This is more a teenage rom-com than Shakespeare. Julia Stiles is witty and cynical. Heath Ledger is great. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is earnest and sincere, and David Krumholtz is wacky comic relief. Darryl Mitchell, Allison Janney, Larry Miller and David Leisure are quirky. It's kind of glossed over that Bianca and Kat's father was dumped by his wife - it's just taken as a given. The soundtrack is pretty amazing.