The third girl (I hope you also feel she’s the main protagonist here) to have a go for Girl Week is Kat Stratford. The shrew of Padua High School.
Briefly, the story is that newbie in school Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) wants to date popular Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) BUT, she is only allowed to date if her unpopular sister Kat (Julia Stiles) dates. And that’s the tricky part. Kat does NOT date, she does NOT go to prom, she does NOT conform. So starts the task of hiring Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) the school’s very bad boy (you should hear all the things he’s been thought to have done) to take Kat to the prom. With such a tough sister, only the toughest guy is brave enough. As with most of these movies, I’m sure you know what the ending is – but, I like this version. And, I like Kat – she has so much oomph.
She’s independent, doesn’t conform to peer pressure and definitely doesn’t do something just because it is expected of her. But, she she does actually have a nice, soft side and deep down is still like most teens her age, she just doesn’t show it outwardly. And for good reason. Believe it or not, she too was once like all the stereotypical teenagers at Padua High wanting the hot guy. Only, things didn’t go quite as planned, hence she’s learnt her lesson.
I enjoy watching Julia Stiles in the right role and for me, she works as Kat. So, while this is a “teen” movie, it is one of those that I don’t mind watching again and again when the mood strikes. Even the spin-off series works well. Although, you just need to adjust your mind from Julia Stiles to Lindsey Shaw and from Heath Ledger to Ethan Peck. But they work just as well.