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Cruel Intentions (1999)

R | | Drama, Romance | 5 March 1999 (USA)
Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.

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Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont are seductive, manipulative step-siblings who get what they want when they want it. Kathryn makes a bet with Sebastian: Sebastian must bed Annette, the headmaster of their school's daughter, before the end of summer break. Annette has stated that she would wait until love and marriage to sleep with a man. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian's vintage 1959 Jaguar Roadster. If Sebastian wins, he gets Kathryn, the only girl he knows he'll never have. Also in play is Cecile, a naïve girl whose mother had enlisted Kathryn to help her fit in at her new school. However, Kathryn (with Sebastian's help) plans to ruin Cecile's reputation as revenge on Kat's ex-boyfriend, who left her for Cecile.

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seduction | virgin | bet | wager | revenge | See All (131) »

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In the game of seduction and betrayal, how far will you go? See more »

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Rated R for strong sexual dialogue and sexual situations involving teens, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$13,020,565 (USA) (5 March 1999)

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$38,201,895 (USA) (30 July 1999)
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Trivia

Swoosie Kurtz also appeared in Dangerous Liaisons (1988) which, like this film, is based on the Choderlos de Laclos novel "Les liaisons dangereuses". See more »

Goofs

The first time the inside of Sebastian's journal is shown, "The Bet" page is opposite the page with Kathryn's picture and the phrase "I'm a bitch". At the end of the movie, Kathryn receives a copy of the journal and opens to "The Bet" page which is now opposite Cecile's page. See more »

Quotes

Sebastian: Why can't we be together?
Annette: You wanna know why? Because I don't trust myself with you.
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Version of Kiken na kankei (1978) See more »

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Bittersweet Symphony
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Lyrics by Richard Ashcroft
Performed by The Verve
Worldwide copyright owner ABKCO Music Inc.
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C(R)OOL Intentions
3 March 2001 | by (Palmerston North, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This film (based on the 1988 hit 'Dangerous Liasons' starring Glenn Close, Michelle Pfieffer and John Malkovich) is a great movie intended for the older teenagers, and stars fine young acting talent.

Rich kid Kathryn ('Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Sarah Michelle Gellar) bets her equally jaded step-brother Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe; 'I Know What You Did Last Summer', which co-starred Sarah) that he can't seduce good girl, and virgin, Annette (played by Ryan's real-life wife Reese Witherspoon).

Along the way, Kathryn tries to help sexually-inexperienced Cecile (Selma Blair) get some action in her life, while she starts screwing Cecile's ex-music instructor! Sound weird? It is. It's basically about 2 rich snobs who mess with the lives of those around them, just because their lives get boring.

This film also stars Joshua Jackson ('The Skulls', 'Urban Legend', TV's 'Dawson's Creek) as Sebastian's gay best friend, who also gets involved in the use or be used storyline. Fellow teen-movie star Tara Reid ('Urban Legend', 'American Pie') also has a small role, as Sebastian's psychiatrists's daughter.

This film is pretty intense and deals with sex, drugs, seduction and alienation in a brave, way that makes it appealing to all teenagers. Not for the light hearted, more daring than anything like 'She's All That' and 'Never Been Kissed', but it's still good fun!


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