Director: Gil Junger
Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Plot: Adapted from William Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew," a pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.
The scene in which Kat reads the "10 Things" poem was the first and only take, according to the DVD extras. Kat's tears towards the end of the poem were not planned.
Heath Ledger beat out Josh Hartnett and Ashton Kutcher for the role of Patrick.
This was Heath Ledger's first American movie.
The original script was much darker than the one in the final film. In the original, Mandella (Kat's best friend) referred openly and frequently to several suicide attempts, which were so that she could join William Shakespeare.
According to the 10th Anniversary commentary by the cast, Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles began dating during the filming. They broke up in January 2000.
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.)
School used in film is Stadium High School, Tacoma, Washington. The school was first built as a grand, chateau-style railroad station hotel but after it suffered fire damage, was renovated into a high school.
The marching band in the sequence where Heath Ledger sings to Julia Stiles was not from Stadium High School, where the film was shot. Stadium was approached by the makers of the movie to do the scene, but did not have a marching band. The makers of the movie then contacted Lincoln High School, a nearby Tacoma school, who furnished the marching band depicted in the scene. Several members of the Stadium Band assisted, but had to be taught how to march.
Julia Stiles and Andrew Keegan worked together again in another William Shakespeare adaptation: O (2001), which is a modern version of Othello.
During a Q&A with the screenwriters, Karen McCullah revealed where the title came from. "The title is based on a diary entry I made in high school," she explained. "I had a boyfriend named Anthony that I was frequently unhappy with. I made a list called Things I Hate About Anthony. When Kirsten [Smith] and I decided to write this, I went through all of my high school diaries to bone up on the angsty memories, and when I told her about that list, she was like, 'That's our title.'"
The title "10 Things I Hate About You" sounds remotely like "Taming Of The Shrew" (on which this film is based).