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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 (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D0EP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features

Audio Set Up
Language Choice
Multiple Language Subtitles
Scene Selections
Filmographies
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
Arabic/Danish/Swedish/Finnish/Icelandic/Dutch/Norwegian/Portuguese/Greek
Ratio: 1:1.85
Feature Running Time: 94 mins approx

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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, Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Modernisations are rarely as good as the original. Often they seem to distort the original text, language and plot beyond recognition so that the author or director can put across extreme feminist, anti-racist/nazi/ageist viewpoint. Quite frankly I have often doubted whether the author could have even read the original, let alone adapted it to reflect modern society. However, this film takes on this difficult task and comes out smelling of talent and success. This did not get the box office acclaim it deserved, indeed it really should be rated higher than the over-romanticised Titanic.Nonetheless, the talented young actors show maturity beyond their years and fill the film with amazing amounts of sexual tension seemingly without any effort at all. It is my opinion, however, that this film can only be appreciated by those who have read the book Les Liasions Dangereuses or at least seen the film with John Malkovich. For only then can the viewer see how effortlessly the modern themes, such as racism and homophobia, fit in as thought they were always there. The class divide was so important in the original and this film highlights superbly the very issues that divide society today. Geller has a natural sexual appeal and in this film, with her new sophistacted brunette hair, she positively exudes confidence. Phillippe is masculinity personified and wears a suit in the natural, sexy way they should be. Together, they create more chemistry and tension in one scene than Winslet and deCaprio in the whole of Titanic. Every detail in the film has had due attention paid to it. The decor is a deliciously modern take on the richness and elegance of late 18th century France and the music an unusual, yet perfect, mix of modern indie and classic orchestral symphonies.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. McManus VINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
This film is a classic and in many ways is the film that made Reese Witherspoon. The film follows the story of how Ryan Phillipe, her later off screen husband, pursues her and deflowers her. This is not due to love as she believed, but due to a bet he has with Gellar. If he can seduce "true love waits" figure Witherspoon, he gets a car. When Witherspoon finds out, he instantly realises the folly of his ways and attempts to reconcile with her in a particularly jarring ending.

The film's strength is in the exceptionally strong lead roles, with Phillipe, Gellar and Witherspoon putting in flawless portrayals. The film also has an excellent sound track, which will take anyone who is a child of the 1990s back into teen nostalgia. Even people who (gasp) don't remember the 90s will still find this film enjoyable, such as today's older teenagers, as the themes covered are relatively timeless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Adamant on 22 Aug. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I've got to be honest I expected to hate this movie.
I loved both the book and film of Dangerous Liasons and generally am only a minor fan of Buffy (I watch the series for Willow not SMG).
Much to my suprise though the film holds up suprisingly well.
The modern settings requires few alterations (mostly towards the end) and the princple cast members turn in very believable performances (Okay it took 1- minutes for me to become absolutely convinced she wasn't going to stake someone).
I'd recommend this to any one who's seen the Glenn Close, John Malkovich Liason as an intresting change of pace and I'd recommend fans of this to check out the Liason Dangerous as well
A welcome suprise and thoroughly enjoyable film
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Emily R. Nabney on 4 May 2011
Format: DVD
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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