Cruel Intentions

1999 "In the game of seduction, there is only one rule: Never fall in love."
6.8| 1h38m| R| en| More Info
Released: 05 March 1999 Released
Producted By: Columbia Pictures
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Official Website: https://www.cruelintentions.com
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Slaking a thirst for dangerous games, Kathryn challenges her stepbrother, Sebastian, to deflower their headmaster's daughter before the summer ends. If he succeeds, the prize is the chance to bed Kathryn. But if he loses, Kathryn will claim his most prized possession.

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UnowPriceless hyped garbage
Cleveronix A different way of telling a story
Afouotos Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
Billy Ollie Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
ironhorse_iv There's a lesbian kiss between Sarah Michelle Gellar & Selma Blair's characters & sadly, that's what most people remember about this movie. Nevertheless, this film directed by Roger Kumble, originally named 'Cruel Inventions' before getting renamed, in order, to sound, less sci-fiction, has more to give, than just that. While, I wouldn't say, this American teenager film version is the best adaptation of author, Pierre Choderios de Laclo's 1782's novel, 'Les Liaisons dangereuses'; because it's not. I can say, the film about two teenager socialite step-siblings, Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) & Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe), using seduction as a weapon to socially control and exploit others like Cecile Caldwell (Selma Blair) & Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon), all the while enjoying their cruel games and boasting about their manipulative talents, was not that bad. It was mediocre, at best. Without spoiling the movie, too much, I have to say, this movie didn't have the same success and impact, as 1988's 'Dangerous Liaisons', had; maybe, because writer, Roger Kumble use a modern teenager settling, with little to no stalks, attached to it, rather than, setting the movie, with older crowd in a more compelling and complex location, like Wall Street, Hollywood, or better yet, in order, to fit more, with the French-like libertinism themes of the novel, post Antebellum, New Orleans College Life. Another reason, why the original settling works so well, is because, that novel depict 'Ancien Régime' French aristocracy, so cruel & corrupt, that it justified, the reasons, why the French Revolution, was needed. Here, the film does not, expose the dark side of capitalism & materialism that much, to justified, any reform, nor does it, make, the characters, too unlikable to hate. Toward the middle of the movie, the tone of the piece, switch, from, exposing the perversions of upper society to romantic teen drama, about Sebastian, slowly, falling in love, with one of his victim, Annette. Sebastian is presented far more sympathetically than his counterpart in the original novel and its adaptations. Because of this, the tone of this bet, makes the film, seem like it belong in the same typical cheesy teen-pop vain as films like 1999's "She's All that', than the cruel actions of 1959's 'Les liaisons dangereuses'. It's sad, because, this movie could had been something, so much, more, than kinda bland. Although, the film documents themes like incest, homosexuality, and miscegenation, it plays those subjects, pretty safe for a Rated R movie. Also, hardly any graphic nudity. This film, wasn't as risky as the original with its shining example of debauchery and decadence. After all, Valmont in the novel, does rape, and cause a lot of people to commit suicide, a lot more seriously. Sebastian in the film, is far from being, true-evil. Another big change from the novel, is the ending. Instead, of a justified duel to the death for a character that deserve it, the film, ends, bittersweet, with the lover, saving his love's life from accident. This ending, doesn't have the same impact as the original, because we know, that the character could perform an unselfish deed, while the reader of the novel has no way of knowing the protagonist true feelings. Did Valmont change for the good!? The book leave that, open-ended. I felt, the closure of 'Cruel Intentions', left, not enough work, for being thought-provoking. Another interesting observation that can be concluded after analyzing the film is the raw language is not as sophisticated as the book. I found the dialogue of the film, to be, shallow and not very memorable. Yet, another problem, with this film is overall, acting. While, Ryan Phillippe, was alright in the role, he was given. Some parts of his performance seem a little too annoying, whinny for my taste. The acting from Sarah Michelle Gellar was a little worst, with her going a little, too cartoony, over the top with being a vileness. Both young performers, couldn't touch, the sublime narcissistic egotism that, Glenn Close & John Malkovich pull off, in the 1988's film. Despite that, I have to say, the supporting cast was a lot better. While, Selma Blair's character, was made into a clueless ditz. She did play the role, well. The same with Reese Witherspoon. She really did, seem like she was the angelic virgin, despite, stealing a vintage car in the end. As for the adult performers, in this film. There were very unremarkable. I totally forgot that actress, Christine Baranski & Louise Fletcher, were in this film. That's how much, they didn't shine. Despite that, I do have to say, the movie was beautiful shot. The escalator scene, toward the end, was very noticeable. Another great thing, about this film, is the beautiful, well-crafted soundtrack. This movie had some of the best musicians of the '90s: 'Placebo, Aimee Mann, Skunk Anansie, Blur, and The Verve' to name, a few. It was nice to listen to. As for the sequels/prequels like 2000's 'Cruel Intentions 2' & 2004's 'Cruel Intentions 3'. They weren't worth checking out. However, the 2016 TV Movie/pilot of television series of the same name, might be worth seeing, if the footage is ever released. Overall: Despite its many flaws, this movie is still worth checking. 'Cruel Intentions' was somewhat seduced at the time.
tiskec Man, this movie is just a punch to the heart. Can you just imagine both the guy's situation, and the girls's at the end after he gets hit by the car. Dudes step sister try to set him up and everything. All for her own selfish wants. All she ever was is a drug addict, spoiled, and manipulative b*tch. The ending of this movie is a series of serious punches to the heart. It starts at the beginning of the funeral, and gets progressively harder after "The Verve" starts playing bittersweet symphony, after the speech dudes step sister is giving. the guy that died had a journal filled with horrible stuff she did. It was written by his love, who is now living without him.I tried to make as such sense as I could, but it's one of those reviews you have to spoil in order to do, but you don't want to at the same time. The pain in this movie is a unique experience, and the revenge by the girl at the end IS bittersweet. I shed a tear during this, and movies hardly EVER make me cry. I gave this movie a perfect 10... I hardly ever give perfect 10 ratings. man the ending is one of the best endings I have ever experienced.
Irishchatter I know this movie was meant to be trashy and have some well known actresses in this but this was the worst film they were ever involved in!This is worst like the 50 shades of Grey movie, I mean it's just terrible! Why on earth did they have to add in such sick references with only just sex and no romance in the film? I honestly didn't think Reece Witherspoon's and Ryan Phillippe's character's relationship didn't quite seem to be lovey Dovey but only just sex just get the sisters bet.I honestly think they shouldn't have done this movie and they made that girl Cecile really ignorant then actually being smart about the whole thing! God, I just hate this movie, it's awful stupid!
Davis P This film is apparently based or very loosely derived from the classic 80s film Dangerous Liaisons, which I learned just recently. I think people are wrong when they say that you can't do that with high school characters, 17 or 18 year olds are adults, they can have sex, get hurt, feel like killing themselves, or die. This can be done in high school, and I feel like the film did it well. Sarah Michelle Gellar was my favorite character, not because she's evil, but because I think she was PERFECT as Kathryn!! I feel like Ryan Philipe and Reese Witherspoon were great in their roles also. Now, for the movies faults, no. 1 is that kiss, yah the famous one, that was pretty pointless and unnecessary, what was it Just trying to keep the guys entertained. Stupid! No. 2, some of Cecil's lines were pretty stupid and weird, and Selma Blair as Cecil was a little awkward at moments, like the while Secret Society dance thing, um just no!! But overall a 7/10 is perfectly fair. A pretty good teen and adult film. Oh, almost forgot, I loved how they ended it with Kathryn, I'm not gonna say how they did it, watch it for yourself.