Cruel Intentions: 10 Most Shocking Scenes, Ranked

Cruel Intentions (1999) is the third film adaptation of the French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. 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.

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When it comes to teen films in the '90s, Cruel Intentions steps away from the sophomoric humor of other movies in the genre like Can't Hardly Wait, American Pie, She's All That and
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