Cruel Intentions

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Cruel Intentions ★★½ 1998 (R)

Fourth film adaptation of Choderlos de Loclos's 1782 novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” takes the tale of seduction and intrigue from the 18th century French court to a modern Manhattan prep school. Think “I Know Who You Did Last Summer.” Gellar plays teen vamp Kathryn, who bets her stepbrother Sebastian (Phillipe) a night of passion against his car that he can't deflower the virginal Annette (Witherspoon). The overall effect is like the characters' lives: full of guilty pleasures. 95m/C VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMD . Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson, Eric Mabius, Louise Fletcher, Swoosie Kurtz, Christine Baranski, Sean Patrick Thomas; D: Roger Kumble; W: Roger Kumble; C: Theo van de Sande; M: Ed Shearmur. MTV Movie Awards '00: Female Perf. (Gellar), Kiss (Sarah Michelle Gellar/Selma Blair).