"Nice performances keep the film from being a total waste."
The easy way out of reviewing this, yet another, teen-exploitation flick would be to say 10 Things I Hate About 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. But hate might be too severe of a word for this only mildly offensive teeny-bopper jaunt.And I mean that in the most complimentary way. Try as they may to be unique, they all have their anticlimatic and triumphant endings at the senior prom.
10 THINGS is no different but the journey to that spectacular high school event holds some captivation.
The plot is as elementary as they come. Younger sister-Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) wants to date but Dad wont let her until older sister-Kat (Julia Stiles) dates. The problem - Kat feels all the high school 'boys' are beneath her and finds books, music and concerts much more worth her time. But poor sophomore Bianca thinks high school boys are the most - especially teen model Joey (Andrew Keegan) who happens to have a thing for her. Alas - an adolescent crisis. How on earth will Bianca get bitchy, arrogant Kat to not only loosen up but to date the very creatures that now repulse her? Enter new kid Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who has his eye on Bianca as well and with the help of the informative man on campus (David Krumholtz) Cameron sets out to find Kat a date.
Nice performances by Krumholtz, Stiles and Heath Ledger, who becomes Cameron's choice for Kat's one and only, keep the film from being a total waste. However, only slightly. Not much credit can be given to a film that includes dialogue such as:
Bianca: "There's a difference between like and love. I like my Skechers but I love my Prada backpack."
Best Friend: "But I love my Skechers?"
Bianca: "That's because you don't have a Prada backpack."
Best Friend: "Oh, OK."
And nevermind the typical ignorant and idiotic adults, used only as plot pawns, who are either extremely aggressive or completely passive toward teenagers.Seemingly fitfull for the audience 10 THINGS is trying to reach, though - afterall, how appealing would the film be to its target audience if the adults really did have all the answers?