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The Cruel Intentions Women, 16 Years Later

Like a fine wine, Cruel Intentions gets better with age. So, apparently, do the beautiful ladies who made life living hell for the insufferably handsome and self-confident Ryan Phillippe back in 1999. While there was no sign of Sebastian Valmont in this reunion pic, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar made the most of their recent gathering, sharing it on social media.

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The three ladies reunited at Rockwell: Table & Stage in Los Angeles to attend a performance of "The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Cruel Intentions." And though it’s unauthorized, it clearly has the blessing of three very important cast members. Reese Witherspoon shared more images of their reaction to the show as it continued:

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And the Web site TooFab had video of Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair singing along to 90s staples that were part of the film’s iconic soundtrack so many years ago. You can get a sense of the ongoing production via the clip below:

Directed by Roger Kumble, Cruel Intentions was a cheeky, soap-opera-inspired adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons, only aimed at the MTV generation of the time. The ladies gathered in celebration of Kumble’s birthday, and where better to celebrate than at this Cruel Intentions performance?

While it didn’t change the way that studios made movies, it certainly helped launch – and further -- the careers of the beautiful young talents involved. Though Gellar got her start on soap operas, people forgot just how incredibly wicked she could be in a role like that of the manipulative Kathryn Merteuil. Reese Witherspoon, at the time, was playing into her type. Only recently has she really begun to risk and stretch, catching Oscar’s eye in movies like Walk the Line or, of course, Wild. Cruel Intentions since has adopted a sweet sort of cult-classic tone about it, but the deliciously fun 1999 drama is perfectly bitchy and witchy in the best ways possible. The story deserves its own musical, and I’m thrilled the ladies of Cruel Intentions enjoyed the adaptation as much as they did.

Sean O'Connell

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