“I burn, I pine, I perish,” says Cameron, the new guy at Padua High School. If the movie reaches to those it’s targeted to i.e. the teens, they’d definitely recognize some dialogues from the last play they caught at their college auditorium. “I burn, I pine, I perish,” is a direct quote from ‘Taming of The Shrew’, one of the earliest plays ever written by William Shakespeare and the school’s name is taken from the city of Padua, where the play is actually set. Yes, the movie is inspired by Shakespeare’s play “Taming of The Shrew”, but in a high school environment.
The movie begins with Cameron James, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, getting admission in the school of his choice. And what catches his fancy before all is Bianca Stratford, played by Larisa Oleynik, the proverbial American ‘girl next door’. Bianca carries the ‘look at me’ attitude and loves to be the cynosure of not only her grade but her entire school. Cameron falls for Bianca and likewise, she falls for him. But the only problem that comes forth is Bianca’s ultra-conservative paranoid father played wonderfully by Larry Miller of the ‘Runaway Bride’ fame. He imposes that for Bianca to date, her elder ‘mutant’ sister, Kat should also be dating. But, Kat feels that she must not live for others, until she satisfies herself! So, Cameron along with the help of his best friend Michael figures out a plan to get Kat to date. They appoint Pat (or Patrick), played by the furious Oz Heath Leger, to carry out their plan. They confide in Pat just because of his mysterious past, his not-so-true rumors of ‘eating living ducks’, ‘selling his liver for a pair of speakers’ and many more, thinking it might interest Kat. They shed a several hundred dollars paying for all their happenings as well as the mis-happenings. What then follows is an astounding blend of humor, tears, love and family relations, which truly win over one’s heart.
The soundtracks of the film are worth a special mention. The colour scheme throughout is bright, yet soft and pleasing to the eyes. The movie actually falls in the ‘Teen’ genre but would appeal to all. The kids should watch out for all the fun that they shouldn’t miss in their high school, while the adults get ample reminiscing of their “good ol’ days” at school.