Bittersweet Symphony

Cruel Intentions is a modern retelling of Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons to those who don’t know french). I don’t know much about the original story, but I know it has something to do with seduction. Cruel Intentions takes the setting from France to New York. As well as replacing high class adults with wealthy high school students. Cruel Intentions came out in the 90’s and while it does date itself with story, it is filled with actors who were really popular at the time. Seduction is the key word in this movie. Snobbish step-siblings Kathryn and Sebastian have nothing better to do than mess with people’s lives for their own amusement. They make a wager to see if Sebastian can seduce a studious virgin. If he fails, he has to give up his vintage car, and if he succeeds, Kathryn will sleep with him. It’s all very messed up. While Cruel Intentions isn’t a masterpiece, it does benefit from sexy performances by its young leads. The kiss between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair is one of the most iconic lesbian kisses in film. I think my only complaint would be the ending. It’s too abrupt and comes out of nowhere. SPOILER ALERT! Somebody dies, but at least the song “Bittersweet Symphony” makes up for it. So if Cruel Intentions sounds like your kind of teen movie, give it watch.


Kathryn (right) teaches Cecile (left) how to kiss

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