10 Things I Love About 10 Things I Hate About You


Kaley Kaminski, Staff Writer

Rediscovering ‘old’ movies is like finding a cute, vintage sweater from a thrift store; it’s intriguing. The movie 10 Things I Hate About You was made in 1999, but was just recently put in Netflix’s ‘new releases’ category. It is about an impossibly undateable girl, Kat, who has a younger sister. Kat’s younger sister, Bianca, is very well liked by older boys, but faces the barrier that her father has produced for her: she is not allowed to go out with a boy until her older sister goes out on a date. An older boy takes interest in Bianca and pays another boy, Patrick, to take Kat out on a date. One thing leads to another and things get quite messy. I have taken a liking for this movie for many different reasons: ten to be exact.

The first thing I took a liking to is that this movie is not your typical love story. Having two personalities of Kat and Patrick that are completely different, but when put together are fun, perky, and adventurous, makes the movie more interesting to watch. It is a unique way in which they meet, but you will not be rolling your eyes because you think you know what happens next. This makes it a slow and steady race to the end of the movie.

The second point that I enjoyed was that this movie did not have a plot with boy meets girl; they take a liking to each other, they fall in love, and they live happily ever after. Their relationship showed struggles of normal teenage relationships. It was a realist example of a modern teenage couple.

A third reason I enjoy this movie is because did not only focus on dating; it showed how events that could happen in a family could bond the siblings. By the end of the movie, the two sisters became close as if they were best friends. That was a little side plot, but it was also refreshing from the lovey dovey romance aspect of the movie.

This movie exemplifies the importance of sharing your thoughts and emotions with the people who support you. Kat and Bianca’s mother had left their family, and Kat kept a whole lot of anger balled up inside of her. This made her hostile towards everyone around her, making them hesitant to interact with her.  

The ongoing stereotypes of different teenagers in each school are inevitable. Whether you are a jock or an arts student, you have your own category. I feel this movie presents the stereotypes perfectly in a joking manner. It shows  you that stereotypes do influence the thoughts of teenagers and how they interact with each other.

When people do certain things, they should should do it without expecting something in return. In this situation, Patrick expects to be getting paid for taking Kat out on dates. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love with her. Pretty soon the money means nothing to him and that is not what he pines after any longer.

This movie shows the complications of minor details being blown into proportion. Not everything is plain and simple. Even though some people can keep secrets and sneak around, the truth is always found out one way or another.

The saying ‘be careful what you wish for’ is not just spoken as a cool saying. It is a insider hint to tell you that not everything is what you wish it to be. In 10 Things I Hate About You Bianca is interested in an older boy that also happens to be interested in her as well. Sooner than you know it, Bianca finds out that the boy has alternative motives.

One of the last things that I learned from this movie was to put yourself out there. To be able to find happiness in someone else, one needs to let loose and have some fun. A person doesn’t have to be cautious in everything that they do in order to have fun. Who knows what the outcome could be?

Lastly I feel the movie shows how one should live by the golden rule: Treat people the way you would like to be treated. When one goes through life acting this way, they could possibly have little to no conflicts with others around them. At the beginning of this movie, Kat is very bitter and that effects how everyone treats her. But doesn’t everyone want to be the happy, go-lucky, fun person to be around?