There are a lot of memorable moments in Cruel Intentions, which came out 20 years ago today, in But I will always remember it for being the first time I saw two girls kissing. When Kathryn turns Cecile to face her and gives her a quick peck, Cecile is surprised to find how easy and pleasant it is. Watching the scene in my living room when I was 12 or 13, cross-legged on the floor and one foot away from my television, made me suddenly terrified that my mom would walk in on me at any moment and discover the pervy lesbo I secretly was.
'Cruel Intentions': Back to Their Old Tricks, but a Whole Lot Younger
It is the second, following Roger Vadim's European jet-set version with Jeanne Moreau and Gerard Philipe as a promiscuous married couple to update it. Although the Vadim adaptation in had its ridiculous moments, it at least had a couple of world-class sex symbols pulling the strings. Making a teen-age soap opera out of a novel about jaded sybarites corrupting younger people and comparing notes robs the story of moral resonance. Ruining reputations, in any case, isn't what it used to be, at least not in lateth-century Manhattan. And because "Cruel Intentions" is set in the age of the cell phone and e-mail, you're continually aware of the contortions the screenplay goes through to justify its characters' besieging one another with handwritten notes.
The original story takes place in 18th century France and revolves around two romantic rivals who revel in manipulating others using sex, secrets and anything else at their disposal. Their motivations vary from revenge to sheer entertainment. Written and directed by Richard Kumble, Cruel Intentions is a modern take on the original story. The film takes place among the upper echelon of New York society, and the story's two antagonists, Kathryn Merteuil Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sebastian Valmont Ryan Phillippe are students at an exclusive private prep school. Here's a list of the 10 most shocking scenes in Cruel Intentions, ranked.
Caldwell and her daughter, Cecile. Kathryn promises Mrs. Caldwell that she will look out for the naive Cecile. When Kathryn's stepbrother Sebastian Valmont enters the room, Mrs.