2. 10 Things I Hate About You
If Never Been Kissed is too problematic for you, this teen will soothe what ails you. Another one of the 10 best ’90s movies on Disney Plus is 10 Things I Hate About You. Earlier this year, Vox dubbed the film “one of the greatest teen comedies ever made,” while also noting that it stood the test of time.
What it’s about: Bianca isn’t allowed to date until her older sister Kat does first, but Kat fits the good (bad) old-fashioned stereotype of an unlikeable woman. It’s a ’90s rewrite of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Since we don’t want to give too much away in the description, we’ll leave it at that and hope you know the Bard’s works.
Why you should watch it on Disney Plus: Full disclosure: I’m pretty sure I originally watched this movie because Larisa Oleynik, whom I idolized because of her starring role in Nickelodeon’s The Secret World of Alex Mack, was in it. (Sorry, Disney!)
Oleynik aside, though, for “just a teen movie,” 10 Things I Hate About You really had a phenomenal cast: Heath Ledger (may he rest in peace), Allison Janney, Julia Stiles, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt all appeared in this film!
To be fair, though, it’s just a very well-done ’90s teen romance that benefits strongly from having two women write the script for the story of two very different sisters. Shocking to hear that having women writing about teen girls’ experiences would create such stellar results, I know.