’10 Things I Hate About You’ Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary: Where’s Our Next Self-Identified Teen Feminist Heroine?
On March 31, 1999, 10 Things I Hate About You premiered in theaters, updating Taming of the Shrew for the turn-of-the-millennium set. Baz Luhrmann had adapted Romeo + Juliet a few years earlier, but this was a more complete modernization, frothed up with snappy dialogue, high-school dramatics, and then-unknown Heath Ledger’s roguish grin. It made perfect sense that this Shakespearean adaptation would come served as a teen movie, because teen movies were in their prime. Classic late-’90s films like She’s All That, Cruel Intentions, and Varsity Blues directly preceded 10 Things, heralding a new post-John Hughes renaissance of the teen movie.