Recommended by Abbi of abbiosbiston.com
(Recommendation #2 of 30)
Number of Times Seen – 2 (Video in 2000 and 18 May 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew set in a modern day high school.
My Take on it – I have always enjoyed comedic modernized adaptations of much loved literature.
This movie takes Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and transplants it to a modern day high school and it is done extremely cleverly.
The cast is a who’s who of future stars; Health Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are all top notch here.
I liked the way thry presented this as a rom-com and it works on most levels.
The one thing that I felt was slightly lacking was the development of the main characters. We don’t get to know them well enough to care beyond superficially.
Bottom Line – Very clever modernized adaptation of the Shakespearian classic. Great cast of future all star actors. Interesting way to present a rom-com. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Several names reflect the Shakespearean origin of “The Taming Of The Shrew”. Bianca’s and Kat’s last name is Stratford (William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon). Patrick’s last name is Verona (birthplace of Petruchio, the corresponding character from the play). The high school is called Padua, which is the city in which the play is set. And the two girl’s names are Kat and Bianca (the names of the girls are Bianca and Katherina [Kate] in the play.) (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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