by Ralph Linardic,
With Crazy Rich Asians coming out this week, I thought it was appropriate for this week’s Throwback film to be about an all-white Romantic Comedy. Just kidding, but 10 Things is good enough that it deserves to be brought up in the conversation of respectable Rom Com’s. It’s hard to find respectable teenage romantic comedy/coming-of-age film these days. With the market flooded from Netflix’s dozens of teenage films, and the general inconsistency of them to begin with, 10 Things I Hate About You stands out amongst the bystanders as something work checking out.
Starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, 10 Things I Hate About You follows Patrick and Kat’s lives at Stadium High School and eventually their unlikely relationship. While not the best Romantic Comedy out there, the film works because of Ledger and Stiles’ chemistry. Selling the relationship is crucial as their love story is the core of the film. In the end, I was charmed every second the two lovebirds shared the screen. Every above average/great teen film has that dynamic relationship, and Ledger and Stiles as a couple matches up with the best.
Director Gil Junger also makes the film amongst the best Rom Com’s as the movie avoids all the usual clichés. While standard in its core story, 10 Things stands out by being unpredictable at every turn. These characters made decisions that I couldn’t predict, nor would I expect. Being erratic isn’t always the best move for a screenplay, but this film kept me guessing and enjoying the ride.
I enjoyed 10 Things I Hate About You a lot. It’s not one that I can re-watch all the time, but it’s a film that’s good to watch every year to remind you of that first love. It has some minor pacing issues, but at its core, it tells a genuine story about young love.