Cruel Intentions (Un pari cruel) (Bilingual)
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Sarah Michelle Gellar (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Ryan Phillippe (I Know What You Did Last Summer, 54) sizzle as a pair of unscrupulous siblings in a deliciously sexy tale of seduction, revenge and conquest. After cleverly seducing and ruining the reputation of an unsuspecting classmate (Selma Blair, Can't Hardly Wait, Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane), the sparks fly when Kathryn (Gellar) poses the ultimate challenge to her insatiable stepbrother Sebastian (Phillippe): deflower the Headmaster's beautiful, virgin daughter Annette (Reese Witherspoon, Pleasantville, The Man In The Moon). If he fails, Kathryn gets his most prized possession, but if hesucceeds, Sebastian gets to possess and bed Kathryn. The stakes are high, but for Sebastian, the payoff is feverishly irresistible and before the summer's over, no one will escape their relentless game of cat and mouse until one of them is bitten by the most unlikely sensation of all ...love.
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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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In his pursuit to win, Sebastian teams up with a very effeminate friend (Joshua Jackson) who helps him blackmail a footbal player hiding in the closet to find out who is badmouthing him to Annette. Mix in Katherine's determination to get even with her ex-boyfriend by ruining the reputation of his new, yet naive girlfriend Cecille (Zelma Blair) by getting her involved with her African-American violin teacher, and you have the recipe for revenge ala Upper East Side, Manhattan.
While the film's dealings with such themes as lesbianism, homsexuality, drug use, and racial dating make this a film for mature teenagers and/or young adults, the film nonetheless was one of the best films of 1999 in my opinion. The DVD version, which also contains the original theatrical trailer, associated music videos, and deleted scenes are an added bonus. The ending where Annette gets her revenge is a classic.
Keep an eye out for Swoozie Kurtz as Sebastian's therapist, and Tara Reed ("American Pie") as her daughter and the first victim of Sebastian's headgames.Read more ›
Sarha Michelle Gellar - She portrades her character fantastically. When you are watching this film you feel like she is the actual character. She plays Kathryn, the rich, drug taking, who always gets what she wants.
Ryan Phillipe, - He plays Kathryn's step brother who is also very rich and spoiled. He did a good job starring this character, because it¡¯s not the easy character. He deals with the script well and acts very natural.
Reese Witherspoon, She plays Anette the innocent virgin who doesn¡¯t know about Sabastian and Kathryn's bet. Reese is one of my favorite actresses and I think she is fantastic in every movie. She just seems natural in every situation. She¡¯s not that pretty though.
Storyline - Sebastian is a women eating man and he sees the article by Anette about why she remains virgin and how she is going to stay that way, Kathryn makes a bet with him that if he sleeps with Anette then he can sleep with Kathryn who he has wanted since their parents got married. But if he can¡¯t sleep with Anette then she gets his classic car. The whole movie is about the bet, but I am not going to tell you the ending. You will have to buy it and find out!!
Kathryn's and Sebastian's relationship with each other is not quite close to platonic, being that their slight sexual attraction to one another gives the audience the willies. However, they soon make a deal, show their civility in a firm handshake and begin to conspire like brother and sister. This is where the premise of the story begins and it starts with the souring of a doe-eyed ingenue named Cecile Caldwell (de Volanges - Uma Thurman's naive portrayal), played by underground talent Selma Blair.Read more ›
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Got this DVD and there wasn't any DVD in the case!! What a rip off only giving 5 stars for people to see thisPublished 3 hours ago by natashia
The plot here is varied enough to make this film interesting. Ryan Phillipe and Sara Gellar are stepbrother and sister via the marriage of their parents, no blood relationship. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JOHN B QUANTZ
Interesting play on "Les Liasons Dangerouses" ... now it it going to be a tv show with SMG reprising her role. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Janet Cousineau
Ah, the 90s, the teen flicks of my youth. I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Craft, Scream, Wild Things, and Cruel Intentions. Read more
Gets me ready for boo sex and ballroom at the buckingham palace.Published on Oct. 5 2014 by Chenthura balasubramaniam