andrew Keegan) He is an insufferable guy who sees others, especially girls, as challenges for him to overcome. It takes a while for Bianca to see who he really is, but when she does, she doesn’t hold back. Joey punches Cameron for cheating on him and is now with Bianca. The girl responds by punching him twice and hitting her knee on his stomach. It is the first time that the character stands up for herself and takes revenge for her sister and boyfriend.
2 Patrick sings to Kat
“I love you baby, and if it’s alright, I need you, baby…” This is the most iconic scene in the entire movie. Patrick refused Kat, not wanting to kiss her when he was getting paid to take her out, which Kat obviously didn’t know. She is hurt by what he did. So, in order to win it back, he sings it I can’t take my eyes off you In front of the soccer team with the help of the school band. His dance makes him run from the two police officers who want him to stop. A defining moment for any romantic comedy lover.
1 Kat reads her poem
“But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you, not even close… not even a little bit… not even at all.” Kat loves to read, especially feminist writers. Her teacher asks the class to rewrite a sonnet by Shakespeare (referring to the original story). Kat wrote the poem after Patrick completely broke her heart, and her words fall short of grief. So much so that it wasn’t in the script for the actress to cry, but she did and it made for one of the best scenes in the movie. Afterwards, Patrick buys her a guitar, and they get back together, after the happy ending they deserve.