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Cruel Intentions [DVD] [1999]

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Ryan Phillippe , Roger Kumble    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher
  • Directors: Roger Kumble
  • Writers: Roger Kumble, Choderlos de Laclos
  • Producers: Bruce Mellon, Christopher Ball, Heather Lieberman, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D0EP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,561 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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, Cruel Intentions 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 has 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,

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DVD Special Features

Audio Set Up
Language Choice
Multiple Language Subtitles
Scene Selections
US Theatrical Trailer
Director/Producer Commentary
5 Deleted Scenes
2 Music Videos (Marcy Playground and Placebo)
Behind The Scenes Featurette
Languages: English/French
Subtitles: English/French/Polish/Czech/Hungarian/Hindi/Hebrew/Turkish
Ratio: 1:1.85
Feature Running Time: 94 mins approx

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You will be discreet about this. . .?" 24 Jan 2004
Cruel Intentions has been slammed by critics, who have unfairly and unfavourably compared it with 1989's Dangerous Liaisons (both films stem from Choderlos de Laclos's novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses). Whereas Dangerous Liaisons is fairly faithful to the original, Cruel Intentions manipulates the plot - throwing a twist in the tail - and relocates the milieu from 18th century France to the present-day Upper East Side of New York, where underneath the veneer of respectability, wealthy teenagers plot each other's downfalls.

Stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont are two such teenagers. They amuse themselves by arranging reputation-destroying paybacks for those who have wronged them, and make wagers on the outcome. The focus of the movie is Sebastian's attempt to make a conquest of the Headmaster's virginal daughter, Annette (who, in a heavy-handed attempt at symbolism, wears white throughout almost the entire film).

However, the movie certainly has some memorable high points, beginning at the very outset where the camera swoops fast and low over what appears to be a grassy park studded with rocks; only after the camera angles away does the viewer realise - with some discomfort - that the park is in fact a graveyard. The opening scenes also introduce the appealing and well-judged soundtrack, which includes artists as diverse as Placebo and Fatboy Slim. The Verve's song, Bittersweet Symphony, is an absolutely perfect 'just desserts' track at the film's conclusion.

These kids are incredibly nasty and vindictive, but owing to the verbosity of the script and the almost total lack of adult chaperones appearing on screen, it is difficult at times to remember that they are only teenagers. In the end though, perhaps we just like to see someone be very, very wicked and almost get away with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a smart and sassy update of the 18th Century novel 'Les Liasons Dangereuse', relocating the action from Pre-Revolutionary France to the catty and privileged teenagers of the Upper East Side, New York. The book has already been made into a play and a movie (by Christopher Hampton) and has a surprisingly modern feel which means it lends itself remarkably well to an update.

Ryan Phillipe acquits himself well in the challenging role of Sebastian Valmont, the sophisticated womanizer with a bad reputation and a heart of gold (well, sort of). He has the difficulty of having to seduce, shock, appall and charm the audience in equal measure. Phillipe is suitably lively, brooding and outrageous and pouts exquisitely in a way that would make even Chuck Bass proud. But despite his character's questionable morals, he still achieves a likeability and a sincerity, and no matter what he does, his antics are certainly entertaining.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is a surprisingly effective mean girl, and exudes an icy, deadpan power as she unashamedly manipulates everyone around her. Her performance is subtle and controlled and always keeps the other characters (and the audience) at arms length. However, I felt I never 'warmed' to her like I warmed to Valmont (and ended up rooting for him, despite his bad behavior) which was perhaps intentional.

Annette, who is first Valmont's conquest and then his love interest, is brought to life quietly and sincerely by Rees Witherspoon, who radiates natural goodness. She is a stark contrast to cold, calculating Kathryn and provides a breath of fresh air which is badly needed in a movie which is populated by such manipulative people. Witherspoon is especially talented at sharing her thoughts with the audience through only a single look.
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I have not seen/read Dangerous Liasons, which this brilliant comedy is based on but who cares if this film is nothing like it, it makes an excellent film on it's own. Right from the beginning I was enjoying it, laughing more than I have ever laughed before, marvelling at the cruelness of the characters. In some parts of the film I was not sure whether I was meant to be shocked by the evil Sarah Michelle Gellar & Ryan Phillipe's deeds or whether to laugh outloud. The plot is that two College kids who are step-brother and sister are apparently goodie-goodies but are mean, double-crossing, cruel, spoilt brats who do anything to get representable images to teachers and other kids alike. The story tells of their wager on whether or not the brother can bed the new headmaster's daughter before he gets to the school. If he does, then he gets his hot sister for a night and if not, she gets his car. Dasterdly tricks and sick jokes ensue but this combination makes a very funny film. It is hilarious, get it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This sure doesn't taste like an iced tea. 31 Mar 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Kathryn {Sarah Michelle Gellar} & Sebastian {Ryan Phillippe} are devious, amoral step-siblings who delight in causing mischief to others purely to entertain themselves. Striking up a wager between themselves, a sort of sex for car type thing, Sebastian must try to bed the headmaster's virginal daughter, Annette {Reese Witherspoon}. But Annette is not for turning and more importantly, she's having quite an impact on Sebastian.

Cruel Intentions is directed and written by Roger Kumble and is a comedic, dramatic and modern update of the French novel Les Liaisons Dangeureuses written by Choderlos De Laclos. While the other modern film versions of the novel are set, like the source, in France, Kumble's movie relocates to New York City and deals its tale of manipulation, seduction, sex and love amongst the affluent and socially superior youth.

Make no bones about it, this may be a modern spin on the source, but it follows its template pretty rigidly. Which of course is no bad thing if one is happy to embrace its MTV body. But it can also be said that the comedy on offer here is sort of thumbing its nose at the original, because this does at time border on the ridiculous, with both Geller and Phillipe pushing for the 1999 most OTT performance award. That said tho, it's hard not to have fun as the double crosses and twisty twistersons play out; and the film is dam sexy to boot. Selma Blair is along for the ride, err, literally; and the soundtrack is appropriately rocky for the setting. A commercial success on release and the spawner of two straight to video sequels, Cruel Intentions isn't as smart as it obviously thought it was going to be. But with dark shades flickering throughout and the youths behaving badly reason to exist, there's far worse ways to spend nearly 100 minutes in front of your TV. 6/10
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