Cruel Intentions 2

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

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Audience Reviews for Cruel Intentions 2

  • Nov 03, 2013
    Derivative and uninspired, Cruel Intentions 2 lacks the cleverness and stylistic vision of the original. This prequel follows Sebastian Valmont as he's corrupted by a life of privilege, and is drawn into the sexual games of his step-sister Kathryn. There's some interesting casting, including Amy Adams, Sarah Thompson, and Robin Dunne, but they don't have very good chemistry together. Additionally, the plot's more or less the same as the first film, though there are some new twists. Cruel Intentions 2 tries to be as sexually provocative as the original film, but comes off as cheap and tawdry.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2010
    This is a prequel to the first Cruel Intentions (Ryan Philippe/Sarah Michelle Gellar/Reese Witherspoon). The actress who played Katherine was pretty good, although not nearly as good as Sarah Michelle Gellar. The Sebastion in this prequel has a more humane MO, while we see what made Kathryn such an uptight b*tch. As in most cases, nothing compares to the original, and this did not match up to the first Cruel Intentions. About the story itself, I will say that there are plenty of deja-vu's from the first movie, even though this one presents some interesting twists that transforms it into a big surprising movie. I have to admit the ending left me in a state of shock. I believe that the scene with Kathryn teaching Keri Lynn Pratt (Cherry) how to ride a horse: "Up! Down! Back! Forth! Faster! Faster!" reveals a lot to those who have eternally wondered why girls love horses so much lol. However this movie had a good message at the ending and the message is "Appearances can be deceiving".
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2008
    naah...not as great as the first one...
    Charlotta L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2008
    Its just not the same when you dont have the same cast... and a lot of the lines were repeated from the first one.
    Nikki M Super Reviewer

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