Parents' Guide to

10 Things I Hate About You

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.

Movie PG-13 1999 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 26 parent reviews

age 14+

First half is normalized negativity...second half is ok...Ledger is great!

Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, David Krumholtz and the not my favorite Julia Stiles all work together fairly seamlessly to provide a teen film experience on the level of Fast Times at Ridgemont High with Shakespeare. Unfortunately the film relies a lot on a slew of normalized negativity thrown at Stiles' character in the first half of the film. Ledger of course though oozes charisma and a lot of promise that he could do so much more.
age 14+

Good for teens

Entertaining movie with a fun cast.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (26 ):
Kids say (98 ):

The movie benefits from appealing performers and some genuinely fresh and funny dialogue. Comedian Larry Miller is terrific as the girls' father, overprotective because their mother abandoned the family and because as an obstetrician he sees too many pregnant teenagers. But the teachers in 10 Things I Hate About You are more juvenile than the kids, including a guidance counselor more concerned with writing a very steamy novel than with the behavior and well-being of the students, an English teacher who insults the kids and is arbitrary with discipline, and a soccer coach who is all but comatose at the sight of a girl's breasts, which she flashes to distract him from a boy's escape from detention.

Parents should also know that there are a great many references to sex, even by the standards of teen comedies, and there is a wild party with teen drinking and smoking, and brief references to drug use. On the positive side, the heroines demonstrate a very healthy attitude and strong self-esteem, defending their hearts and their bodies very capably. One admits to having had a bad sexual experience in 9th grade, then deciding she was not ready for sexual involvement, and learning to think for herself in the future. And when one of the characters decides to drink tequila at a party, she ends up dancing in an embarassing fashion and then throwing up in front of the boy she likes.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 31, 1999
  • On DVD or streaming: October 12, 1999
  • Cast: Heath Ledger , Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Julia Stiles
  • Director: Gil Junger
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Touchstone Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude sex-related humor and dialogue, alcohol and drug-related scenes, all involving teens
  • Last updated: January 1, 2024

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