Sep 21 2017 8:30am

4 Moments That Prove 10 Things I Hate About You Is The Best

10 Things I Hate About You

The best adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is the 1999 romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. This is a fact. (Shh, let me have this.) There’s a lot to love in the movie, from Allison Janney’s romance-writing guidance counselor, Ms. Perky, to the sonnet-rapping English teacher, Mr. Morgan. Joey is a terrible/excellent antagonist who gets exactly what’s coming to him when Bianca publicly kicks his butt at prom. Kat and her dad have a heartwarming moment that speaks to the beauty of a parent-child relationship and the ways that changes as kids grow into adulthood.

It’s a GREAT MOVIE. The best part, though? Kat and Patrick’s relationship. Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles have some serious chemistry, and their relationship is what got me hooked on the enemies-to-lovers trope. Without further ado, I offer my top 4 Kat & Patrick scenes in this, my favorite of all rom-coms.

4. The Almost Kiss

For their first sort-of-date, Kat and Patrick go to a party. Kat really doesn’t want to be there and gets rather sloshed. During a memorable table dance, she hits her head on a chandelier and Patrick catches her. He brings her to a swing set in the backyard and tries to keep her awake for fear that she has a concussion. There’s a touching moment… then she vomits. Later, he’s driving her home and she opens up about her dream of starting a band. It’s the first time she’s let her guard down with him, even going so far as to say “you’re not as vile as I thought you were.” (Best line.)

Why This Scene Makes the List: At the end of this scene, Kat leans in to kiss Patrick and he turns her down, saying “maybe another time.” She’s offended and stalks off, which is probably making you wonder why I put this on my list. Here’s why: by not kissing her while she’s drunk, he is respecting her. Yes, he’s dating her for money. Yes, that’s awful. But he’s not taking advantage of her and, because that’s unfortunately rare, the movie gets points for putting this scene in.

3. The Grand Gesture

In another memorable scene, Patrick sings, dances, and evades campus security to “sacrifice his dignity on the alter of love.” Running around on the bleachers singing “You’re Just Too Good to be True” is the sort of cheesy, embarrassing gesture that many high school rom-coms are built on, and it really works here.



2. The Paint Scene

Kat breaks Patrick out of the detention he earned for the aforementioned singing, and they go out for the afternoon. They paddle around the bay and end up at an outdoor paint battle place. It’s not quite paintball, since they’re essentially throwing water balloons full of paint at each other. We’re pretty far into the movie at this point, and viewers finally get the big payoff – their first kiss!

Why This Scene Makes the List: The song “Fascinating New Thing” is perfect. I wish I could play that song for you while you read this. It’s fun and sweet and… *happy sigh.* The rest of the scene is a perfect little snapshot of why Kat and Patrick work together. They’re letting loose, finally embracing the playful sides that they hide behind the “mysterious and caustic” personas they’ve built for themselves at school. Patrick brushes a paint-soaked piece of hair from her face and they kiss. Then she smooshes a big blob of paint on his head and the chase starts again.


1. The Second Grand Gesture

Of course, the other shoe drops shortly after this scene. Kat bows to sibling pressure and goes to prom against her wishes. Everything is fine… until the big reveal. Patrick has a lot of groveling to do, and he does. But Kat wins here. The scene in which she reads the poem she wrote for him takes the prize. It’s so good that they named the movie after it.

Why This Scene Makes the List: Patrick’s grovel is a good one, don’t get me wrong, but that poem? The crying? Oh, my heart. Julia Stiles does an excellent job of portraying the heartache that comes with still loving someone when they’ve done you wrong. Heath Ledger sits there, taking it in, and you can see his heart breaking a little more just watching her. My hand always flies to my heart when I watch this scene. The apology guitar, subsequent parking lot kiss, and zoom-out to live band in the next scene are the perfect chaser.

There’s a reason (or four) that 10 Things I Hate About You is my go-to bad day movie. I was 13 when it came out, which probably has a lot to do with my everlasting love of Heath Ledger and this film. Most importantly, though, is the fact that it’s a really excellent enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy.


Now I’m curious: do you agree with my top 4 Kat & Patrick scenes? Let’s discuss.

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When not reading All of the Things, Suzanne is raising two small valkyries and trying to open a bookstore. Book, comic, and assorted other tweets at @cerestheories.

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I can't believe prom is ignored entirely?! ;) I love that Pat cashes in a favor to have Kat's favorite band play that night.

I also would have chosen Pat singing as my #1, but I like the poem too.

But otherwise I quite like your list and fully agree 10 Things is THE BEST.
Jen Wattley
2. JenWattley
I love this movie so deeply, but I think I'd switch my moments around and make Pat's singing moment #1. Though I agree with Heather about the prom moment and her favorite band being so sweet. Sigh.
3. DaniV
LOVE this movie! You picked some great moments. :)
Jennifer Proffitt
4. JenniferProffitt
Oh god I love this movie so much!! I mean look at this smile (i may be crying a little bit)

A few of my favorite non-Kat/Patrick moments:

And their dad was just a treat:

Heather Waters
5. HeatherWaters
@JennProffitt -- Other than CJ, Ms. Perky is my favorite Allison Janney role!

@DaniV -- Thanks for joining in the love fest!
6. TessErin
I love this movie!! The fact that they remade it just made me mad. There was nothing wrong with the Heath Ledger version. Why remake it? I loved him in that role! Kat & Bianca's father was hilarious lol
7. Lynda aka FishWithSticks
I love this movie SO SOOOOO MUCH. I love everything about it.

Heath Ledger is brilliant and sweet and funny and just awesome, and every time I watch it now my heart breaks a little more that he's gone.

Julia Stiles was perfectly cast, and her reading the poem KILLS ME.

The rest of the cast is amazing, and Allison Janney cracks me up.

The soundtrack is even great! And I so rarely pay attention to soundtracks.

Pardon me. Need to go watch it for the 10,483rd time.
Heather Waters
8. HeatherWaters
@TessErin -- Oh, you mean the TV show? I never wtached it! And agreed about Kat and Bianca's dad...his comments about Dawson's Creek I remember finding particularly funny at the time.

@Lynda aka FishWithSticks -- Allison Janney!!!! She's so so funny in it. Hope you enjoyed your rewatch. :)
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