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Cruel Intentions

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Ryan Phillippe , Roger Kumble    DVD
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Gellar/Phillippe/Witherspoon ~ Cruel Intentions


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

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2.0 out of 5 stars Alright but could have been better. Oct. 6 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ah, the 90s, the teen flicks of my youth. I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Craft, Scream, Wild Things, and Cruel Intentions. Most of which only recycle the tried formula of their respective genres. For this movie, it's been a long time since I saw it (back when VHS was still big). After all those years, it's not the best of movies. A very forgettable effort but still enjoyable for its corny spirit and sometimes bland acting (Ryan Philippe felt like a washed off sponge, but we all had to start somewhere). The real part that got me back then was between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair (yes, that part). Even though the movie is very predictable, what few heart it has makes up for some of it's nihilistic approach in characterization.

Sebastian (Ryan Philippe) collects female like a sportsman collects trophies. The only woman he really wants is his step-sister Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar). They place a bet involving the most outrageous idea: Sebastian has to corrupt and bed Annette (Reese Witherspoon).

A very serviceable track, the dialog is crisp, easy to hear and the music is very well balanced.

As far as DVD go, this is a good enough transfer. It's nothing to write home about but it gets the job done.

A nice array of supplemental material is offered: an audio commentary, deleted scenes, two featurettes, music videos, trailer and filmographies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever May 14 2004
This is still my favorite movie, it has been since it came out. In fact it probably was since I saw the preview for it! What's it got? First of all it's got a ton of seduction, betrayal, backstabbing, all the things you need for a great movie. It has a stellar cast with Sarah Michelle Gellar (famous for the great tv show Buffy, here at her meanest), Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe and Selma Blair. Without this great cast the movie wouldn't be what it is. I really bought the love story between Sebastian (Ryan) and Annette (Reese), it probably helped that they're real life lovers too. Cecille was funny, as the innocent twit that Kathryn wants to play with. The music in the movie also rocks, the soundtrack is a blast. This is a very edgy teen movie, and very adult so if you're like me you won't be able to wait to see it. The extra features on the dvd are alright, but the deleted scenes are nothing special, you'll be able to see why they were deleted. The trailer is great, they used the song How Soon is Now for it. The best thing is the movie itself, which I think stands up to many repeat viewings! Wicked and sexy, it's alot of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Romantic Comedy? May 2 2004
We'll start with the bad, for those who have seen dangerous liasons you've seen it all before and will expect similiar. Don't!
This is vamped for the younger generation. The only other thing that may make you dislike this film is Philipe's "Sebastian" acting. His acting through parts of the film is seemably someone trying to act but his character is someone who is constantly lying and is pretending. Several parts of the film when his emotions come out his acting is bottled. It's probably how most guys would act in the real situation trying to keep a tap on their emotions and the only flaw in this is that it's too real and not more like what we usually see on screen.
But despite that this is a brilliant film with twists and a great ending.
I'd like to mention the excellent job Edward Shearmur did for the soundtrack. Brilliant non intrusive to the movie and very suiting to the mood. Each and every track melds into a great viewable movie.
With only a thousand characters per comment I could go on all day about film but thought more suiting to mention the bad and let you enjoy the movie with these out of the way.
One of my all time favourite's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The teens today!!! Jan. 4 2004
By T.M.M.
CRUEL INTENTIONS is about how some troubled youths act in high school, both in the movie, and in reality as well. This movie is great, it is aimed for a teen audience, but is still entertaining. It is almost repulsing when you see how these shmucks treat each other, but then you can see the connections between the Character partrayed by Sarah and Ryan, and the kids at your high school. Insomse cases it hit pretty close to home, but it is refreshing to see the "just desarts" in the end of this movie. Sarah Michelle Gellar found her inner "Erica Kane" from her All My Children days. I say her inner "Erica Kane" 'cause I cannot type the real word on this review. In the movie, you almost want to slap her in you are a girl, or splash a glass of water in her face if are a guy,'cause you can't slap her if are a guy. Sarah Michelle Gellar uses some strong language in this movie, so do teens today. Which is so realistic about this movie, with their language and their actions If want to see some evil teens try to use and abuse and manipulate eac other(with thier "Just Desarts" in the end) then sit down, kick back and enjoy!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pompous and Immature Jan. 2 2004
By A Customer
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 prepubescent t.v. melodrama to the likes of 90210.
First of all, Ryan Phillippe's poor acting skills are made all too obvious by him trying too hard to act like John Malkovich as Valmont instead of acting as the character himself: a major let down 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.
Although the dialogue and mannerisms in the movie would perhaps work well in a film set in 18th century France such as with Dangerous Liaisons, the script in this movie 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. For great adaptations of Les Liaison Dangereuses, watch either Dangerous Liaisons or Valmont instead.
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Published 15 months ago by Anonanon
5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion one of the best adaptation of the original novel that...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A hate crime
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 more
Published on July 16 2004 by Nysocboy
5.0 out of 5 stars this rocks
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
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