Cert: 15 Runtime: 97 mins Director: Roger Kumble Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Joshua Jackson and Tara Reid
People shouldn’t experience the act of love until they are in love
Cruel Intentions is one of the few exceptions. Adapted from the book “Dangerous Liasions”, Cruel Intentions delivers a story one is sure not to forget. The movie is about Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) and Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) – two overly sexually stepsiblings. Kathryn, one of the most loved girls at Machester Prep has a good girl image on the outside – yet is anything close to it truly),is found at the beginning and for a good amount of the movie trying to destroy the reputation of a girl named Cecile Caldwell (Selma Blair), who steals away her boyfriend. With help from her brother she succeeds, but how is the mystery of the story. Sebastian on the other hand has read an article in Seventeen magazine by a girl named Annette (Reese Witherspoon)who says she will wait until marriage before getting into the act of sex and is intrigued, for Sebastian has had a reputation of sleeping with girls and leaving them, and since Annette’s father is the new headmaster of his school, he just can’t wait to give a boost to his reputation by deflowering the headmaster’s little angel. So a bet is made between Sebastian and Kathryn: If Kathryn wins and Sebastian does not deflower Annette, she becomes the new owner of his beloved car. But if Sebastian wins, he gets to bed and possess Kathryn anyway he wants. Of Course, like in every good movie, things don’t exactly go that way, and someone ends up feeling something unexpected: love.
Well this is a brilliant backstabbing, bitchy, love and hate war movie. I cannot remember a movie like it in my time. The theme of the movie was priceless. Having two rich hobnob kids toying with various people’s emotions in their neighborhood was just great. In fact it is not at all silly to think that this does not happen in real life, because if you don’t believe that then you are very naïve. There are many people who need to be praised for this classic movie. Director Roger Kumble did a great job in bringing this movie to our screens. He added so many little `steamy’ pieces to this movie that it was never going to fail. Then you have the producer Neal H. Moritz who also allowed this film to shine. He gave this film all the right production touches, which I can only praise.Then you have the wonderful cast that was assembled for Cruel Intentions. The main star for this film would have to be the gorgeous Sarah Michelle Gellar. She was outstanding as the horrible Catherine. Her character while at times was extremely hard to like, she was almost too hard to not want to like. I mean she was every guy’s fantasy. Sexually liberated (and not afraid to admit it), then all she wanted to do is screw up all her enemies at the same time. Then you have the patronising and ‘stud man’ Sebastian, played by Ryan Philippe. His performance in this film was also first class. I thought his character was a lot more likable then Catherine’s, but you could sometimes want to strangle him for the way he screws with people, just like his stepsister does, and then still seemingly gets more women dying to be with him.
Other cast members just help to make this film an extraordinary viewing experience. Reese Witherspoon is fantastic as the pure and innocent, Annette. She helps to balance the sour bitchy side of the cast, with her friendly almost sickening goody goody side.Selma Blair was also very good in her role as the dumb and very naïve Cecil. The kissing scene that she has with Gellar was one of the highlights of the film, with the kiss being voted the best onscreen kiss a few years ago.Then this film has another great side to it, that of the soundtrack. It has so many great songs on it. Placebos tune `Every me, Every you’ helps start this movie off, then you get songs such as Colorblind by Counting Crows and the classy, Bitter Sweet Symphony, by the Verve. This would have to be one of the world’s most popular soundtracks from where I view it.In conclusion, Cruel Intentions is a film I can say I love. Get swept up in the nasty love triangle, ‘Cruel Intentions’!