10 Things I Hate About You Turned 25, And It’s Still One Of The Best Modern Shakespeare Adaptations Ever


Before the record-breaking romantic comedy Anyone But You was unknowingly making audiences fall in love with Shakespeare, there were tons of other modern retellings of the famous playwright’s stories. In fact, the 90s and early aughts were full of teen Shakespeare adaptations like Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo + Juliet and Amanda Bynes’s She’s the Man. However, 10 Things I Hate About You is, in my opinion, the best modern Shakespeare adaptation and one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Even at 25 years old, nothing seems to top the chemistry between Kat Stratford and Patrick Verona.  

A modernization of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You begins when Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) transfers to Padua High School and becomes smitten with Bianca Stratford (Larisa Olenynik). Unable to date until her sister Kat (Julia Stiles) does, Cameron and his new friend Michael (David Krumholtz) devise a scheme to get rich kid Joey (Andrew Keegan) to pay bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger) to date Kat. Patrick reluctantly agrees and, over the course of the scheme, ends up falling for Kat for real but her own feelings are much more complicated once she learns the truth. 

I’ve seen the movie more times than I care to admit, which is why I am confident in saying that it’s the best modern Shakespeare adaptation ever. Several movies have come close, but none have been able to recreate the magic these up-and-coming actors created when cameras started rolling. With 10 Things I Hate About You turning 25 on March 31st, it’s the perfect time to look back on why this movie works so well. 

Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You

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The Movie Makes Patrick Similar To His Shakespeare Counterpart, But Way Less Problematic

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