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10 years ago, I was a high school freshman hanging out with a friend after school when we went to Town to watch this movie:

I LOVED this movie. Loved it then, love it now. From the upbeat start (the camera panning out to show the gorgeous high school campus) to the hilarious bloopers at the end. From Bianca's (Larisa Oleynik) puffy pink prom dress to Kat's (Julia Stiles) sandals (which became my footwear of choice from freshman year to junior year). From the FANTASTIC soundtrack to Patrick's (Heath Ledger) impromptu rendition of Can't Take My Eyes Off You. From the shy Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to the mysterious Patrick. From the geeky best friends to airhead models/cheerleaders. From the love teams to the friends. And Cameron, Cameron, CAMERON--I could play "And I'm back in the game!" scene again and again and I'd still feel that thrill.

For me this is a classic '90s teen flick. It has everything--the social stratification in high school, the "big" party, the parental concern, prom as the be-all, end-all of high school. Who doesn't remember: "There's a difference between like and love. Because I like my Skechers, but I love my Prada backpack." Who doesn't remember the overbearing dad? Who doesn't remember Patrick's performance in the football field? Who doesn't remember the heartbreaking, gut-wrenching reading of Kat's poem? Who doesn't feel the kilig when the guitar is in Kat's car?

Today I found out that they're remaking this into an ABC series:

WHAT???? OH GOD, NO. A THOUSAND TIMES NO. NO NO NO. Even their outfits: NO. When I saw this poster, I swear to God, I feel like the Mona Lisa had been ripped to shreds, with its strips used for a paper mache paperweight, and was put in the painting's place. There are so many things wrong with this.

First of all, the sisters:

The new Kat, played by Lindsay Shaw, looks so obviously anti-establishment. I mean, come on. Could they have dressed her up to look even more rebellious?

at home with kat

Julia Stiles' Kat was simply different. Not metal rocker, underground punk, or even ultra feminist, but just different from the trendy '90s looks. No mini dresses, no little leather back packs, no cute prints, and no chunky loafers. (Look! She even wore army print, and everyone knows army print was cool in the late '90s to early 2000s.)


The new Bianca, played by Meaghan Martine, seems terribly annoying. And from the trailer, seems too keen on trying to fit in.

why's bianca so stressed?

Larisa Oleynik as Bianca, on the other hand, is cool. Shallow at times, yes, but good hearted and simply eager to have fun and enjoy being a teenager.

And really. This guy (Ethan Peck)--

oooo, patrick

--over this guy (Heath Ledger, we still love you)??


Plus, I can't take the ironic t-shirts. And really. Black? Ooh. I bet they're the black sheep of the school. Tsch. Anyway, I'm missing out on any chemistry from them. No heat whatsoever.

sneak peek at 'won't get fooled again'

You really want a bad boy and a rebel girl? You want intensity? There ya go.

And Of course, Cameron. I love him until now. Here's Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his friend Michael, played by Numb3rs' David Krumholtz.

SO WHO THE HECK IS THIS GUY??? (Nicholas Braun, but whatever. He's got nutn on JGL.)

what's michael's latest scheme?

I'm so bothered--offended even!--that they could this. Why 10 Things??

So few teen comedy movies from the '90s still hold their magic. After growing older, we've all realized that movies like She's All That, Can't Hardly Wait, and Drive Me Crazy, are absolutely ridiculous and we can't stand watching them again. But the magic of 10 Things I Hate About You remains. Like Clueless (which presents Beverly Hills teenage life at its most hilarious and most iconic), American Pie, Empire Records and Reality Bites (okay, the last two aren't really comedies), these flicks capture the spirit, the ideologies, the language and even the tunes of the '90s--which is ours. What's more, so many of our own memories and experiences of growing up are intertwined wth these films. See, I still remember watching 10 Things in Town, hunting own sandals like Kat's, buying the cassette tape of the soundtrack, and loving Joseph Gordon-Levitt. These movies hold meaning for us, and for them to be re-made just shakes off all meaning for us.

I mean, God, they even re-made I Want You To Want Me by Letters to Cleo. (From ska rock, it is now very emo punk. I mourn. I mourn.) That song was so iconic of the movie and now...now...? Now, everythng--the song, the title, the characters--will never be the same. Everything will never mean the same thing. Excuse me if I'm overreacting, but I really love this movie, and I cringe at the thought of them even re-doing Heath Ledger's legendary football field performance.

Is this only the beginning? Is it only a matter of time before other teen classics like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Say Anything and Ferris Bueller's Day Off are on TV as well?



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 25th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
omilord. i don't have any words. i can simply say, this is so KAKA.
Jul. 26th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, like SUPER kaka!!!
Jul. 26th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
i actually caught a glimpse of this on TV here, thinking that it was the movie. it looked, well, not fun. i'm not a fan or anything, but it reminds me of the new 90210 series, which i do not watch.
Jul. 26th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
As suspected--not fun. Boo to whoever thought of remaking 10 Things!!! I don't watch the new 90210 either. I caught it a couple of times on Velvet, but there's really nothing to keep you watching.
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
If this series is really as bad as it looks and fails miserably, hopefully the studios will learn their lesson and never dare touch source material like this again. -_-
Jun. 9th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
I totaly agree on absolutely everything you said. I HATE the series of 10 things, I attempted to watch the first episode but had to stop 2/3's of the way in ( I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt) and then felt so appauld that I imediately put my copy of the movie and watched it in order to get those awful images out of my head. After that I went back online and left a very negative response on youtube. I'm glad someone else out there has decent taste.
Apr. 4th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Yes! Yes, thank you! I knew I was not the only one who'd wanted to die when watching the remake!
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