Cruel Intentions

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

The manipulative teenager Kathryn Merteuil-Valmont (Sarah Michelle Gellar) teams up with her stepbrother, Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillipe), to get back at Kathryns ex- boyfriend. Kathryn has been dumped for Cecile (Selma Blair) and their plan is for Sebastian to have sex with Cecile, labeling her a tramp, and therefore not as great a prize for Kathryns ex-boyfriend. In the meantime, Sebastian is looking for a real challenge, so he bets Kathryn that he can have sex with Annette (Reese Witherspoon), who is a virgin. If Sebastian wins the bet, he wins the opportunity to have sex with his stepsister, Kathryn. But, as Sebastian chases after Annette, he begins to realize that he may have real feelings for her. Several scenes seem contrived and the storyline gets muddled in several places throughout the film. But, because of the advertising and the big teen stars, the film will probably attract a large number of teenagers and young adults.

CRUEL INTENTIONS gives people the wrong ideas throughout. The characters laugh and mock at people who obey or love their parents. The wager between siblings implies incest to be morally acceptable. And characters make light of anyone who claims to be a virgin referring to them as homosexuals. On that note, there is some extreme homosexual activity, all of which takes place between teenagers. In one scene, two teenage guys can be heard in the next room having sex. Both Kathryn and Sebastian have very dirty mouths, and in several scenes they exchange graphic sexual dialogue. Graphic sexual dialogue, incestuous implications, blatant homosexual conduct, and the portrayal of bad attitudes from several bad teenagers destroy this teen film.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Miramax Films

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (12) times - Mild 4, Moderate 8

Obscene Language: Many (47) times (f word 17, s word 12, other 18)

Profanity: Many (12) times - Regular 11 (G 3, J 3, C 2, JC 2 My G 1); Exclamatory 1 (Oh my God)

Violence: Few times Moderate (man slapped, men fighting, man hit by car)

Sex: Few times (with side breast nudity, motions and sounds); Implied: (between unmarried couples laying in bed)

Nudity: Few times (side female breast nudity during sex, obscured breast nudity in picture); Near Nudity: Few times (women in bras, low cut tops, opens shirt but no nudity, short skirts and bathing suits)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (unconventional sex implied, girl called slut, man grabs womans breast, sexual invitations, intense kissing and touching, man strokes objects suggestively, woman suggestively sits in mans lap, references to all kinds of sex, woman describes an orgasm, reference to homosexual sex)

Drugs: Several times (alcohol, smoking, drugs)

Other: Incest portrayed as acceptable; teens drinking, smoking, and doing drugs; being a virgin is mocked repeatedly; loving and obeying parents is mocked; homosexuality is considered a normal and acceptable way of life

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens & adults

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