10 Things I Hate About You

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Al Barnes

Plot: What’s it about?

Two sisters completely opposite of each other try to make it through high school surrounded by a gathering of geeks…the audio/visual club type…cool guys and chicks and every other type all schools have no matter when you went. Enter Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a new kid who absolutely falls for one of the sisters, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) whose father won’t let her date unless her older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) dates at the same time. No problem except that Kat is the most social misfit in the school and the guys are afraid of her. Cameron hatches the perfect (hairbrained) plan to trick the rich kid to pay a guy to date one while he…oh yeah, did I mention the free beer party at the nerds house…tries to get up enough courage to ask…did I mention the impromptu table dance and the all chick dance club (I must admit I played that part a couple of times)…and then it backfires and…man, just watch the movie.

I cruised the rental store looking for a new release and it was either this one or Carrie 2. It would take more than modern day special effects to beat Sissy in the original classic…at least in my opinion. So I went with the teen flick, well to my surprise it’s pretty darn funny. Even though it contains some of the usual hi-jinks most of these films have it also has a good story line woven into some funny gags. There is a touch of Clueless, Animal House (upper class Animal House…whatever that is) and maybe a smidgen of Fast Times At Ridgemont High and the standard feel good ending but hey, I like to feel good.

Another enjoyable part of the movie is the to notch sound track…only if you like Bare Naked Ladies, Sprung Monkey, Spiderbait…had enough…how about Cameo, George Clinton, Salt-N-Pepa. Think you can take some more…Letters To Cleo has several songs through the entire movie including a really tight cover of Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me” at the end of the movie. Does anybody but me remember Cheap Trick at Budokan? I did expect Joseph Gordon-Levitt to be one of the funnier characters based on my experiences with 3rd Rock From The Sun but he is outdone by the rest of the cast. For those of you still in school, once you’ve seen this DVD you’ll always wonder what your teacher might be typing into their computer while talking to you.

P.S. I don’t mean to infer that this is the next Animal House or Fast Times At Ridgemont High, they stand alone as legends in their own time.

Video: How does it look?

One choice with this one and its Widescreen. I did enjoy the flawless look to this DVD and since it didn’t need any way out special effects and computer wizardry to wow the audience all you see is great color and good humor…nice change from the techno barrage that permeates the industry.

Audio: How does it sound?

No action short of the free beer party but the music definitely exercises the 5.1 and rightly so. There are a lot of songs that sound great in Digital and are a great improvement over the standard CD version not just in this movie either. I like hearing many of my favorite tunes coming from six channels instead of two.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Trailers and…well nothing. We don’t need no stinkin’ trailers, we need cast/director bios, bloopers and commentaries. Alternate endings, red rabbits, white rabbits and music videos but no…we get trailers!!!

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