10 Things I Hate About You

Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is reconfigured into the setting of "Padua High" (actually Tacoma's Stadium High School, an amazing neo-gothic structure on Puget Sound that resembles a castle by the sea). Julia Stiles plays Kat, a Sylvia Plath-reading feminist who can't wait to graduate and get away from her restrictive dad and the stupidity that is high school. Her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is her opposite: a boy-crazy, miniskirt-wearing sophomore who dreams of going to the senior prom. Problem is, Dad says that if Kat doesn't go, then Bianca doesn't go. Bianca's admirer (Andrew Keegan) concocts an elaborate plan to get tough-guy Patrick (Heath Ledger) to ask Kat to the prom. The sharp, fast-paced dialogue makes 10 Things the best teen movie of 1999. And while the film pretends that no teenage guy in his right mind would want to go out with Kat, any viewer can see that she's all that, and more. The movie is screened as part of an ongoing tribute to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (PG-13) SOYON IM

Sat., Feb. 11, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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