By Drew Turney
Apparently a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s ”Taming of the Shrew”, this had all the hallmarks of being as banal and boring as the American teen comedies of the pre-”American Pie” era. Instead, a great script, some sharp jabs, a surprisingly mature outlook and some stand-out characters make it an pleasure to watch. New guy Cameron (Gordon-Levitt) desperately wants to date beautiful Bianca (Oleynik), whose over-protective obstetrician father (played to sarcastic perfection by Miller â€“ the College Dean from ”The Nutty Professor”) won’t let her out until her anti-social sister Kat (Stiles) dates too.
A set-up for the nerdy-sweet Cameron to convince school creep (Ledger, giving the strange half-American, half-Australian accent US audiences seem to love but otherwise shining) to take Kat out, leading to them inevitably falling in love. A cute teenage romance, interspersed with some great characterisations. Williams and Janney breathe comic life into some otherwise irrelevant roles, and Stiles plays a militant, intelligent young woman in the vein of Janeane Garofalo’s best roles, and to the credit of the script she doesn’t lose it all to turn into the prom queen after one swoon.
There’s a great commentary – with co-writers Karen Lutz and Kirsten Smith, and stars Andrew Keegan, David Krumholtz, Larisa Oleynik and Susan May Pratt – but the retrospective featurette failed (or were Disney simply trying to keep costs down?) to bring back any of the young cast members for a chat. Pity. Still, a few good things here that’ll no doubt go down well with the film’s many fans.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.