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Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> October 1999 >> 10 Things I Hate About You
While this may be something of a bubble-gum movie on the surface, I really enjoyed it. It's infectiously ebullient for a hefty portion of the time, and at least reasonably inventive in the way the characters grind through the recycled elements of the plot.
I found myself surprisingly attracted to Kat, played by Julia Stiles. I couldn't put my finger on why for the longest time, though. I think it boils down to brains. It's almost astonishing to see a teenager with any significant degree of intelligence in a movie like this, and it's a nice change from the usual characteristics to which movies quickly resort.
The DVD for 10 Things is a bit lacking in content, so I'm forced to harp on its inadequacies to feel like I'm not doing an inadequate job documenting it. The greatest annoyance by far is the difficulty in reading the subtitles. The font requires better-than- television resolution, and it was constantly suffering from color bleed. There was also little attempt to have the text take advantage of the matte created by letterboxing. There were even some points in the opening credits where I suspected that the aspect ratio on the disc wasn't quite as wide as the original because the text ran off the edge.
I was also planning to carp about the annoyance of going back through the set up menu to toggle the audio between English and French. I finally figured out why: the French lesson features English subtitles in the main film visual. In the French overdub, though, it's an Italian lesson, and the film needs to show French subtitles.
For extra content, there is the trailer, though not in widescreen. Fortunately, credit is regained because the trailer gets more interesting when you still-frame the rapidly flipping Things I Hate. There are also some recommendations for other movies that might be enjoyed. I'll agree with She's All That, Emma, While You Were Sleeping, Splash, and even Father of the Bride, but The Waterboy? Sorry, that's too much of a stretch.