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Cruel Intentions

Columbia Pictures
$28.95 Suggested Retail Price

Columbia Pictures Home Video recently released the Blu-Ray edition of the 1999 sex farce "Cruel Intentions" starring Sarah Michelle Geller, Reese Witherspoon, and Ryan Phillippe. It's a remake of the classic novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", which was also the basis for 1988's hit "Dangerous Liasons" which starred Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Keanu Reeves, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Set in modern-day New York, this black comedy revolves around a pair of wealthy siblings, Kathryn (Geller) and Sebastian (Phillipe) revel in ruining people's lives and reputations, and leave a trail of broken hearts. The story focuses on a young girl from Oklahoma named Annette (Reese Witherspoon), writes a magazine article titled "Why I Choose To Wait", extolling the virtues of chastity. Naturally, Sebastian and Kathryn can't resist this challenge, and they strike a wager over whether or not Sebastian can successfully deflower this naive girl. Sadly, the story plays out all too predictably when Sebastian falls for Annette. Worse, we never get to see the relationship between Sebastian and Annette develop. One moment she thinks he's a shallow cad and then suddenly she's head over heels for him. Director Roger Kumble also robs us of key moments between Kathryn and Sebastian that would have made the ending much more satisfying if he had left them in the movie instead of just providing the clips on the DVD. Given the star-studded cast of talented actors, this movie was a cruel disappointment.

Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our July, 2008 issue.

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