The 1990s-2000s was a booming time for Shakespeare film adaptations aimed at teenagers. The success of 1996’s Romeo + Juliet spawned Get Over It, She’s the Man, Hamlet, O, and one of my favorite romantic-comedies, 10 Things I Hate About You. Putting Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger firmly in the spotlight, and promoting Joseph Gordon-Levitt from kooky kid actor to heartthrob, 10 Things was an instant classic for teenage girls in the ‘90s. It’s no wonder, then, that the highly successful Unauthorized Musical Parody (of) Series chose the film as its current show’s source material.
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