Classics recast into high school settings, revisited

Back in 2010, I posted about classic works of literature reworked as movies set in a modern high school. Comments on that post led me to expand my definitions a bit, and I’ve seen a couple more such movies since then. So I thought I would post the updated list:

Movie Year Original What I thought
West Side Story 1961 Romeo and Juliet Didn’t love it.
My Own Private Idaho 1991 Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V Loved it when I first watched it, liked it less on rewatching years later.
Clueless 1995 Emma Loved it.
10 Things I Hate About You 1999 Taming of the Shrew Liked it quite a bit.
Cruel Intentions 1999 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Didn’t like it. Perhaps that was inevitable, given that I love the Malkovich/Close/Pfeiffer Dangerous Liaisons.
O 2001 Othello Thought it was okay.
Brick 2005 Assorted Hammett stories. Found it really interesting, but flawed.
She’s the Man 2006 Twelfth Night Loved it.
Beastly 2011 Beauty and the Beast Don’t think I’ve seen it yet.
The Half of It 2020 Cyrano de Bergerac Loved it.

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