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A pair of sexy siblings seduce and ruin the reputation of an unsuspecting classmate and continue their manipulations into a second film.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: R
Release Date: 1-MAR-2005
Media Type: DVD


Cruel Intentions
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

Cruel Intentions 2
There's a reason you haven't heard of this straight-to-video "sequel" to the seamy teen romp that had Ryan Phillippe baring his polished behind: it's twice as bad as the first one and is only worth a look to see just how embarrassing it can get. Writer-director Roger Kumble's original was no classic, Lord knows, but at least the game, nubile cast knew how to smack its lips--his follow-up (which, in tamer form, was to be the pilot for a proposed series called Manchester Prep) can't even pout properly. Phillippe's Sebastian character (here played by a bland, doughy Robin Dunne) is carted back out to be reintroduced to scheming stepsister Kathryn, enacted by a woefully unsexy Amy Adams (Sarah Michelle Gellar played Sebastian's ripe cousin in the first film). The two don't hit it off, and Sebastian--far more sentimental than his big-screen counterpart--immediately decides he's all for love, in the form of pristine deb Danielle (Sarah Thompson). It all amounts to a ponderously cartoonish nothing, including a twist ending that renders everything proceeding it completely incomprehensible. Kumble has the film spouting homilies on love and self-esteem, then randomly throws in bare breasts; it's like a horny Saved by the Bell, without the kick or pacing of good camp. --Steve Wiecking

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher
  • Directors: Roger Kumble
  • Writers: Roger Kumble, Choderlos de Laclos
  • Producers: Beej Gefsky, Bruce Mellon, Charles Pratt Jr., Christopher Ball, D. Howard Grigsby
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Vietnamese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056PMW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cruel Intentions / Cruel Intentions 2" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "goredude" on April 23, 2001
Format: DVD
Cruel Intetions is just a brilliant film. It to me is perfect, a breath of fresh air into the common teen movie. The acting is excellent, the script, everything is amazing. The dvd is pretty good too. The deleted scenes are really good, and fun to see. And the documentaries are good too. A very good dvd package, and worthy of its special edition status.
Cruel Intentions 2 as you may know was put together from a cancelled TV show, and is also a classic movie. But is completely different from the first. The prequel is much funnier than the original (wether that is the intentions is a completely different matter) But is fun to watch, and i really enjoy. The dvd is a disapojnment though, we see more deleted scenes ion the trailer they provide us with than on the dvd, because the trailer and bios is it!
anyway, i am very happy with this set, it is a must buy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on January 25, 2002
Format: DVD
I loved the first movie (big fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar). The rest of the cast was also great in their roles. The basic plot is that Sebastian and Catherin are step siblings and they have wanted to ahve sex but know they can't (family reasons), so they make a bet that if Sebatian can sleep with Annette (the headmaster's daughter) that he will sleep with Catherine, and if he can't sleep with Annette, Catherine will get his car. The movie takes off from there and it is a great film for a Friday/Saturday night!
The second one, while great for a laugh (horrible acting, the actors do not even resemble the original cast) and it was cut from the series that they were going to make of the movie (Manchester Prep, never aired).
I will give it five stars (not going to punish it because of the prequel)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Zimmerman on February 18, 2001
Format: DVD
This combo set is an excellent addition to any movie collection Cruel Intentions has some of the best acting I have seen in a long time, and on top of the great acting the movie itself has an interesting plotline with plenty of twists to keep you wondering what's going to happen next and a stunning climax as the movie draws to a close. I give this movie 5 stars.
Cruel Intentions 2 is actually a prequel to Cruel Intentions, while not quite as good as the original this movie does setup and enhance your understanding of the main plots and characters in Cruel Intentions. As a stand alone.. I would give this movie 3 stars.
So.. overall ill give the set a combined rating of 4 stars
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