10 Things I Hate About You (** Ĺ) - As I exited the theater of this film, I was verbally lambasted by one of the members of my group for hating the climactic scene. I wasnít allowed to get much a word in - but I did identify my hatred of that moment because it seemed so false. I couldnít come up with an exact explanation at the time - but I will get back to this later.This film is the latest in the current trend of teen remakes of classic films. For anyone who didnít know - this is a 90s version of Shakespeareís The Taming of the Shrew. Not that all these remakes are bad. Itís no secret that I really enjoyed myself (twice) during screenings of Sheís All That. That film had bigger laughs and more freshness than this film. Now itís been a while since I visited Shrew (I havenít read it or watched the Taylor/Burton film version since high school) so I canít accurately identify all of the intricacies of the plot and if this film followed the plot right down to the now famous hated scene. But Iíll get back to that - because itís not the only thing I didnít like. Letís start with the first 20 or so minutes. They did pretty much nothing for me. A couple laughs here and there but a lot of setup. There are moments during this long setup where the actors just stop their dialogue. Christ, it amounted to more pauses than a Harold Pinter play. Very few movies can rebound after such an opening - but I was surprised at much this film began to grow on me. I started to like the characters (most of them anyway) and really enjoyed some of the souped-up dialogue. A sidebar on this though. Iíve always been a supporter of high school students using fifty-cent words to intellectualize their characters. Even if fifteen year olds may not all talk like this - Iíd rather watch smart people talk in a bad movie than dumb people. But in this film - the actors use the big words like they are just part of the script and thatís what they are supposed to say. It doesnít seem natural and thatís a big roadblock in the movie. On Dawsonís Creek - all the characters use the same type of language (Itís a better written show) but the actors make us believe that they are intelligent enough to use such words let alone know what they mean. In this film, some phrases feel about as genuine as the gangbangers reciting Shakespeare in the 1996 MTV version of Romeo and Juliet. But - for a moment - back to the good stuff. Most of the actors do their jobs well. Larisa Oreocookies or whatever her name is does a nice job with the more popular sister and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who I once wrote off the worst child actor in history with roles in the classics Holy Matrimony and Angels and the Outfield - has matured much better than Macaulay Culkin and makes the most of his roles on 3rd Rock from the Sun and here.) In fact - it was the relationship of these two that had me caring a lot more than the main Shrew relationship - it was more genuine and the scenes where she rejects him have some real poignancy. I didnít really care either which way about the Shrew relationship because all the movie conventions are sitting there staring you in the face like a bomb waiting to go off (i.e. When will the Shrew find out that Crocodile Dundee was paid off to take her out?).Yet I let the laughs and most of the performances carry me through until the big climactic scene. 20 minutes of drag. About 50 minutes of good scattered laughs, the time bomb goes off, and then comes the scene in the classroom. And without ruining what happens for those who want to check this film out - let me just say that my main problem with the way this scene played out is in the way the performance is handled by the actress playing the Shrew. It comes off as so disingenuous and hokey that it plays like a cheap way to get emotions out of the audience. It could have worked and I might have given this film 3 stars - but it doesnít - and when you add that to the first 20 minutes - you get nothing but a standard 2 Ĺ star film.