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10 Things I Hate About You Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    While the attractive cast is willing, the translation into '90s teen culture is weak -- like a clueless adult's notion of cool.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    And yet ... gee, the movie is charming, despite its exhausted wheeze of an ancient recycled plot idea.

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  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    What sets this apart from its many competitors for teen dollars is that not only does the movie feature a surprisingly edgy and intelligent script, but it offers a group of characters capable of holding an audience's interest for more than 90 minutes.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The film's crank-case snappishness doesn't break any molds, but it certainly gives you a lift.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune

    A mostly charming comedy that could probably win over even the crustiest English literature professor. [31 Mar 1999]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know there are a great many references to sex, even by the standards of teen comedies, and especially a number of references to male genitalia, including a boy who draws a picture on the face of another and a boy who pretends to expose himself in the lunchroom, using a bratwurst, as well as the usual teen references to who has "done it." There is a wild party, with teen drinking and smoking, and brief references to drug use. The scene in which a girl bears her breasts to a teacher is worth discussing.

  • Families can talk about how realistic the portrayal of teen life is or isn't.

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Heroines demonstrate a very healthy attitude and strong self-esteem, defending their hearts and their bodies very capably. Kat and her father have a tough time communicating but eventually come to understand each other.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Many references to sex. Kat flashes her breasts at a teacher as a diversion (nothing shown). Kat and Bianca's dad is an obstetrician and makes his daughters wear a fake pregnant belly before they go on dates. Senior Kat discusses a bad sexual experience in 9th grade.

  • language false2

    Language: Occasional.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One teen character gives up smoking to attract a girl. Drinking at an out-of-control high school party. Main character throws up after drinking and dancing on a table.