About 15 years, there was a trend among Hollywood to reboot classics into stories that were palatable for the then teenage demographic.
One of these movies is Cruel Intentions.
Adapted from the novel The Dangerous Liasions, the story is transplanted from 18th century France to modern day New York City. Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar, taking a break in character and hair color from Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillipe) are step-siblings. Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon) is new to the city, her father is the new headmaster of the private school where Kathryn and Sebastian attend. She makes a public announcement to retain her virginity until she falls in love.
Kathryn and Sebastian make a bet. If Sebastian can sleep with Annette, he will get also sleep with his step-sister. If he cannot sleep with her, Kathryn will win Sebastian’s Jaguar.
This movie is well done. The plot keeps to the book and keeps the audience entertained. As an actress, Gellar shows that her range as an actress goes well beyond Buffy Summers. The fact that Phillipe and Witherspoon were married at the time throws an interesting light on their character’s relationship.
I recommend this movie.