A STEAMY, STYLISH LOOK AT MANHATTAN'S POSH YOUTH AND THEIRWANTON GAMES AND SEXUAL MANIPULATION. COMMENTARY BY DIRECTORROGER KUMBLE, FEATURETTE, AND TWO MUSIC VIDEOS.
This modern-day teen update of Les Liaisons Dangereuses suffered at the hands of both critics and moviegoers thanks to its sumptuous ad campaign, which hyped the film as an arch, highly sexual, faux-serious drama (not unlike the successful, Oscar-nominated Dangerous Liaisons). In fact, this intermittently successful sudser plays like high comedy for its first two-thirds, as its two evil heroes, rich stepsiblings Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe), blithely ruin lives and reputations with hearts as black as coal. Kathryn wants revenge on a boyfriend who dumped her, so she befriends his new intended, the gawky Cecile (Selma Blair), and gets Sebastian to deflower the innocent virgin. The meat of the game, though, lies in Sebastian's seduction of good girl Annette (a down-to-earth Reese Witherspoon), who's written a nationally published essay entitled "Why I Choose to Wait." If he fails, Kathryn gets his precious vintage convertible; if he wins, he gets Kathryn-in the sack. When the movie sticks to the merry ruination of Kathryn and Sebastian's pawns, it's highly enjoyable: Gellar in particular is a two-faced manipulator extraordinaire, and Phillippe, usually a black hole, manages some fun as a hipster Eurotrash stud. Most pleasantly surprising of all is Witherspoon, who puts a remarkably self-assured spin on a character usually considered vulnerable and tortured (see Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Liaisons). Unfortunately, writer-director Roger Kumble undermines everything he's built up with a false ending that's true to neither the reconceived characters nor the original story--revenge is a dish best served cold, not cooked up with unnecessary plot twists. --Mark Englehart
Gets me ready for boo sex and ballroom at the buckingham palace.Published 10 months ago by Chenthura balasubramaniam
Got my movie in today and it arrived right on time as stated after purchase. Brand new factory sealed as promised and shown in there add. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Melissa
So Buffy, Liz Sherman, Elle Woods & her idiot ex-husband. A good story but poor writing and sub-par (given the cast) acting.Published 23 months ago by Geordie A.
This has always been one of my favourite movies! I definitely had to own it on blu-ray! It has everything: romance, love, betrayal, hilarious comedy and sweet sweet revenge! Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2013 by Anonanon
This is the most viciously homophobic movie that I have ever seen. It's incredible. The director should be ashamed; obviously he hates gay people, but he should exercise a little... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Nysocboy
i loved this movie and it's second best out of the trilogy.3 uis the best though no contest.Published on July 12 2004 by jj
Cruel Intentions is a GREAT movie. It is sexy, witty, and thrilling. It is highly reccommended, and so is this Special Edition DVD (it has very good special feautires). Read morePublished on June 8 2004
(...)when i rented this movie casue i heard it was pretty good...After I watched it i could not stop thinking about how good it was! in fact! its the best movie ive ever seen! Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by "pinkaboo4613"