‘Cruel Intentions’ is still an iconic teen movie

Say what you want, but the 1990s and early 2000s had the best teen movies. Today, I thought I was appropriate to talk about one of the most iconic teen movies. It’s so iconic that I already thought I reviewed it. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t yet. Don’t worry, we’ll fix that now. It’s time to review “Cruel Intentions.”

Released in 1999, “Cruel Intentions” stars Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. It was directed by Roger Kumble. He directed the 2008 Disney Movie “College Road Trip.” He’s proof that not everything you do in life can be a hit. The movie is based on a 1782 french novel called “Les Liaisons dangereuses,” or Dangerous Liasons. There’s also another movie based off the novel but that’s something less iconic. 

“Cruel Intentions” follows the step-sibling duo of Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil as they manipulate and use people in their high society life during summer vacation. The two scheme up a plan: If Sebastian can sleep with the new headmaster’s virgin daughter, Annette, Kathryn will sleep with him. If he fails to sleep with her, then she will get Sebastian car. The movie follows the two and the chaos that they create in order to get their plan to succeed.  

Iconic cast

This movie wasn’t well like on the review circuit when it was first released. While it was a commercial success, the film has gone on to be a cult classic. Just by watching the film, you can tell why because it is perfectly done.

Between the script, the iconic lines, the music, and the acting, “Cruel Intentions” is everything that was right with the 1990s. The cast was all big name, or soon to be big names. It was an all-star cast. I’m going to assume that the reviewers back then respect a film of this caliber. Ryan Phillippe is literally everything in this movie. 

It’s also many different ways of messed up. It’s mainly in the relationship between Sebastian and Kathryn. There’s an incestuous tone to it, as you probably could have seen from my summary of it. Weirdly enough, it fits the movie. It’s also messed up how they use everyone. But without it, we wouldn’t have the iconic kiss between Sarah and Selma. It’s still iconic to this day

Most of the movie even aged well. There’s some language that you wouldn’t really hear in this day and age. Mainly because it’s offensive. The themes are your typically teen drama themes but the dark undertones of them make it so much more interesting. Even for a 90s teen movie, it was dark. It’s actually rated R. It uses it to its full advantages and I don’t think they could pull it off any other way. 

Verdict

Overall, “Cruel Intentions” is one of my favorite movies of all times. It’s a movie that everyone needs to experience. It’s a cult classic and honestly, it’s underrated. It doesn’t get the credit it deserves. I recommend it to anyone that like teen dramas. It’s the right kind of dark and twisty. “Cruel Intentions” is just an iconic movie that we need to appreciate more.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Bend and Snap with this review of ‘Legally Blonde’

If you object to this review, you will be found guilty

There’s no denying that Reese Witherspoon is America’s sweetheart. With the thought of “Legally Blonde 3” in everyone mind, I thought it was time to review the most underrated movie of the early 2000s. That’s right, we are going to Havard Law School to reminisce about “Legally Blonde.”

Released in 2001, “Legally Blonde” stars Reese Witherspoon in the most iconic law student in the history of the world. The movie follows Elle Woods as she leaves behind her lavish California life to attend Harvard Law School to win back her snobby but hot boyfriend after he dumps her to find a “more serious” girl. Once she goes to Harvard, she begins her journey as she tries to win back the love of her life and 

This movie was extremely ahead of its time. While on the surface, it comes across very shallow and superficial, it’s actually a movie with a very powerful message. The movie features Elle Woods overcoming everyone doubting her based on how she looks, dresses, and acts. They underestimate her and what she can do. Elle Woods is an empowering female character in an era where there wasn’t really any. Then she tries to change herself to fit into what the people of Harvard think she should be. Elle quickly realizes that she just needs to be herself if she is going to succeed.

“Legally Blonde” is a very well done movie that still holds up today. It has aged well unlike some of the movies that came out during this time. It’s easily going to be a timeless classic. If you haven’t seen this movie, then you need to watch it. Just skip “Legally Blonde 2,” it’s not very good besides Reese Witherspoon’s performance. Don’t even bother with “Legally Blondes.” Like “Mean Girls 2,” we just won’t discuss it. Hopefully, “Legally Blonde 3” isn’t like the movies in-between.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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