YMMV: Cruel Intentions

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The soundtrack includes some of the best musicians of The Nineties: Placebo, Aimee Mann, Skunk Anansie, blur, and The Verve
  • Cry for the Devil: Annette knows that Kathryn is ultimately responsible for Sebastian's death through what she read in Sebastian's journal. Many photocopies of it are then made and Anette gets Cecile to distribute it to the other students at school. Kathryn is delivering a eulogy for Sebastian in the chapel when someone enters the church and quietly lets the higher-ups know what is going on. Everyone begins to exit the chapel, prompting an outraged rant from the normally composed Kathryn. She storms out, demanding an explanation....and soon comes to realize that everyone now knows the whole truth about her. As she stands in shock, the school's headmaster comes up behind her and detaches the crucifix from her necklace....causing a trail of cocaine to spill out. This prompts tears of shame from Kathryn to end the movie on a Downer Ending.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Sebastian and Kathryn for quite a good number of viewers. Though some will cheer them on even knowing what evil bastards they are.
    • Cruel Intentions 2 actually treats Sebastian this way in-film, with Kathryn being blamed as the reason he became evil to begin with.
  • Evil Is Cool and Sexy: Kathryn and Sebastian
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Fans of Buffy might be a bit disturbed at seeing the actress play a mega bitch, until we get to the final two seasons.
    • Kathryn laments that she has to act like "Mary Sunshine" all the time. 3 years later, a supporting actress in this film, Christine Baranski, would play that part in Chicago.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sebastian becomes this at about the 2/3 point in the movie when he realizes that he does love Annette, and Kathryn may also qualify at the very end of the film.
  • Les Yay: Kathryn and Cecile, in a creepy, manipulative way on Kathryn's part. There was also Kathryn and Annette in the original ending, in a creepy, manipulative way on Annette's part.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Sebastian and Kathryn try for this, but things fall apart for them both.
  • Narm: The characters all acting exactly like their situation is as important as in the original Dangerous Liasons, despite being mostly meaningless high school flings.
  • Old Shame: Amy Adams can't feel good about having Cruel Intentions 2 on her resume.
  • Playing Against Type: Buffy Summers plays Kathryn.
  • Sequelitis: Both sequels, with the third one being In Name Only sequel. Cruel Intentions 2 though has a dubious distinction of originally being a failed pilot (killed by religious groups, when they found out that the pilot, called "Manchester Prep", featured a scene where a Cecile expy learns about how to orgasm while riding a horse) / stealth reboot set shortly after Sebastian and Kathyrn's parents married and the two becoming allies and featured stand-in characters for Cecile and Annette. When the pilot was ultimately rejected, the film was given a new downer ending (the Annette stand-in turns out to be an evil bitch friend of Kathyrn, designed to break Sebastian and drive him to the dark side) and gratuitous nudity scenes inserted into the film as it was released direct to DVD.
  • Tear Jerker: Sebastian's Redemption Equals Death, especially since he dies in Annette's arms.
    • Also, Kathryn's defeat, though deserved, is still sad due to her reaction. Even one of the people in the filmmakers' DVD commentary calls the scene "so heart-wrenching."