Cruel Intentions Reviews
Reese Witherspoon plays the part of Annette, an abstinent teenager determined to remain a virgin until marriage. She has received fair warning about Sebastian however falls for him anyway. This seems very rushed and out of character for someone so devout.
Sebastian falls in love with Annette, it seems as if this is supposed to evoke some sympathy for Sebastian with the audience however as he was such a horrible person only 2 minutes beforehand it seems like a very fake personality change. He would have been a far more realistic character if this change had been gradual.
Kathryn is a stone cold b**** throughout the length of this movie, her only goal in life to ruin her ex's new girlfriend. She is the puppet master here, constantly egging Sebastian on. She has some interesting lines, not to mention some interesting religious symbolism. I think Sarah Michelle Gellar really carried this movie, she took some supremely cheesy dialogue and was able to give it a more sombre tone.
The final ten minutes are predictable but still captivating to watch, this is where the actors seem to shine most.
Overall I would recommend this movie for an interesting twist on a teen romance but it certainly isn't a masterpiece and is a bit disappointing because so much more could have been done with the idea.