Cruel Intentions 2
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|Cruel Intentions 2|
|Directed by||Roger Kumble|
|Produced by||Neal H. Moritz|
|Written by||Roger Kumble|
|Music by||P.J. Hanke|
|Cinematography||James R. Bagdonas|
|Distributed by||Columbia Tristar Home Video|
Cruel Intentions 2 (also known as Cruel Intentions 2: Manchester Prep or simply as Manchester Prep) is the 2001 American comedy-drama film. It was written and directed by Roger Kumble and starring Robin Dunne, Sarah Thompson, Keri Lynn Pratt and Amy Adams. It is a prequel to Cruel Intentions (1999) and was released direct-to-video on March 13, 2001. Both films are based on Les Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos.
Originally planned as a television series called Manchester Prep, a re-imagined prequel series to the first film, it was picked up by Fox, however, it was cancelled prior to broadcast in September 1999. Due to the cancellation, the three completed episodes were edited together into film re-titled Cruel Intentions 2, sexual content scenes involving nudity were added for the DVD release. This film is about how Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil met and how they started their reign of terror.
Troublemaker student Sebastian Valmont (Robin Dunne) is transferring to Manchester Prep following his father's new marriage to a wealthy divorcee. His current principal is insistent on having Sebastian's permanent record relayed to his new school, thereby hampering his chance for a fresh start, but Sebastian already retaliated by pulling a cruel stunt on his wife.
Following his arrival in New York, Sebastian discovers the wealth of his new family and first meets his deceitful and determined step-sister Kathryn Merteuil (Amy Adams). Sebastian quickly proves to be able to better her both at piano and vocabulary. This leads to a confrontation between Kathryn and Sebastian whereby she states that she has a comfortable lifestyle and that he "better not interfere".
Sebastian begins school. While waiting to see his new headmaster, he encounters Danielle Sherman (Sarah Thompson), who is, unbeknownst to him, Headmaster Sherman's daughter. Luckily, Sebastian swapped his permanent record for an excelling one before it was sent to the headmaster's office, and he can now start over with a clean slate. A school assembly follows, showing Kathryn delivering a speech to her classmates, but being persistently interrupted by uncontrollable hiccups coming from a student, who then begins to choke on the gum that she was chewing in a bid to stop her hiccups. She is saved by the quick action of Danielle who performs the Heimlich maneuver, allowing the student to expel the gum, which ends up flying into Kathryn's hair. A meeting of a secret society of student elites presided by Kathryn takes place, deciding upon the fate of the new students. This leads them to Cherie, the student with the hiccups, as well as the discovery that Cherie's family is wealthier than that of Kathryn; this, along with the events of the assembly, causes Kathryn to seek a vendetta against Cherie.
Sebastian, coming from a more humble upbringing, wishes to befriend his house staff. Doing so angers Kathryn, whose day is interrupted by not being able to contact her driver. This, combined with Kathryn's jealousy of Sebastian, causes her to admit that she is unhappy with her life. Sebastian attempts to woo Danielle: first, asking her for coffee at her work; then later, conversing with her over the telephone. Eventually, this evolves into a relationship, but Kathryn, seeing this, uses it as a way to get back at Sebastian. She tries to lure him away from Danielle by tempting him with identical twins, who confide to Sebastian that Danielle is the only virgin at Manchester.
Kathryn's attempt to sabotage Cherie backfires, as Kathryn's mother tells her to become best friends with Cherie, in an attempt to encourage Cherie's mother to donate a large amount of money to the school. In the end, Sebastian stays with Danielle; he professes his love for her, only to find that she does not reciprocate. It turns that Danielle is actually working alongside Kathryn in a secret plan to dupe Sebastian. Defeated by Kathryn's manipulation, Sebastian states "if you can't beat them, join them", thus leading to a threesome with Danielle and Kathryn, followed by an alliance of the three to dominate and manipulate others. In the last scene, Cherie is seen riding her bike, which is run over by Sebastian's car. Sebastian offers to give her a ride, and has sex with her. Kathryn and Danielle are seen, in the front of the car, pleased with the results.
- Robin Dunne as Sebastian Valmont
- Sarah Thompson as Danielle Sherman
- Keri Lynn Pratt as Cherie Claymon
- Amy Adams as Kathryn Merteuil
- Barry Flatman as Headmaster Sherman
- Mimi Rogers as Tiffany Merteuil
- Teresa Hill as Lilly
- Barclay Hope as Mr. Felder
- Tane McClure as Bunny Claymon
- David McIlwraith as Edward Valmont
- Jonathan Potts as Assistant Headmaster Steve Muller
- Caley Wilson as Blaine Tuttle
- Deanna Wright as Penny Cartwright
- Clement von Franckenstein as Henry
- Shuko Akune as Min Lin
- Andrew Kraulis as Court Reynolds
- Jeannette Sousa as Saleswoman
- Annie Sorell as Gretchen
- Alicia Lorén as Sarah
- William Lasselle as Teacher
- Janaya Stephens as Cab Driver
Other songs used in the film include:
- Thin Lizard Dawn - Weed
- Thin Lizard Dawn - "Under the Wing"
- Jessica Theely - "In Good Time"
- The Julie Band - "Bad Day"
- Cupcakes - "Blood Thirsty"
- Treble Charger - "Left Feeling Odd"
- Gearwhore - "Passion"
- Jessica Sheely - "No Regrets"
- Bernie Barlow - "I Wanna Know Where Nowhere Is"
- Thin Lizard Dawn - "Turn Yourself In"
- Michael Greenspan - "I Want You"
- Lorna Vallings - "Taste"
- Shelly O'Neil - "Best Friend"
- Shelly Peiken - "Good to Me"
- Shelly O'Neil - "Make It Happen"
- The Julie Band - "Julie Goes Home Now"
- Jessica Sheely - "Feel Something"
- The Smithereens - "All Revved Up"
- The Smithereens - "The Last Good Time"
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