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A to Z Challenge and Giveaway: I is for Cruel Intentions


This month is all about discovering new blogs, meeting new friends, and spreading the word about the launch of my young adult novel, MY SOON-TO-BE SEX LIFE, (Bloomsbury Spark, June 2014) by participating in this mega, 26 posts blog challenge.

Since Charlie, the main character in my novel, is an aspiring screenwriter who has plotted her own devirginization campaign - one that doesn't go as scripted - I thought an appropriate theme for this month would be: an alphabetical romp through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright scary representations of virginity in film. Warning - be prepared for adult content / strong language if you follow my posts this month.

Join me over the next 26 days for some swoonworthy and/or cringeworthy cherry popper moments on the big screen. Check out the multitude of amazing A to Z bloggers via the challenge main page, HEREAnd don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

I is for Cruel Intentions (1999)

Another movie based on a book, this flick gets its intense plot from the 1782 offering of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos, which was also previously adapted for film in, Dangerous Liaisons ( 1988). I'm a huge Buffy fan. I remember going to see this film just for Sarah Michelle Gellar and then being creeped out by how well she played the maniacal Kathryn.

The premise: "Kathryn makes a bet that her step-brother, Sebastian, won't be able to bed Annette (a virgin, who wants to wait until love). If he loses, Kathryn gets his Jaguar, if he wins, he gets Kathryn."

Line of Note: "Be her Captain Picard, Valmont. Boldly go where no man has gone before."

Famous scene: the girl-on-girl kiss as the worldly Kathryn teaches an innocent Cecile to French kiss - someone tasted Cherry Chapstick and liked it. 

Here's a snippet form Roger Ebert's review, "Teenagers once went to the movies to see adults making love. Now adults go to the movies to see teenagers making love. "Cruel Intentions'' is a modern-day version of "Dangerous Liaisons,'' with rich kids in a prep school playing roles that were written for jaded French aristocrats in the wicked 1782 novel by Choderlos De Laclos. He created a world of depraved amorality, in which the only goal was to indulge one's selfishness.

It's refreshing, after the sponge-brained teenage romances of recent months, to see the movie reflecting that cynicism--up to a point. It crash-lands with an ending of soppy moralizing, but until the end, it's smart and merciless in the tradition of the original story."

2 comments:

  1. hi, also a Buffy fan - must say, I have not seen this movie, only heard of it. It has an interesting story line for sure, might have to see if Netflix carries it - hugs

  1. Judith Tewes said...:

    Hey Claudia - thanks for commenting. This ain't Buffy, but it is fun to watch.

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