Well I'm in a theater in film class and we are looking at The Taming of the Shrew so guess why we're watching this...
Acting/Characters: You pretty much have all of your stereotypical characters in this one: Jocks, nerds, bad boy with a heart of gold, attractive girl whom the guy wants but can't get until the end, best friend of the guy and the girl (separate people) the well meaning but overbearing father who has a heart-to-heart with his kid at the end etc. Although I can't judge too harshly because most of the characters are counterparts of people in the original. But still, try to make them less stereotypical. In terms of performances, I think that they were pretty much all the same as the aforementioned stereotypes. No real variation. I did kinda like Heath Ledger's performance. To me ever movie I see him in outside of the Dark Knight makes his performance in said movie even better. But overall there was nothing outstanding. Not too much to complain about either. 5/10
Plot: Even if it wasn't The Taming of the Shrew, I could guess exactly what was going to happen next and I would be totally right. In terms of the Shakespeare stuff, they actually deviated from it enough to be annoying. Only some basic plot elements and names had anything to do with the play So I don't even know why they call it Shakespeare. It was a typical teen rom-com with some Shakespeare undertones. 3.5/10
Screenplay: I actually found myself laughing at a few lines which was nice. My favorite one was "I heard he ate a live duck once"
"everything but the beak and feet"
If they had any Shakespearean lines then it was very 'nudge nudge wink wink' about them. Pretty much because they always said it was Shakespeare. I dunno. Basically the gist that I got from the film was "We're a teen comedy but look how smart we are for adding Shakespeare to it." 5.5/10
Likableness: I kinda liked it. At the very least I was entertained by it. It had its ups and its downs but in terms of teen movies, you could do a lot worse. A LOT worse. 6/10
Final Score: 20/40 50% (M)
TRIVIA TIME: 1. The school used in film is Stadium High School, Tacoma, Washington. The school was first built as a grand, chateau-style railroad station hotel but after it suffered fire damage, was renovated into a high school.
2. Kat Straford is excited she got into Sarah Lawrence College. In reality, Larisa Oleynik who played Bianca Stratford really went to Sarah Lawrence College.
3. Cameron's name, Cameron James, is a play on the name of a famous director, James Cameron.