So Katherina is a big witch, a shrew if you will, who is mean to everyone and has a sharp wit. Her younger sister, Bianca, cannot get married until Katherina is married first. Along comes Petruchio who decides that Katherina should be his wife as she has a lot of money. He decides to tame her with starvation and sleep deprivation, all in the name of love, till she submits to him.
There is also Bianca's subplot about two men who want to marry her Hortensio and Lucentio pretend to be tutors to get close to her. Through a slightly complicated plot, Lucentio wins her hand and they are married. In the end, Petruchio proves that he has the most obedient wife.
So I think it can be said that this is not one of my favorite plays although I think Katherina and Petruchio deserve each other. Katherina is a b***h to everyone without actually meeting them and she is very mean to her sister and Petruchio is fairly insane just in general. One day she is going to slit his throat while he sleeps. I have no doubt.
In this version, Patrick is paid to take out Katerina so that Bianca can date. She is out right mean to him and softens up later. But after he refuses to kiss her (and rightly so, she is threw up early) she gets mad and Patrick sings "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" to win her back and then she flashes her teacher to get him out of detention. So he really tries to win her with kindness and she is angry later when she finds out about him being paid (and rightly so). Thus the titular poem "10 Things I Hate about You" is written
Julia Stiles and Heath Ledge are so good and so beautiful in this movie. I especially thought the scene where Cameron and his friend decide if Patrick is a "pretty" guy or not was funny. And I love the ending and the fact that they both gave as good as they got. The music is fantastic.