On March 5, 1999 “Cruel Intentions” was released. The film, a modern adaption of the French novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film focused on a group of wealthy teenagers attending a Catholic prep school in New York City as they manipulated each other for their own personal gain.
At the time the movie was a big hit due to the fact it featured an attractive cast of “hot” actors who were dominating televisions and films. Sarah Michelle Gellar was already well known for her lead role in the television show “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” as well as her roles in the hit horror films “Scream 2” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” In “Cruel Intentions” Gellar reunited with her “I Know What You Did Last Summer” co-star, Phillippe, who met his now ex-wife and mother of his children, Reese Witherspoon, on set. Witherspoon herself would later star in the cult hit, “Election,” released later in the year in 1999.
While the film received mixed reviews, the film was well received by fans, earning over $75 million worldwide against a budget of around $10 million. The film has achieved a cult following, more in part to the infamous same-sex kiss between Gellar and Blair, Phillippe’s nudity, as well as the scene where it’s revealed Gellar’s character carries coke in a cross wrapped around her wrist.
The infamous same-sex kiss between Gellar and Blair:
The pool scene between Phillippe and Withersoon, in which Philippe bared his backside:
The film won Best Kiss at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards (Blair and Gellar accepted the award), and Gellar herself won “Best Female Performance” that same year at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards, while the film itself won “Best Film – Drama” at the Teen Choice Awards.
Sarah Michelle Gellar winning “Best Female Performance” at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards: