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Cocaine crucifixes, 27-year-old teens, and the decadence of the elite—it’s time to discuss 1999’s absolutely buckwild Cruel Intentions! Join us as we examine the cultural context of the late 90s, the intentions of the author (who is occasionally dead), and why a movie about horrible people being awful to one another is still so much fun.
Warning: This episode has trigger warnings for, oh, everything. Sexual assault, emotional manipulation, drug abuse, death, et cetera. There’s also a generous amount of cussing and discussion of sex. It’s raunchy.
Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
What Sex Was Like In The ’90s by Kristine Fellizar
The “Mechanical Truth” behind Cruel Intentions: Desire, AIDS, and the MTV Movie Awards’ “Best Kiss” by C. Benson Alott
How the Coke Cross from ‘Cruel Intentions’ Became an Iconic Symbol of ’90s Teen Rebellion by Esther Zuckerman
Cruel intentions: Adaptations, teenage movie or remake? by Brigine E Humbert
T(e)en Things I Hate about Girlene Shakesploitation Flicks in the Late 1990s, or, Not-So-Fast Times at Shakespeare High by Richard Burt
“Potential Lesbians at Two O’Clock”: The Heterosexualization of Lesbianism in the Recent Teen Film by Tricia Jenkins
When Pop Culture Meets High Literature. The case of Cruel Intentions and the epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Betty Kaklamanidou