10 Things I Hate About You

The wonderfully sour Larry Miller reprises his role as the dad in 10 Things I Hate About You, an ABC Family sitcom adaptation of the 1999 movie. He is forced to utter a cringeworthy line in the premiere: Boys want to put a baby in you.

That's directed at his teen daughters, Kat (Aliens in America's Lindsey Shaw) and Bianca (Camp Rock's Meaghan Martin), but things actually improve a bit after that. While Bianca is the status-conscious, superficial center of the show, Martin makes her kinda sweet, and Shaw is downright excellent as the status-hating, politically aware Kat. We're the last superpower and we don't have universal health care, fumes Kat. When was the last time you saw a teenager in a sitcom get worked up over universal health care? How can you not root for a character like that, even if you don't agree with her politics?

For the priceless Kat, we can put up with jokes about a certain boy wizard the show refers to as Harry Pooper. And to balance off the dad's baby line at the start of the show, it ends with a close-to-funny one, with Bianca telling Kat to change the radio station because NPR is giving me menopause. B-

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Jul 8, 2009 12:11PM EDT

I really liked the pilot, but I wish it was slightly longer...... I loved the way it has the same general idea as the movie, but still managed to set itself apart from it. Everyone who's complaining about how horrible it is to remake the movie and how it's such an insult to Heath Ledger's memory is completely missing the point: no one is trying to copy the original movie, they're just working from the same idea and making it their own(if people will allow them). The chemistry between Kat and Patrick shows real potential, also between Bianca and blonde quarterback(I can't remember his name) there were sparks.... As of yet there isn't anything major between Bianca and Cameron, except infatuation on his side of course. All in all I look forward to seeing where the series goes.....

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Jul 8, 2009 12:13PM EDT

also I love Larry Miller as the dad, especially his hilarious one-liners about what boys want.....

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