Long Island Iced Tea: Please! It has been 20 years since its debut in 1999. Cruel Intentions still has fans talking about its scandalous story line — and dreamy lead Sebastian Valmont.
This 90s cult movie is a teen adaptation of the French film. Dangerous Liaisons, Sebastian’s (Ryan PhillippeKathryn Merteuil, Kathryn’s sultry stepdaughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar) challenges him to “deflower” the new school headmaster’s daughter Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon).
What Sebastian doesn’t expect is to fall in love with Annette and find himself broken after she learns the truth about the bet. Annette wins the game, beating Kathryn at her own games before riding off into sunset. Sadly, Sebastian isn’t by her side — he sacrifices himself to save Annette — but she feels his presence while driving his beloved convertible as The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” plays in the background.
“It makes me smile almost every time. No matter where I am,” Phillippe exclusively Tell Us WeeklySeptember 2021 of the iconic last scene playlist. “And there’s been a couple of times in my life where I’ve been, like, at a gas station or whatever. And I’ll suddenly hear the song from across the way. And then there’ll be a group of people waving to me. Like, they put the song on a purpose because they saw me there.”
The Big Sky actor, who got engaged to Witherspoon while filming the drama, added: “But to have to be associated with a song, there could be way worse songs to be associated with. You know, it’s a really great song still. And so, when those strings start up, it does, and it still makes my happy. So it makes me smile.” (Phillippe and Witherspoon tied the knot in 1999 but called it quits seven years later.)
In addition to Sebastian and Annette’s twisted love story, Cruel IntentionsHighlighted the secret lives of Upper East prep school students including their sex lives and mischievous extracurricular activities.
One of the most memorable scenes was when Kathryn teaches CecileCaldwell.Selma BlairCecile uses her to ploy her game. Cecile also needs to know how to win over her music teacher (Sean Patrick Thomas).
“Selma’s a great kisser,” Gellar exclusively told UseIn February 2021. “I mean, I’ll tell you, it’s just soft [lips]. She smells great.”
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star confessed: “Kissing a girl on camera is way better because when you kiss a guy, all your makeup rubs off and then in between you have to get these touch-ups. But [when] it’s a girl it’s, like, you’re good to go.”
Looking back, the I know what you did last summerThe actress said Use she knew the film would be “iconic” but she didn’t know how successful it would become.
“Obviously, we knew people would be excited by it, but I read that script and I was so desperate to be a part of it,” Gellar added. “And I’ve loved it forever. I’ve seen every iteration, every Broadway version.”
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