Cruel Intentions 0.0 stars

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Dangerous Liaisons retailored to the bodies and needs of modern American teens: it's still weighted with quaint notions of purity and reputation, but played mainly for catty laughs. (Don't misunderstand. It's not about teenagers who consciously act out a video they've seen, much less an 18th-century novel they've read. They just coincidentally replicate the plot of the novel and happen to share the surnames of its characters.) Sarah Michelle Gellar, having progressed from daytime soap star to prime-time Vampire Slayer to big-screen scream queen, is developing some crampingly campy habits. And Ryan Phillippe is little but a lower lip. Reese Witherspoon, as the virginal bird of prey, has some human qualities, but they are of no use to her here. With Selma Blair and Christine Baranski; written and directed by Roger Kumble.

Duncan Shepherd

Length: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Rated: R

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