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Cruel Intentions 2 (Sous-titres français)
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After his precocious behavior has gotten him bounced out of one more in a string of exclusive private schools, 16-year old Sebastian Valmont (Dunne) has arrived in New York City to live with his father and stepmother. The cunning and handsome Sebastian may have met his match, however in his equallymanipulative and beautiful stepsister Kathryn Merteuil (Amy Adams). As Sebastian arrives for his first day at Manchester Prep, the exclusive school where Kathryn is student body president, he realizes that he'll have to do his best if he's to survive in the cutthroat world of the young and privileged.
There's a reason you haven't heard of this straight-to-video "sequel" to the seamy teen romp that had Ryan Phillippe baring his polished behind: it's twice as bad as the first one and is only worth a look to see just how embarrassingly buttless it can get. Writer-director Roger Kumble's original was no classic, Lord knows, but at least the game, nubile cast knew how to smack its lips--his follow-up (which, in tamer form, was to be the pilot for a proposed series called Manchester Prep) can't even pout properly. Phillippe's Sebastian character (here played by a bland, doughy Robin Dunne) is carted back out to be reintroduced to scheming stepsister Kathryn, enacted by a woefully unsexy Amy Adams (Sarah Michelle Gellar played Sebastian's ripe cousin in the first film). The two don't hit it off, and Sebastian--far more sentimental than his big-screen counterpart--immediately decides he's all for love, in the form of pristine deb Danielle (Sarah Thompson). It all amounts to a ponderously cartoonish nothing, including a twist ending that renders everything proceeding it completely incomprehensible. Kumble has the film spouting homilies on love and self-esteem, then randomly throws in bare breasts; it's like a horny Saved by the Bell, without the kick or pacing of good camp. --Steve Wiecking --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You know the story: kids make a cruel bet for some high status, sex or money and all teen-adult hell breaks loose. At least, as loose as low-budget would allow. Which, in this case, isn't much. The dialogs are quite horrendous, the characters react like they're cut from the same mold and the direction, which was quite good in the previous one, isn't as nearly as inspired here. Definitely not worth your time unless you're waiting for that now obligatory girl-on-girl scene, which seems to be the entire point in making this movie. Oh, and Amy Adams appears at a very young age here, so it's interesting for her alone, knowing how far she's come.
Sebastian (Robin Dunne) reunites with stepsister Kathryn (Amy Adams). He plans to become a one-woman man after meeting with Danielle (Sarah Thompson), but Kathryn will step in their way, throwing a few curves at them, testing how loyal they can really be. Sounds familiar? It should, the previous movie just about had that exact same plot, down to the name of a few characters. Talk about original filmmaking ^_^
The 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby tracks are all right, the 5.1 delivering the better of both. It's not THX, but since the movie is mainly dialog-driven, its result is quite good.
DVD was only beginning so the image is quite soft, devoid of any detail and texture except a few times in close-ups, but there really isn't anything worth mentioning. It does get the job done, but, like its plot, it doesn't feel the need to reinvent itself.
None unless you count the included trailers as such...
I remember the girl who played Kathryn from 'Drop Dead Gorgeous', though she can act, her carrer is not gathering much steam. She plays her part well and it's nice to see bad guys (or girls) win once in awhile, but this movie left me with a feeling of 'who cares'?
The only real chuckle I got was the facalty member who won't help Kathryn, but is more than willing to help the boy coming up behind her. That and the poker game with the servants and the after math.
"Why don't we get to know each other."
"Do we have too?"
All in all this movie was rented and quickly returned. I had to write this review now because in a couple days this meaningless movie will be completely forgotten.
Don't buy this. Stay safe watching the first one, with none of the Z-list stars in this one. And whatever you do, don't buy the third one!!!
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I love this movie I love how that old saying comes into play with this movie "what goes around comes around". A must own in your dvd collection.Published on Jan. 9 2014 by Melissa
it was great!!
and the ending totally through me off track.
buy it rent it whatever.
Three words: What the f*ck?
I watched this movie with my friends in order, and when this one was put on I asked them "Haven't we just seen this"? Read more
GREAT STORY! WHAT A SEQUEL. GREAT ACTING. GREAT WRITING. A MUST HAVE MOVIE.Published on June 29 2004 by Nick Rocco
This movie is a guilty pleasure in every sense of the word. It's certainly not a great movie by any standard (but the original movie wasn't exactly a classic either). Read morePublished on June 18 2004
ok a sequal was expected...not wanted, needed, called for, or even good...but we got one non the less...
ok, a question? Read more
does anyone know what the name of the song is that is played at the begining when sebastian is in the cab?Published on March 23 2004
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