Teenage Wasteland

Roger Kumble's Cruel Intentions, a contemporary teen version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, is set in the upscale environs of New York's Upper East Side, but production designer Jon Gary Steele tips his hat to the source material. Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe), wealthy step-siblings and co-connivers who work their ruthless sexual wiles on private-school classmates, live in an opulent Fifth Avenue townhouse with Louis XIV trappings.

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