OK, we’re calling it, ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ is one of the best teen movies of all time!
Not only does it have an incredible cast, including the likes of Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gabrielle Union. But the characters they portray are also so relatable to their audience. Even though the out-lining story was written centuries ago by William Shakespeare.
The majority of the cast have gone on to achieve great things and land some amazing roles. Julia Styles went on to star in a few other teen and college movies and later the ‘Bourne Films ‘amongst other hit movies. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has also ended up a regular on the big screen. And who can forget Heath Ledger’s unforgettable performances in both Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight before his untimely death in 2008.
But what about the ’10 Things I Hate About You’ Characters, where are they now? Are Kat and Patrick still together? Did Bianca and Cameron go on more sailing dates and did Joey Donner ever get that noes spray ad?
Well, join us as we take a fan fiction dive into those questions and more as we predict what the class of 99 and 2001 are up to 22 years later.
Now 40, Kat has just finished another tour with her all-girl rock band – Dragonfly. Dragonfly, which was formed at Sarah Lawrence College, in the first year. Their fans started to build insatiately and had their first US number one two years later, just as the band members were finishing off their final semester. Over the mid 00’s the band went from strength to strength and gained a strong following of fans who still congregate at their gigs today. When she is not touring, Kat also runs a music studio that is attached to her home in Newark where she moved to not long after she graduated. She lives in her home/studio with her two children Aiden and Mika whom Kat and her husband adopted 6 years ago.
Kat’s husband… Charlie Jones is a fellow musician and is also a musician. Famous for being in a British Indie band in the early ’00s. Unfortunately, his group didn’t get the same number of followers as Kat’s band did and so split 5 years ago. So he now doubles up as Kat’s manager when needed… not that Kat needs much managing!
As you have guessed Patrick and Kat never lasted past college. The long-distance relationship and Kat’s busy college and band schedule meant their relationship got strained and, in the end, they decided to just be just friends. As a final love letter to Patrick, Kat made her senior year English poem – 10 Things I hate About You, into a song. Which they released and got the band their fourth No1 single.
After graduating from Padua High School, Patrick went straight into the workforce as an apprentice sound engineer for the band ‘Letters to Cleo’. He hoped that this would keep a strong bond between him and Kat as ‘Letters to Cleo’ were her favourite band. In the end time, restrictions broke down the relationship. After the breakup, Patrick moved to LA and worked within the sound departments on film and TV shows. He managed to make enough money in that business to move back to Seattle. Then open up his own music venue called Mystique, with the hope that one day Dragonfly would perform there.
Fortunately, a few years later Kat’s band were booked to play at his venue. They caught up at the end of the night, only for Patrick to find out that Kat was engaged to a British musician. After this Patrick realised it was time to move on.
He has since worked hard building his music venues and now there are ten Mystique music venues in ten different states across America with plans for more openings to come. Earlier this year on his 40’s birthday, he found out that his current girlfriend, which he met on Hinge a few years previously, was pregnant with their first child.
Cameron and Bianca James
After dating for two years in high school both Cameron and Bianca went to Seattle Pacific University together. At their graduation party Cameron proposed to Bianca and they married a year later.
They now live in a house in West Seattle. Close to the coast where they have their own boat called The Mr Lowenstein, which they named as a reminder of their first kiss. Yes, they still go sailing and even take trips around the coast of America with their family and friends.
Now a mother of three, Bianca is a part-time life coach and podcaster. She has two current podcasts, one as an extension of her coaching business and another which she records with her husband Cameron on parenthood and marriage. Cameron and Bianca’s Podcast is in the ‘top ten’ steamed podcast on Spotify.
Other than appearing on his wife’s podcast, Cameron, is also a lawyer and partner in his own law firm which her runs with his Highschool friend Michael Eckman. Cameron and Michael often help Patrick out with any licensing and law issues with his music venues and all three have stayed close friends. Cameron, Michael, Patrick and their family’s often meet up for BBQ’s and family holidays.
Patrick plans to ask Cameron to be his best man, once he proposes to his girlfriend, on the next family trip.
After High School, Michael headed off to Harvard Law. Not long after graduation, he then became a junior at a law firm in Seattle where he also got his friend Cameron a job too. Serval years later Michael and Cameron move out of the firm and open their own practice.
In his spare time, he is also a collector of cars and has a purpose-built garage with 10 different vehicles. But none of them compares to his first-ever car which he bought with his first-ever pay packet – a 1999 Toyota Tercel.
Michael now 38 and on his second marriage has two children with his first wife and one on the way with his new wife, who is 10 years his junior they married last year in a swift lockdown wedding.
Straight out of Padua High, Mandella also went to study in New York. But attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts instead and studied drama, theatre and of course, her love, William Shakespeare.
Her passion for the arts and Shakespeare shone through all her performances. Not long after completing her course she was headhunted and enrolled into the American Royal Shakespeare Company as one of their lead actresses.
At her first play Kat was in the front row cheering her on. Equally Mandella is one of Dragon fly’s biggest fans and can still be seen on the side of the stage at some of their gig’s… when she has time.
Mandella is still acting and has even has a lead role in an upcoming Netflix own drama.
After the Prom, Chastity and Bianca stopped talking and hanging out. Chastity found her own way and realised quite quickly not to fall for men like Joey after he left her for a fellow model.
Chastity went to fashion school in LA after high school and worked her way up within several fashion brands. Still on her climb to the top within a high fashion brand, she has also started her own line of swim and sportswear which she models for herself on her blue ticked Instagram feed, a couple of years ago Joey Donner slid into her DM’s… she ignored him.
Last year she started to listen to Bianca’s podcasts and reached out to her on Facebook to see how she was. They are meeting for coffee the next time Chastity is back in town.
Currently in prison for fraud, Joey is the typical teen star gone rouge storyline. After graduating high school, and once the swelling on his nose went down, Joey chased his modelling career to LA where he booked a few different campaigns and a role in a teen drama.
Once the teen drama had wrapped up six years later, Joey found himself in a spiral and lost all his money. In 2015 he met a group of people that convinced him to join their get rich quick scheme as they told him they could make him rich and famous again. They did make him rich for a while until the police found out… and they did make him famous for being the face of an underground money-laundering network.
Joey will be out in 4-8 years.
In 2003 Ms Perky finally finished her romantic novel, entitled The Crimson Cape. The novel got snapped up by a publishing company that wanted her to write more, offering her a large grant. Ms Perky left Padua High School immediately and started work on Crimson Cape 2.
Now 18 years later Ms Perky has 8 best selling romantic novels under her belt and lives very happily in a house in the middle of nowhere with her six cats…meow.
There we have it a snapshot of where we think the ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ gang are now. What do you think, are we on the money or do you have a different idea of what they might be up to? Or is there another classic film you would like us to explore? If so, comment below.
Check out eight movies where the bad guy wins HERE.
Read iMDB information on 10 Things I Hate About You HERE.
No Time To Die – Review
No Time To Die is the 25th instalment in the official James Bond series. It’s the VERY long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Spectre. The 6-year gap between the two films is only matched by the same gap between Timothy Dalton’s last outing in 1989’s Licence To Kill and Pierce Brosnan’s debut in 1995’s Goldeneye. Here’s our review of No Time To Die.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the film, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
Of course, there are mitigating factors in that enormous gap. Namely COVID. Which made No Time To Die the first major film to delay its release due to the pandemic. Although, this film has had a difficult gestation irrespective of the global situation in the last 18 months. As soon as Spectre was released the speculation over Daniel Craig’s future in the role began. With him initially suggesting he would rather slash his own wrists than play the iconic spy again. He did a mea culpa on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show in August 2017, where he confirmed he would appear as Bond for a fifth and final time. The original director and writer, Danny Boyle and John Hodge, left the project a year later over creative differences. Cory Joji Fukunaga took over as director. While Bond script veterans Robert Wade and Neil Purvis took charge of the screenplay – with a sprinkling of magic from Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Originally slated for release in April 2020, at long last, we finally get to see Daniel Craig’s denouement as 007. His portrayal of Bond has been very much in keeping with the character of Ian Fleming’s original novels. His performances have certainly followed the dramatic lineage of Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton. Rather than the lighter portrayals by Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. Yet his Bond has displayed a vulnerability only really demonstrated with any plausibility by George Lazenby in his solitary outing as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The deference to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is presented in stark relief throughout this 2h43min epic. Making this the longest Bond film in the series. As this was the first film I’ve seen at the cinema since before the pandemic, I was already excited before I even sat down. As a massive James Bond fan as well, I was close to apoplexy! I felt a tangible shiver go down my spine as the iconic gun barrel sequence appeared before we see James cruising around Italy in the classic DB5 with Madeleine Swann at his side. This anticipation was clearly felt by other cinema-goers. They have made No Time To Die break the UK box office record for the biggest opening weekend. It took almost £26m, breaking the record previously held by Skyfall.
I’m not going to spoil the plot for those who’ve not seen it. I had made a conscious decision to avoid spoilers before I went.
A step up?
This film is another shot in the arm for those who see Craig as the definitive Bond. This was aided by a refocusing of the Bond canon after the main tropes of the series were stretched to breaking point by the invisible cars and melting ice palaces of Die Another Day. And then stretched still further by Madonna’s cameo as a fencing instructor. Daniel Craig was given leeway to truly regenerate James Bond for the 21st Century. The stripped-back nature of Casino Royale, without most of the supporting characters that have been a staple of the series like Q and Moneypenny. Gave him licence (pardon the pun) to explore the deepest and darkest recesses of the Bond psyche. Some well-drawn female leads and villains really allowed Craig’s Bond to spar with them with depth and genuine emotion.
That exploration continues and grows in No Time To Die. We get to see an ageing, truly world-weary Bond, whose past he appears unable to escape. This leaves him in a state of almost constant angst. Paradoxically though, we also see him truly relaxed at times. In a way I can’t recall ever seeing James Bond in any of his previous cinematic outings.
The issue with that exploration is that a number of characters then have their screen time cut. Moneypenny is reduced to little more than a cameo. And Remi Malek’s Safin is almost secondary as he features in the opening moments as his story is told, but then disappears for what seemed like an eternity. He of course reappears but he almost seems a mild irritation within the plot and merely a conduit to allow us to see the climax of Daniel Craig’s Bond era. It’s a disappointing underuse of a terrific actor. One with a captivating screen presence, who could have been one of the most menacing Bond villains of all time. That said, the influence of his dastardly but highly sophisticated plan is felt by all of the main protagonists. Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld continues to wreak his havoc with malevolent glee from his cell. He again revels in the chaos of his twisted sibling rivalry with Bond.
Lea Seydoux is wonderful again as Dr Madeleine Swann, picking up where she left off in Spectre and giving Bond as good as he gets in every way imaginable.
There are new characters who definitely cut through. Ana De Armas is utterly charming in her relatively brief time on-screen as Paloma, while Lashana Lynch takes no nonsense from Bond as Nomi. She also gives us a potential indicator as to the future direction of the franchise. Which has been the subject of much discussion in all quarters. That debate has even made its way into the political sphere with even Boris Johnson weighing in on what gender the next actor to play 007 should be.
Hans Zimmer’s score is classic Hans Zimmer, adding power and bombast to the usual mix of stunning scenery and brilliantly choreographed stunts. He brilliantly weaves nods to previous entries in the Bond musical tapestry throughout his score. While his cues are always thunderous, they never overpower the action on screen, but do add a sonic rumble that I don’t think has been heard in a Bond score for quite some time. I found Fukunaga’s direction a bit mixed, with some of the cinematography unnecessarily showy. Some of the tracking shots almost gave me motion sickness while some (admittedly beautifully composed) shots of the scenery seemed to have made the edit purely so as whoever the drone operator was could demonstrate their skills.
The film is much too long, although at no point did I check my watch. It’s not that any of the plot points are superfluous, more that the pacing is a little slow in places. Some of the dialogue feels cliched and clunky, making what is a great story feel a tad generic. Which doesn’t do anyone justice. However, there were some excellent jokes, and I laughed out loud several times. You don’t have to be a 007 super fan to get some of the self-referential humour that they seem to enjoy sprinkling throughout the film.
Billie Eilish’s theme song is a worthy addition to the collection and certainly sits comfortably within the top half of the ‘Bond Theme Chart’. It’s definitely more memorable and evocative than Sam Smith’s ‘Writing On The Wall’ for Spectre. Her voice trembles at times as you can almost feel she recognises the significance of singing the theme for Daniel Craig’s final appearance in the franchise.
It was also very pleasing to see that this film has moved with the times and reflects the world of 2021 with its portrayal of women. Every single female character had a genuine purpose and important role within the plot. While of course, the female actors playing those roles are all irrefutably glamorous and attractive. There was genuine respect and no objectification of women.
I came out of the screening with mixed emotions. Glad to be back in the cinema on one hand, sad that Daniel Craig’s stint ordering Martini’s was over on the other. I was pleased that such a good climax had been created to bring this era of Bond to a close, and all its story arcs had been brought to conclusions. I’m also excited and apprehensive in equal measure for the future of such an iconic film series. But I was disappointed with some of the characters not getting the necessary screen-time to truly develop their characters. Surprisingly, I was almost tearful at the final few moments, especially as the credits rolled.
Overall, this is a loving homage to the James Bond series, past and present. It’s a solid if unspectacular film in its own right, but the performances of Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, as well as the Bond history it wraps itself in, elevate it beyond that.
It’s not Craig’s best Bond film, as Skyfall is almost untouchable in my opinion, but it does bring closure to his tenure in the tuxedo in a manner that should please Bond fans across the board. It also tantalises us as to what the 6th age of Bond will look like. Let the intense speculation begin!
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10
Thank you for reading our review of James Bond No Time To Die. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
Check out who we think could be the next James Bond and why HERE.
Read IMDB information about No Time To Die HERE.
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