Dive-In Movie Night: 10 Things I Hate About You
The rules in the Stratford household clearly state that the pretty, popular sister (Larisa Oleynik) can start dating only when her rebellious, unpopular sibling (Julia Stiles) agrees to acknowledge the existence of boys. A teen comedy for those who normally wouldn’t be caught dead inside a multiplex that plays films of this kind. One wonders: were it not for the Shakespeare connection — it’s loosely adapted from Taming of the Shrew — would this have attracted such a broad following? Perhaps: Heath Ledger first came to the attention of American moviegoers with his charming performance as the hardass object of Stiles’ affection. The SRO screening I attended was packed with high school girls: hearts swooning in unison whelmed the auditorium the moment Ledger took to the bleachers to serenade Stiles with a chorus of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”
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