Cruel Intentions 2

"Weak"

Cruel Intentions 2 Review


So here's the story. Cruel Intentions was a moderate success in the theaters back in 1999, so they figured they'd turn it into a TV show. Intended as a prequel to the film, it would be called Manchester Prep, tracing the early strife between Kathryn and Sebastian. Manchester Prep turned out to be so bad they cancelled it before a single episode ever aired.

So what do you do with all that footage? Release it as a movie!

It's easy to see why they cancelled the show. Cruel Intentions 2 is not good. I thought the original was a snarky, guilty pleasure, but the second coming is barely even fit for UPN. Supplementing a pilot episode with some extra profanity, more sexual innuendo, and a pair of nude twins in a shower, you quickly learn that replacement stars Amy Adams, Robin Dunne, and Sarah Thompson are not equal to Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon from the original. Though the plot is virtually identical to Cruel Intentions (notable exception: Sebastian (Dunne) is legitimately trying to straighten up from his naughty ways), there's not much here to make you think Manchester Prep had been intended as a drama instead of a comedy.

Painfully miscast is Amy Adams (the slut cheerleader from Drop Dead Gorgeous), who has none of the grace and style of Gellar in the role of Kathryn. She's laughable whenever she's on screen, and as the leading role, that's most of the time. Dunne and Thompson (as the goody-goody girl he's after this time) are just fine, but they hardly make up the difference. And oddly enough, Roger Kumble wrote and directed this follow-up as well as the original. It's amazing he couldn't have come up with something a little more compelling.

Aka Cruel Intentions II.



Cruel Intentions 2

Facts and Figures

Run time: 87 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 13th March 2001

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Newmarket Capital Group, Original Film, Columbia TriStar Television

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 18%
Fresh: 2 Rotten: 9

IMDB: 4.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Sebastian Valmont, as Danielle Sherman, as Kathryn Merteuil, as Headmaster Sherman, as Tiffany Merteuil, Barclay Hope as Mr. Felder, Tane McClure as Bunny Claymon, as Lilly, as Cherie Claymon, David McIlwraith as Edward Valmont, as Assistant Headmaster Steve Muller

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Hampstead Movie Review

Hampstead Movie Review

Deliberately appealing to older audiences, this undemanding comedy-drama comes with a hint of social relevance...

The Book of Henry Movie Review

The Book of Henry Movie Review

Apparently, this offbeat script had been making the rounds in Hollywood for some 20 years...

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

With this fifth Transformers movie, it seems clear that Michael Bay is still trying to...

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to...

The Mummy Movie Review

The Mummy Movie Review

To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky...

Advertisement
My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

Daphne du Maurier's 1951 mystery-romance novel has been adapted for theatre, radio, TV and film,...

Wilson Movie Review

Wilson Movie Review

It's never helpful when a comedy becomes a bit too smug about its own quirkiness....

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

A fictionalised story from the life of Wolfgang Mozart, this lavishly produced period drama is...

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

This British satirical comedy may be a bit of a mess, but since it's based...

Detour Movie Review

Detour Movie Review

This may look like a rather typical American indie thriller, but British filmmaker Christopher Smith...

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Boldly optimistic, this action-packed adventure breathes fresh life into the DC universe with a welcome...

Baywatch Movie Review

Baywatch Movie Review

Clearly, it's a risky proposition adapting a cheesy vintage TV series for the big screen:...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.