|Source of story
||Apparently this is a teen version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”.
||Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith
||I am a bit of a pushover for American marching bands, and a real one appears in this movie. I can’t help adding a link to the best marching band performance ever: Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
||Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, Allison Janney
||New boy at Padua High fancies the younger of two sisters, but her father has said she can only go on a date if her elder sister does. The elder sister is famously bad tempered and so a plot is put in place to make her fall for the college bad boy, who is paid to woo her. When the mismatched duo begin to fall for each other everybody’s plans are put in doubt.
||Teenagers do the stuff that they do (in American teen romances). The girls argue, the boys plot and a variety of set pieces take place including one of someone singing to a marching band in front of the girl’s football (soccer) team. There are scenes in class and in detention, then inevitably the prom, with quite a bit of singing. There is smoking and drinking with a bit of drunkenness, but no nudity or sex.
||This film had a moderate budget and made money, even though it was up against The Matrix when it was released. I found it just about watchable, but I’m not a teenager. It might have been the high point in the female lead’s careers (at 19). So, in the very unlikely event that you, a teenager, have found my site you might like it. For everybody else, maybe give it a miss.