In the 90s as well as today, teen movies are hugely popular and even more hugely profitable. It’s a genre that the world at large cannot seem to get enough of. With attractive young actors, coming of age stories, and lots of partying and debauchery, who could resist such charming entertainment?
I’ve always been a sucker for teen films and I think it’s because I still have the mind of a teenager. Crude humor, petty drama, turbulent angst, and beautiful young women still interest me at 26 years of age. Besides Dazed and Confused and the John Hughes legacy, one of my favorite teen movies is an exceptional piece of teen comedy and romance known as 10 Things I Hate About You.
Much like the way that Clueless is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s “Emma” and She’s All That is a present-day “Pygmalion,” 10 Things I Hate About You owes the majority of its story to William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Despite its initially-recycled concept, the film succeeds in breathing originality and promise into the genre.
What largely separates this film from much of the mediocre competition is the fact that the script is surprisingly smart and the characters are memorable.