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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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Storyline

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

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Also Known As:

Cruel Inventions  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

When Sebastian is handing Kathryn the Seventeen magazine to read, on the cover is Jennifer Love Hewitt, who previously starred with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe from I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). See more »

Goofs

In the luncheon scene in Aunt Helen's yard, she leans down to hug Sebastian after saying the line, "You two are the best!" In one shot, she moves her left hand to his left shoulder, but in the next shot (close-up) her hand is not on his shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Helen Rosemont: Sebastian, I want you to meet Annette.
Sebastian: Well, well.
Annette: Hello.
Helen Rosemont: She'll be staying with me for a while.
Sebastian: I guess that makes two of us. Aunt Helen, why don't you go inside and whip us up some of that iced tea of yours. I'll... tend to Annette.
Helen Rosemont: All right. You two don't get into any trouble.
AnnetteSebastian: We won't.
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Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

You Blew Me Off
Written by Bobby Bare (as Bobby Bare Jr.)
Performed by Bobby Bare (as Bare Jr.)
Courtesy of Immortal/Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by Windswept Pacific Songs/Please Love Me Music
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Sexy
28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie gives a sexy, sensual twist to the stereotypical "teen flick." It communicates a new idea of sexuality amongst present-day teenagers, rather than the "bang her and leave her" mentality that is most commonly portrayed. I think the cast was very well chosen, and the dynamics of the cast were amazing. There weren't too many "no names" or "B list" actors, but on the other hand there weren't too many "A listers," which would have thrown the focus off the plot. The music used in the movie was perfect because it accentuated the tone of the movie.

I give "Cruel intentions" a "10" because it is a saucy love story without all the corniness of normal movies.


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