10 Things I Hate About You

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 91 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.


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.



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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 12-year-old Written bySusan H. March 5, 2018

conversation starter

I really loved this movie when it first came out, and was excited to watch it with my daughter. There were several places where we paused the movie to talk abo... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byphillyfemme444 February 3, 2011

Highschoolers have seen it already, but shoo the middle school out of the room!

Because I love Taming of the Shrew, I like this movie for myself. I also know that the high school behavior depicted in this movie is typical of most high scho... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bytheatrekid March 28, 2021

10 Things To Say About This Movie

In lieu of the 10 things theme, my review will be a list of 10 of my observations on this movie.
1. It’s based on The Taming of the Shrew, a Shakespeare play th... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bytaehyungenthusiast August 21, 2021

kat is an icon

I love this movie a lot. I think its really cute and their chemistry was great. It was a very light romance movie. Theres nothing too inappropriate about this m... Continue reading

What's the story?

In 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, 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.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how realistic the portrayal of teen life in 10 Things I Hate About You is or isn't.

  • How are drinking and smoking conveyed in the movie? Are they glamorized, or are the potential negative consequences shown? 

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