10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Apart from the fact that the kids in 10 Things I Hate About You really aren't given much weighty incentive to neither hate nor love each other, that is basically what they spend the better parts of this Shakespeare inspired teenage comedy doing. The direction, by television man Gil Junger, is uneven, and the cinematography bordering on vicious with the actors rarely being caught in flattering lighting. Still, the film does have a youthful and quite earnest charm that gets to you, despite its conventional high school film contagion. The characters are seemingly stereotypical, but they are not void of depth, and the performers, including a young and sexy Heath Ledger, contribute to a handful of memorable scenes (such as Ledger's singing number). 10 Things I Hate About You appeared at a thriving time for American teenage films, and although this one is not as sweet as She's All That or as cunningly sexy as Cruel Intentions, it does have more heart and humour than American Pie. Larry Miller is particularly funny as the girls' father.