Cruel Intentions 2 (2000)

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In this direct-to-video prequel to the 1999 feature Cruel Intentions, Kathryn Merte (Amy Adams) is the manipulative, cold-hearted daughter of social climber Tiffany Merte-Valmont (Mimi Rogers). Tiffany has just married again, and Kathryn is not getting along well with her new stepbrother Sebastian (Robin Dunne), who is just as skilled in the venomous art of social gamesmanship as Kathryn. Together they negotiate the tricky paths of sexual and personal power at their upscale private high school, Manchester Prep. Cruel Intentions II began life as Manchester Prep, a TV series for the Fox network that was spun off from the hit film by director and screenwriter Roger Kumble. However, the show's portrayal of sexually voracious teens sparked a controversy in the press, and Fox opted to cancel the series before the two episodes that had been completed ever aired. The footage from the completed shows was combined with new material created by Kumble to make this feature.
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R (language, sex)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Amy Adams
as Kathryn
Sean Patrick Thomas
as Todd Michaels
Mimi Rogers
as Tiffany
Keri Lynn Pratt
as Cecile Caldwell
Robin Dunne
as Sebastian Valmont
Annie Sorell
as Gretchen
Teresa Hill
as Lilly
Barclay Hope
as Mr. Felder
Shûko Akune
as Minlin
Barry Flatman
as Headmaster Hargrove
Sarah Thompson
as Annette Hargrove
David McIlwraith
as Edward Valmont
Ian D. Clark
as Mr. Freeman
Jillian Hart
as Mrs. Freeman
Christopher Davidson
as Gordon Anderson
Deanna Wright
as Penny Cartwright
Caley Wilson
as Blaine
Hans Schroeber
as Gunther
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Critic Reviews for Cruel Intentions 2

All Critics (11)

Not the original, but still a sexy, ridiculously enjoyable movie

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

Just Can't Compare with Cruel Intentions

August 21, 2002
DVDTalk.com

Just when it starts to win viewers over as an endearing and romantic film, the twist ending destroys this effect.

June 19, 2001
Apollo Guide

if he intended to produce a straightforward two-hour original prequel, the writer-director would have made certain that the script was less meandering.

Full Review… | April 2, 2001
Baseline.Hollywood.com

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May 8, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Cruel Intentions 2

Nostalgia for the original inspired me to dig out the two sequels, even though I can remember seeing this 10 years ago and really not being impressed. Now I remember why. This takes place before the original when Sebastian has only just gone to live with Katherine and family. To be fair, Amy Adams does a decent job of channelling Sarah Michelle Gellar's bitchy Katherine, despite her physical differences, she even has the tone of voice down right. What falls flat here was that SMG's Katherine is secretly evil, and this one is more open about being a bitch. It doesn't work - the whole point of the first one was that Katherine lost what was most important to her - her reputation. I don't think anyone at all would be shocked to find Amy Adam's Katherine is a bitch on wheels. The plot, what there is of it, is pretty much a direct steal from the first, only with twists put in it just for shock value. Instead of principals daughter, Annette (Reese Witherspoon), we have principal's daughter Danielle (Sarah Thompson). This pretty much tacks up the genuine emotions in the original films and turns it into faux lesbian crap. There are no life lessons here. Heaven help me, I still have the 3rd one to get through...

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

Watched this to see if Amy Adams could do anything but bubble nice girl. Turns out she can be bubbly nice but scowly. This had one of the oddest turn arounds in movie history with the exception of maybe Perfume. The whole movie builds up a really weak and pointless plot, but in the last 20 minutes in suddenly decides to trash it all and try to make it sexy without making it worth while watching sexy. In the end all that it works for is destroyed and you are left there feeling the need to poop.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

This comedy-drama captures the sexual chemistry and treachery that made Dangerous Liaisons so much fun and hotter with beautiful and sexy girls.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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