1hr 33mins

One of the defining camp cult classics of the 90s, and a gloriously tongue-in-cheek, piercingly provocative reimagining of Dangerous Liaisons, Cruel Intentions follows the deviously manipulative romantic schemes of high school narcissists Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) and Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar).

This film screens as part of our Killer Queens season, which explores transgressive thrillers, camp classics and noir-inflected queer gems.

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Roger Kumble
Strong language, moderate sex scenes and drug use
English, Vietnamese, French

Scheming high school rich kid Sebastian Valmont (90s heartthrob Ryan Phillipe) is used to getting everything he wants in life and love – except the unattainable subject of his desire: his ruthless, more-than-a-match step-sister Kathryn Merteuil (Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar). Agreeing on a dastardly bet to test their charms, the two embark on devious romantic conquests: whilst Sebastian tries to win the favour of Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon), daughter of the school’s headmaster, Kathryn looks to take revenge on her ex-boyfriend Court Reynolds by getting close to his new girlfriend – the kindly Cecile Caldwell (Selma Blair).

Cruel Intentions is the very definition of a camp classic; a so-90s-it-hurts teen romantic thriller with a killer soundtrack (featuring Placebo, The Verve and Fatboy Slim among others) and a deliciously devilish OTT performance by Killer Queen Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Now a hit jukebox musical on the West End, this 1999 redux of Dangerous Liaisons has been embraced by the queer community and beyond as a nostalgic cult favourite.

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