Shakespeare adaptations aren't a new thing. Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet...you name it, chances are it's been adapted. Thankfully for those who don't understand Shakespeare's language (me included), there have been modern takes on his plays (West Side Story).
New kid Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is head over heels for popular sophomore Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik), but Bianca's overprotective father forbids her to date unless Bianca's older ill-tempered sister Kat (Julia Stiles) dates. But Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan) wants Bianca, so he uses sullen senior Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to attempt to win Kat's heart. Will Patrick be able to win Kat over and Cameron will be able to have Bianca?
You think having spent over a year and a half watching critically acclaimed movies and award winners I wouldn't like a teen comedy. Guess not. I'm actually surprised I liked it. Maybe because I could relate to the lead characters. Or because Heath Ledger AND Joseph Gordon-Levitt are in the same movie. I don't know, probably both. Anyway, if you're looking for a light comedy (or a translation of The Taming of the Shrew), here you go.
My Rating: ****