This takes place several years before Cruel Intentions (1999), back to when Kathryn first meets Sebastian, their sexual attraction to each other and their enjoyment in destroying the lives of their peers.
Keri Lynn Pratt
Two guys at a college prep school make wagers on seducing naive young girls, and then meet their match when they agree to see which one can seduce the most popular and devious girl who has her own agenda to everything.
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.
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, daughter of the headmaster at their school, 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.
The Valmont townhouse interiors were built and shot on sound stages in Los Angeles while the exterior scenes were filmed in New York City. See more »
In the closing scene Kathryn looks up at the students after skimming through the pages of Sebastian's journal and they are all looking at her. They are all standing in a shaded area with absolutely no sunlight on them. Just a second later there's a closeup shot of one of the same students and there's sunlight on his face. See more »
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
I give "Cruel intentions" a "10" because it is a saucy love story
without all the corniness of normal movies.
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