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Cruel Intentions
     

Cruel Intentions

4.5 36
Director: Roger Kumble

Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon

 

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In an adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) are step-brother and step-sister living in Manhattan. With their absent parents travelling in Europe, the wealthy pair have the family penthouse to themselves as they while away their summer break before

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In an adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) are step-brother and step-sister living in Manhattan. With their absent parents travelling in Europe, the wealthy pair have the family penthouse to themselves as they while away their summer break before beginning senior year at a private high school. Sebastian, bad-boy lothario, has apparently slept with all the girls in town and appears numb to it all. Kathryn, who appears to be the good girl class president, is actually far more amoral and malicious than Sebastian, but maintains appearances to the contrary. When she is dumped by her boyfriend, Court Reynolds (Charlie O'Connell), for the innocent Cecile Caldwell (Selma Blair), she schemes revenge by destroying Cecile's reputation. She challenges Sebastian to deflower Cecile and transform her into a tramp to humiliate Court. Sebastian isn't as interested as Cecile -- she's spent her whole life in a Catholic girl's school and presents no challenge. The girl who has caught his attention is Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon), the new headmaster's daughter. Annette had written an article for Seventeen Magazine on her plans to stay a virgin until she finds her one true love. Kathryn makes a wager. If Sebastian fails to lure Annette into bed before the summer is over, Kathryn gets his car. If he succeeds, Sebastian gets Kathryn, whom he wants anyway. Sebastian accepts the bet, but Annette turns out to be more than either of them bargained for.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A profane, wicked, barely believable but also oddly enjoyable teen variation on Dangerous Liaisons, Cruel Intentions is a truly guilty pleasure until it begins to take itself far too seriously. Writer/director Roger Kumble's take on this tale of decadence is light on subtlety, but takes the proceedings to a giddy limit, and adapts the story with more panache than it probably deserves in a setting so inherently shallow. The young cast is well-appointed, especially Sarah Michelle Gellar, who relishes the opportunity to play a bitch-goddess manipulator, though the drippy romantic angle of the story is far too melodramatic for a movie that delights in being so biting. The movie doesn't score many points for originality, but at least offers a bit more than the standard teenage picture, especially in its flagrant vulgarity, some of which is quite funny. A mid-size hit in theaters, the film has the dubious distinction of spawning a television series that never aired, the doomed-from-the-start Manchester Prep.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/1999
UPC:
0043396027121
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Michelle Gellar Kathryn Merteuil
Ryan Phillippe Sebastian Valmont
Reese Witherspoon Annette Hargrove
Selma Blair Cecile Caldwell
Louise Fletcher Helen Rosemond
Swoosie Kurtz Dr. Greenbaum
Christine Baranski Bunny Caldwell
Joshua Jackson Blaine Tuttle
Eric Mabius Greg McConnell
Sean Patrick Thomas Ronald Clifford
Tara Reid Marci Greenbaum

Technical Credits
Roger Kumble Director,Screenwriter
Chris J. Ball Executive Producer
Michael Fottrell Executive Producer
Jeff Freeman Editor
David S. Lazan Art Director
Anne McCarthy Casting
Bruce Mellon Executive Producer
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Tessa Posnansky Set Decoration/Design
Sam Hill Asst. Director
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Jon Gary Steele Production Designer
William Tyrer Executive Producer
Theo Van de Sande Cinematographer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Brad Wilder Makeup
Denise Wingate Costumes/Costume Designer
Heather Zeegen Co-producer

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Cruel Intentions 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons is but a pale imitation of both the book and the movies that preceded it: innundated with the pompous and immature acting of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Selma Blair, and Reese Witherspoon, one feels as if they're watching just another bland childish t.v. melodrama to the likes of 90210. First of all, Ryan Phillippe shows absolutely no talent in his role as Valmont. His theatric attempts at imitating John Malkovich's performance as Valmont is painful to watch if not laughable: a major disappointment from the onset of the movie. Why would one want to see a movie where the principal actor is vainly trying to imitate a greater actor who's still living? Please spare me the agony, I've seen better acting in obscure high school plays. I don't pay to see someone else failing their acting classes. The customs and manners in Les Liaison Dangereuses depict those of 18th century Europe because of the social conventions and institutions particular to that time (i.e. women's restricted roles and functions in society, the notion of honor and duels for the nobility, etc.) In this film, the juxtaposition of such artifices in a present day context makes absolutely no sense. The script thus comes out as nothing more than shallow and pretentious teenage snobbery. Changing the characters to an adolescent age reduces their motivations and actions to those of immature teenage twits with no sexual maturity and with their reproductive hormones on overdrive. Spare yourselves from watching immature actors perform miserably in this mediocre adaptation. You're not missing a thing by not seeing this farce of a movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Cruel Intensions is a great movie. If you enjoy reading romance novels with a good plot and twist, you'll love this movie.This is a great movie to watch with your companion to get in the mood. I owe my girlfriend of 3 months to this movie,If your a teenager with your mind on love, this is the ''one'' to watch.With a great plot,lot of romance,and my favriote charm and lines, What more could u want? I know a certian lady who reads these romance novels an i know she'll love this movie. It appeals to all age groups 16 and up. A must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a gre-a-a-a-a-a-a-t movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cruel Intentions is the best movie ever made because Ryan Phillippe is the star. It is witty and seductive above all others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Creul Intentions has the same old bad girl, Bad guy. There is also a 2 goody-goody girls. And with out the Hottie(Ryan Phillippe) this movie wouldn't have been my favorite. There is some nudity in this movie but who said nudity is bad. Anyway I highly recommened this movie. ''The Best movie of all time''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Step siblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont are a poisonous duo. Kathryn plays up to be a sweet, innocent, student body president in public, when infact she is sex craving, drug abusing and vindictive. Sebastian is known for bedding the entire female population of Manhattan and being proud of it, though he is only playing up to be what he really is. Sick of sleeping with 'incipid manhattan debutons', Sebastian craves for something a little more challenging. So he and Kathryn engage in a bet. Sebastian bets he can bed the virginal Annete(who also happens to be the new principal's daughter)before school starts. The odds: He fails and Kathryn gets his 1956 Jaguar roadster. He wins and he gets to bed the only person he can't have, Kathryn. Kathryn also plans a little something for herself. As part of her cruel plan to get back at her ex, Court Reynolds she needs Sebastian to bed Cecile. The girl Court dumped Kathryn for. The games begin. The only problem is not only does Annette not fall for Sebastian's Romeo act but Sebastian actually ends up falling in love with Annette to his own dismay. Unfortunately, Kathryn puts Sebastian's reputation on the line, knowing he has fallen for Annette. Sebastian goes to end things with Annette and tells her she was just a bet. Afterwards, Sebastian regrets what he has done and so gives Annette his most prized possesion, his journal. Will Annette fall for him again? Watch and find out. This film really struck a chord in me. It left me crying in the end but with a smidgen of hope at the same time. Ryan's character makes a smooth transition from bad guy to good guy and he carries it very well. Sarah stunned me playing Kathryn. It was hard to believe she is the same person who plays cute teeny bopper Buffy. This was definately Reese's best film yet. I felt that this film definately did justice to all of their acting skills. First time director Roger Kumble has done a brilliant job and most certainly deserves a pat on the back. The best adaptation of 'Les Liasons Dangereuses' yet. This film will stay in my mind as long as I live and I hope it will do the same for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rocks. It's scandolous!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have ever seen. Everyone who was in the movie did a very entertaining and great job. If you haven't seen this movie, you are missing out. So go see it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen Cruel Intentions so many times and it is still good.I think it is the best movie ever.Sarah Michelle Geller is hot and so is Resse Witherspoon.You need to watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best. Ilove the way it sucks you in so you need to watch the end.It is the best ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie, somewhat similar to ''Great Expectations''. In fact, some of the lines were taken directly from it. I do reccomend watching this film, however, after reading the other reviews, i would highly advise you to attend school and learn how to spell before spending too much time on the TV.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one of my favorite movies of all time. You wont be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is definetly awesome in my mind. I think all people like to see wicked things we would never do and this movie had enough backstabbing to compete with Ancient Rome. There are many a devious plot and although it isn't 18th century like the other two version it encompasses the story/ theme very well. I suppose those very rich are bound by certain social codes although I hope not to this degree. For Catherine played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, it is being the perfect student and still being as reckless as everyone else. Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) has a knack for attracting women, having them and then never calling again. It is only when Annette (Reese Witherspoon) becomes his next conquest that he discovers he is human and gains emotional attachment. It is a good movie with a good script although some of the acting isn't top notch. Definetly deserves its R rating with a lot of sexual inuendo as well as sex scenes. As a note to parents make sure your children don't see this movie until your prepared for a bird's and the bee's talk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this movie!! i could watch it over and over. i think ive watched it more then 10 times already! i love it. the end is sad but still great. and the soundtrack is really good too.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
the movie is great cause of Ryan he's so cute and very sexy he plays a good role as the rich step brother i also like Reese witherspoon she's sweet and friendly and even though Sara Michelle Gellars charcter is the bad girl she's real good at being bad i really love this movie its sexy i love Ryan!!!!
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
Cruel Intentions This is a fun story that takes the audience into the world of rich, spoiled, sophisticated and manipulative young adults. It's unpredictable and has a great cast and soundtrack. I liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a reat story of live and betrayal. A great cast probley Sarah Michille Gellers, Reese Witherspoons, and Ryan Phillippes best work. Such an unpredictable ending! An origanal story line that hasn't been reused today. A must see AT LEAST once!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie of all time. If you don't see this movie, you are truly missing out. I always find myself in tears after seeing it. It's a really beautiful movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie last week and i still cant get over how good it was! Ryan Phillipe was amazing and hot to say the least, and sarah michelle gellar and reese were great too. Im buying this movie as soon as i can get to the store!! I would highly recommend it!
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