10 Things I Hate About You

  • Review Date: December 20, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.
  • Review Date: December 20, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

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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.

Violence
Not applicable
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

Occasional.

Consumerism
Not applicable
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 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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Bianca, a beautiful high school sophomore, longs for a social life. But her father will not let her date until her older sister Kat 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?

QUALITY
 

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.

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 31, 1999
DVD release date:October 12, 1999
Cast:Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles
Director:Gil Junger
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

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Teen, 14 years old Written bywhyhellomister144 February 23, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

THE teen movie of the '90s

I love this movie, mainly because it had my two favorite actors in it - Heath Ledger (we'll miss you, Heath!) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt - before they became famous. Not very deep or complex - don't worry, you won't be required to think - and somewhat predictable....but it's a nice, pleasant, funny, fluffy teen comedy. Nothing graphic, nothing horrific....go see it :)
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 7, 10, and 12 year old Written byMrsReb16 February 3, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Great movie

Love it! It was a great movie
Adult Written bymoviemadness December 29, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

A Fun "Let's Waste Time" Movie

A so-so teen comedy. Nothing too bad for the high school set, and charming enough for a rainy day girls' night. The plot is predictable, and there are a few iffy moments, including a table dance, a fight, and a very nasty "player" boy. Altogether okay for 13+

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