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Last night I watched "10 Things I Hate About You," which I have always meant to see but somehow never seen even a minute of before, after spotting a shiny new scratch-free 10th anniversary edition DVD at the library.  It has a disappointingly high amount of gross 'humor,' which made me angry and is singlehandedly keeping it from a top rating, but on the other hand, ahhhhhh! 

Heath Ledger/Julia Stiles is officially my beyond-perfection screen pairing of the 90s. I imagined it might be this way based on how much I love both of them individually, but then a) they both have exceedingly perfect hair (her especially, geeze, that is like a princess), and b) Kat/Patrick is, how do you say, practically perfect in every way? SO MUCH LOVE. I've got a real short list of movie couples that own my heart, and they just rocketed to the top of it. Picspams! I need picspams, stat. I will only be able to rewatch scenes so many times before Friday.

I rather liked eveyone else in the film too, aside from not understanding why the guidance counselor had to exist, particularly Bianca** and the puppy eyes sported by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it's just...those two. My stars! Instantly more invigorating than just about everyone across the TV landscape right now. I feel like everyone else in the world has seen this, so clearly you should hop in and start a nostalgia-fueled commentfest of reminiscence.

**3rd Rock from the Sun! I thought she seemed familiar. Well, chalk one up for my love of actors playing love interests in two completely different things.


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Oct. 25th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
I LOVE that movie. I watched it an unhealthy number of times in my teens. I just recently saw it for the first time in years, and it still holds up as one of the more clever modern takes on Shakespeare. But my heart hurts to see Heath Ledger :( Even in a teenage rom com, he showed just how much potential he had. Such a sad loss.
Oct. 26th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THIS FILM. Julia Stiles is one of my favourite actresses and I have to say that this film started my love for her. Patrick/Kat are so shippable!

The guidance counsellor had to exist because Allison Janney is awesome.
Oct. 28th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
a) Huh -- until you mentioned that, I realized the only other Stiles films I've seen are Mona Lisa Smile and The Prince and Me. And yet I'm sure she was a favorite actress long before '03 -- is it possible to love someone based off their media appearances and movie trailers alone?

b) Meanwhile, top couple, yes. I'm thinking top 20. Possibly top 10. I have to evaluate some things, but they're mostly telling me to ignore everyone and love them best.

c) But why couldn't Allison Janney awesomely exist in a less gross way?
Oct. 26th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Oct. 28th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
APPLAUSE! And now I must know: favorite character? Favorite scene? Any similar movies I should see that have probably slipped under my radar?
Oct. 30th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)

Favourite character: probably Joseph Gordon Levitt's because whatever, that dude is SO ADORABLE and I have been crushing ever since he cut his nasty 3rd Rock From The Sun hair. Favourite scene: ALL OF THEM, but Patrick serenading Kat on the bleachers will always be a thing of extra magic. Similar movies ... hmm, teen movies are so iffy; I have dim memories of Can't Hardly Wait being really delightful. Or -- or--

The 10 Things TV show! The universal reaction to this show was pretty much, "UGH, DO NOT WANT," but then I actually watched it -- procrastination drives one to such wild deeds! -- and I got really, really attached to it. It's not the movie, and it's easiest to enjoy it if you don't really compare the two, but I thought the cast was adorable and it was really, really fun and sweet and accomplished the impressive feat of making me ship Bianca/Joey x389573892759 and Bianca/Cameron not at all. And the dude who plays Patrick, DREAMY, and Kat's awesome and snarky and Bianca's awesome and bubbly and the dad is the same dad from the movie and he is a DELIGHT and his relationship with his girls is so poignant and funny and basically, I really, really enjoy it. Fie upon its cancellation!
Oct. 30th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Whoa, check me out using that icon TWICE. Oh, adoring bespectacled Lorelai, you sing the song of my soul so often!
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
I have absolutely no recollection of that movie existing, but 12-years-younger JLH intrigues me. ABC Family 10 Things I Hate About You, on the other hand, I heard about plenty. I thought I remembered reception being "ehhh," but I was also not paying especially close attention, but with a ringing endorsement I can throw it on my One Day In The Distant Future pile. Bianca/Joey does sound like an impressive feat.
Oct. 28th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
I loved that movie! The one thing I didn't like, though, strangely enough, is that toward the end, Kat and Bianca didn't share a genuine sisterly hug, one that said "I'm sorry it took me so long to really understand you, and thanks for proving that you actually are pretty awesome." If Kat could hug her dad, why not her sister? I'm weird about stuff like that.
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
(more fans, yay!) Now that you bring it up, that would have been a really nice scene. Pity it didn't exist, but thank you for mentioning it so I can concoct one in my head to tack on mentally.
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