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10 Things I Hate About You



Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.
Parents recommendPopular with kids
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive 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.

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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.



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Drinking, drugs, & 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.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 10 Things I Hate About You has lots of 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.

What's the story?

Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), a beautiful high school sophomore, longs for a social life. But her father will not let her date until her older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) does. Sound familiar? This is an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" set in a Tacoma, Washington high school. The movie benefits from appealing performers and some genuinely fresh and funny dialogue, but parents should know that it contains a good bit of material that may be inappropriate for younger teens.

Is it any good?


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 the movie 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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 31, 1999
DVD/Streaming release date:October 12, 1999
Cast:Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles
Director:Gil Junger
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude sex-related humor and dialogue, alcohol and drug-related scenes, all involving teens

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Adult Written byGhcool April 9, 2008
Parent of a 7, 10, and 12 year old Written byMrsReb16 February 3, 2010

Great movie

Love it! It was a great movie
Parent Written bymommygirl987654321 February 13, 2010

I remember this movie...

I watched this when I was 13 and there was nothing that I havn't learned that was allready very inappropriate. My older daughters love this movie and so do I. Watch it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages