Cruel Intentions is nothing short of a cult, and controversial, classic, so we're not exactly surprised to learn that its cast aren't convinced it would be successful beyond the '90s. As the sordid teen drama celebrates its 20th! Reflecting on one of the many somewhat sexually-deviant plot twists, Sarah Michelle Gellar admitted that one scene featuring Ryan Phillippe's Sebastian Valmont and Selma Blair's Cecile Caldwell would "never" be made today.
Welcome back to Manchester Prep. Here, in an EW exclusive, the filmmakers and cast members revisit the original tale of gossip girls and pretty little liars. So he took the soulless aristocrats of the 18th-century French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses and reimagined them as depraved upper-class Manhattan teens.
But one of Cruel Intentions ' most memorable scenes would probably have ended up on the cutting room floor if it was made today. Reflecting on the movie's legacy 20 years after its release in Entertainment WeeklyPhilippe said he had mixed feelings about the sex scene between his character Sebastian and Cecile, played by Blair. In Cruel Intentionswomanising teen Sebastian sleeps with the younger, inexperienced Cecile after blackmailing her — something that wouldn't sit right with a post MeToo audience.
Everybody can pinpoint a film or TV show that led to their sexual awakening. Real-boy Casper in the film. Jet on Gladiators.
I recently re-watched Cruel IntentionsRoger Kumble's deliciously mordant, camp retelling of Dangerous Liasons — which was just re-released in theaters in honor of its 20th anniversary. The movie transported me straight back to the age I was when I first watching it: I was just beginning to learn about the relationship between sex and power, and trying to orient myself with respect to both. A refresher on the film: A recasting of the 18th century epistolary novel by Choderlos de Laclos set in the world of elite '90s Manhattan private schools, it stars Ryan Phillippe as the erudite player Sebastian aka, Vicomte de Valmont.
The film is an adaptation of the novel Les Liaisons dangereuseswritten by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos inbut set among wealthy teenagers attending high school in New York City instead of 18th-century France. The film started as a smaller budget independent filmbut was picked up by Columbia Pictures and released on March 5, Despite mixed critical reviews, the performances of Gellar, Philippe, and Witherspoon were praised.
There are a lot of memorable moments in Cruel Intentionswhich 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.