Cruel Intentions

  • Directors: Roger Kumble
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Choderlos de Laclos, Roger Kumble
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Sean Patrick Thomas, Christine Baranski

Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar), the image of social perfection, takes the sheltered and naive Cecile Caldwell (Selma Blair) under her wing, promising to turn Cecile into a model student like herself. Kathryn’s real intention, however, is to take revenge on Court Reynolds, her ex-lover, who dumped her for the “innocent little twit” Cecile. She intends to corrupt Cecile by getting her to sleep with as many men as possible, thereby destroying her reputation and teaching Court a lesson.

She asks for the help of her womanizing step-brother, Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe). Though Kathryn and Sebastian have collaborated in schemes of manipulation before, he initially refuses. He is busy planning another “conquest”, the beautiful Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon), a girl who has written a manifesto saying that she plans to keep her virginity intact until she is in love. By coincidence, she is temporarily staying at his aunt’s estate. Kathryn does not think Sebastian has a chance with Annette, so they make a wager. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian’s vintage Jaguar, a 1956 XK140 Roadster; if Sebastian wins, she offers him a night of passion with her, as Kathryn knows she is the only girl Sebastian cannot bed.

In the final shot, Annette drives away in Sebastian’s Jaguar, putting his sunglasses on, with his journal by her side.

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