"The first thing you'll notice about 10 Things I Hate About You
is that it's fairly different from the feature film of the same name, an updating of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew
. Instead it plays more like a cross between Bring It On
and a John Hughes teen comedy. While the 1999 movie was set in Seattle, the ABC Family series takes place in Los Angeles. Newly arrived from Ohio, Kat (Lindsey Shaw) and Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin) live with their father, Walter (Larry Miller, the sole holdover from the big-screen cast). Socially conscious Kat disdains the hierarchy at Padua High, while bubbly Bianca longs to join the popular crowd, so she starts by cozying up to bossy Chastity (Dana Davis), the head cheerleader. During these 10 episodes, sweet and nerdy Cameron (Nicholas Braun) tries to woo Bianca, while bad boy Patrick (Ethan Peck) and Kat pretend they don't like each other. (In the movie, Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt played the central trio.) Other characters of interest include Kat's black-clad pal Mandella (Jolene Purdy), Chastity's body-conscious boyfriend Joey (Chris Zylka), and Principal Holland (a very funny Suzy Nakamura). If the differences from the film are irritating at first, the series hits its stride by the third episode, in which Kat gets a glimpse of Patrick's softer side. From then on, the show develops its own voice.
Though there's more sexual innuendo than necessary--the show would actually provide a better fit for the CW network--sharp writing and a charismatic cast make for a mostly successful movie-to-TV transition. Bonus features include bloopers, behind-the-scenes featurettes, the pilot of Make It or Break It, and audio commentaries with the cast and crew, including creator Carter Covington and producer Gil Junger, who directed the original film. --Kathleen C. Fennessy"
Based on the original hit movie comes the hilarious comedy that is a hit with fans and critics across the nation. Experience the ultimate sibling rivalry with the ABC Family original series 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. Meet Kat and Bianca, two very different sisters who have their own unique views on high school life and teenage love. Kat is a feisty, smart student activist who wants to stand out, and Bianca is a sweet social butterfly who just wants to fit in. Things get a lot more complicated, however, when Kat meets the mysterious Patrick Verona. Relive all 10 episodes, complete with exciting bonus features. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU is a witty and fun family comedy with something for everyone!