Production: Touchstone Pictures
Director: Gil Junger
Writers: Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith
Running time: 94 minutes
Release date: March 31, 1999

Julia Stiles Kat Stratford
Heath Ledger Patrick Verona
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cameron James
Larissa Oleynik Bianca Stratford
Larry Miller Walter Stratford
Andrew Keegan Joey Donner
David Krumholtz Michael Eckman
Susan May Pratt Mandella
Daryl "Chill" Mitchell Mr. Malcom
Allison Janney Ms. Perky
David Leisure Mr. Chapin
Gabrielle Union Chastity


How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.
Romeo, oh Romeo, get out of my face.

Meet the Stratford sisters: pretty and popular Bianca (Larissa Oleynik), who has never had a date; and Kat (Julia Stiles), her older sibling, an ill-tempered harridan whose acerbic wit is matched only by her steadfast determination to alienate any guy who might be remotely interested in her.

Unfortunately, strict rules in the Stratford household forbid Bianca from having a boyfriend until her odious sister has one of her own -- a situation that seems highly improbable considering Kat is a social disaster.

Bianca's desperation for romance turns into a convoluted scheme to match Kat with her male equivalent -- a guy whose reputation is so infamous, Kat might rise to the challenge and find him worthy of her concealed charms. Mating mayhem ensues when Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) -- a sullen young man with a mysterious past -- is bribed by Bianca's wannabe boyfriend (Andrew Keegan) to woo and win Kat, in order to clear the way for Bianca to begin dating.

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Awards for Julia Stiles
MTV Movie Awards 2000 Best Breakthrough Female Performance (Won)
CFCA* Awards 2000 Most Promising Actress (Won)
Young Star Awards 1999 Best Performance by a Young Actress
in a Comedy Film

(* CFCA: Chicago Film Critics Association)