Cruel Intentions (1999)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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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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8 November 2001 | Infofreak
The cruel thing is making somebody watch this garbage...
'Cruel Intentions' updates Choderlos de Laclos 18th Century novel of sex, deception and morality (or lack thereof) for the 'Buffy'/MTV generation and falls flat on its ass. This is a movie so God-awfully embarrassing that you wouldn't even wish it on a Backstreet Boys fan!

All the cleverness, subtlety and ironic wit of the original story is lost in this dumbed down Gen Next mess. It doesn't even work on the trash level of similar superficial crap like 'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer' or 'Wild Things'. It's just plain BAD in every department!

Gellar and Phillippe completely fail to convince as the Machiavellian anti-heroes. You do not believe in them for one second, and that is the major problem with this movie. But not the only problem. The acting is uniformly awful, but special mention must go to Selma Blair who will have you cringing in disbelief. It's a wonder she ever worked again after this. The usually impressive Reese Witherspoon fares the least worst from this turkey, but no-one could seriously claim that this role is one for her to be proud of. Let's just pretend it just never happened, okay?

'Cruel Intentions' is THE PITS. If you're too brain-dead from watching Britney and Christina videos all day, try any of the three previous versions of this story. They are all worth watching, and all demolish this fiasco. And if you want to see a REALLY cynical and wickedly subversive teen spoof try Gregg Araki's 'Nowhere'. It's twenty times the movie this will EVER be! The decision is yours...

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Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair appeared in Legally Blonde (2001).


Sebastian: Unbelievable! Some fag, no offense...
Blaine: None taken.
Sebastian: Wrote a letter to this chick describing my lascivious tactics.
Blaine: Any ideas who it could be?
Sebastian: Blaine, if I knew who it was, that person would be in a momentous amount of pain!


When Katherine and Cecile are in the park kissing, Cecile's hair is behind the green clip, when the kiss it's covering the green clip, then when they finish the green clip is exposed again.

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains some deleted scenes:

  • The first is an extended version of the scene where Sebastian blackmails Greg.
  • The second scene is the original version of the scene where Sebastian calls Annette, while he is talking to her. He pauses and talks to two "cheerleaders" who lie on an nearby bed. After Sebastian finished the call , he joins the two cheerleaders. In the theatrical version the two cheerleaders can only be partially seen in a mirror besides Sebastian while he talks with Annette.
  • A scene which shows how Cecile seduces Sebastian. She lies in the bathtub and askes him to join her. At first he refuses, but then joins her.
  • The original version of the scene where Sebastian tells Kathryn that he has left Annette. After her triumph drink, he demands that she joins him in Bed, she refuses so he hits her. Later they declare war on each other.
  • A scene where Annette is jogging in the Woods. Sebastians joins her with a small golf car and asks if he can give her a lift. She refuses and demands that he stays away.
  • The last scene is an extended version of the manipulation of Ronald. He tells Kathryn he likes her very much but only as a friend. When Ronald has joined her she tells him that Sebastian thinks he is a stupid n***er. She also tells him that Sebastian has slept with Cecile.


Praise You
Written by
Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook) and Camille Yarbrough
Performed by Fatboy Slim
Courtesy of Astralwerks under exclusive license from Skint Records Ltd.
Published by PolyGram International Publishing Inc./Songs of PolyGram International Publishing Inc./Maat Music. Inc.
Features a sample from "Take Yo Praise"
By Camille Yarbrough
Under license from Welk Music Group


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Drama | Romance


Release Date:

5 March 1999


English, Vietnamese, French

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

225 Central Park West, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office


$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,020,565 7 March 1999

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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