In order for a smitten high school boy to take out the girl
of his dreams, he must find someone brave enough to date her older, temperamental sister.
Based on Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." With Heath Ledger, Julia
Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz, Andrew Keegan, Larry
Miller, David Leisure, Susan May Pratt and Gabrielle Union. [1:30]
SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including references to masturbation
and homosexuality). Kissing, sometimes passionately. A boy draws breasts onto a tray and
draws a penis onto a boy's face. A girl dances suggestively on top of a table. A girl
flashes her breasts at a man (we only see part of her bare back) and many girls wear
cleavage- and midriff-revealing tops.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A boy riding a moped is nearly hit by a car; when he
swerves to avoid the car, he drives down a hill and eventually falls off his moped (he's
shaken but unharmed). Also a girl intentionally backs her car into a boy's car and dents
its door. A girl accidentally shoots a man with an arrow (the scene is more comical than
violent). There are a number of shoving punches and scuffles: A boy pushes a boy down and
punches another, a girl punches a boy in the face twice and knees him in the groin (we see
him writhing in pain on the floor), a girl bumps a boy in the head with her bag, and two
boys fall through glass doors. A girl knocks down another while playing soccer, a boy is
knocked out when he's hit in the head with a golf ball and a girl hits her head on a
chandelier and falls off a table (she's caught before she hits the ground). We see someone
fall past a window. We briefly see students dissecting frogs, and we hear a girl throw up.
PROFANITY 4 - Lots of anatomical references (a couple are clinical terms and
one is seen in a subtitle), many scatological references, many mild obscenities, many
insults and lots of name-calling. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Protective parents, dating, falling in love, being different,
teen smoking, drinking and marijuana use, sexuality, deception.
MESSAGE - Don't let past pain keep you from experiencing new and exciting