Honestly, I had to use the Internet for this one because while there are of course the obvious adaptations, I didn’t want to pick between them and instead, picked between the not so obvious ones that might appeal to the younger generation (as it did when I was a teenager). So with a little help from my all knowing friend, I tracked down three picks that are not so much Shakespeare but a little outside the box. PS: Yes, I have seen Romeo + Juliet, but I didn’t really care for it… even though Leo looked amazing in it – sorry!
This is not a great teen movie from the past but it’s a nice example how Shakespeare translates into the genre of teen comedy. Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Get Over It makes everything a little cheesy and too over the top. But the reason I watched this movie in the first place was Shane West.. I used to have such a huge crush on West, and I think I watched every possible movie he was in and I could get my hands on it. Sadly, he played the bad guy in Get Over It.
Honestly, I love this movie! Sure, it’s silly and it’s stupid, but it’s also fun and me and my best friend still quote the cheese scene every now and then. Inspired by the play Twelfth Night, Viola decides to pretend to be her twin brother in order to play football (soccer) in a boys team. She as Sebastian becomes roommates with Duke, played extremely well by Channing Tatum, and then the fun begins. It’s hilarious and it’s a great popcorn movie, plus, Tatum showcases his comedic timing that became more known to everyone 6 years later with 21 Jump Street.
All right, I had an alternative motive for listing all teen comedies this week because I wanted to emphasis the importance of Shakespeare in a very different kind of genre. And well, I wanted to high light the brilliance of 10 Things I Hate About You – because it is brilliant and it will forever remain my favourite. Based on The Taming of the Shrew, this teen movie won everyone’s heart and I was definitely one of those people who adored this movie then and even more now. And even though ever since the tragic loss of Heath Ledger I haven’t been able to watch 10 Things I Hate About You (it pains me to admit it), but I know there’ll be a day I will again enjoy this 90’s teen comedy which should never be forgotten.
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