Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions

"In the game of seduction, there is only one rule: Never fall in love."
  • R
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.8  (178,822)
  • 56

"Cruel Intentions" is about a foster brother and sister who hold prominent positions at an elite New York City private school. Both of them enjoy manipulating others and playing cruel games. The siblings are Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) and Katherine (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Katherine makes a bet that Sebastian cannot seduce a new student named Annette (Reese Witherspoon). If Katherine wins the bet, she gets Sebastian's car. If Sebastian wins, he gets Katherine. Sebastian attempts to win over Annette, but his initial attempts are rebuffed. He eventually realizes that he has fallen for Annette and is genuinely in love with her. This enrages Katherine, who is jealous of the attention Sebastian is lavishing on Annette. Meanwhile, matters are further complicated by Katherine's plan to destroy a naive young woman named Cecile (Selma Blair), who has recently enrolled in Katherine's school. Cecile is dating Katherine's ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Cecile falls for her music teacher, Ronald. The characters, especially Katherine, weave a web of deceit as they try to manipulate and triumph over one another. Sebastian must reconcile his feelings for Annette and his emotions toward Katherine. Sebastian's life is thrown into turmoil after he confesses the bet to Annette. They become estranged, but later take steps toward reconciliation. However, a tragic event changes everyone's lives. By the end of the film, some characters have grown more cynical, while others have been publicly exposed for who they really are. The movie is an adaption of the French 1782 novel "Dangerous Liasons", which was later made into an American film of the same name in 1988. "Cruel Intentions" changes the setting and involves younger characters. All three versions involve a male and female pair of people who cruelly and coldly manipulate others to serve their own ends. However, in all versions, the male manipulator falls in love with the woman he is supposed to seduce.

Cruel Intentions
Cruel Intentions (20th Anniversary Trailer)
Cruel Intentions (20th Anniversary Trailer)

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Cruel Intentions

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Description
"Cruel Intentions" is about a foster brother and sister who hold prominent positions at an elite New York City private school. Both of them enjoy manipulating others and playing cruel games. The siblings are Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) and Katherine (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Katherine makes a bet that Sebastian cannot seduce a new student named Annette (Reese Witherspoon). If Katherine wins the bet, she gets Sebastian's car. If Sebastian wins, he gets Katherine.

Sebastian attempts to win over Annette, but his initial attempts are rebuffed. He eventually realizes that he has fallen for Annette and is genuinely in love with her. This enrages Katherine, who is jealous of the attention Sebastian is lavishing on Annette. Meanwhile, matters are further complicated by Katherine's plan to destroy a naive young woman named Cecile (Selma Blair), who has recently enrolled in Katherine's school. Cecile is dating Katherine's ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Cecile falls for her music teacher, Ronald.

The characters, especially Katherine, weave a web of deceit as they try to manipulate and triumph over one another. Sebastian must reconcile his feelings for Annette and his emotions toward Katherine. Sebastian's life is thrown into turmoil after he confesses the bet to Annette. They become estranged, but later take steps toward reconciliation. However, a tragic event changes everyone's lives. By the end of the film, some characters have grown more cynical, while others have been publicly exposed for who they really are.

The movie is an adaption of the French 1782 novel "Dangerous Liasons", which was later made into an American film of the same name in 1988. "Cruel Intentions" changes the setting and involves younger characters. All three versions involve a male and female pair of people who cruelly and coldly manipulate others to serve their own ends. However, in all versions, the male manipulator falls in love with the woman he is supposed to seduce.

Cruel Intentions is a 1999 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 56.

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  • Release Date
    1999
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 37 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (178,822)
  • Metascore
    56