Cruel Intentions, is a film about a young man, Sebastian, and his stepsister, Kathryn, who together do everything in their power, sexual or not, to better their own reputation. They try everything, even if it means ruining someone else’s life, reputation or well being, just to better themselves. They manipulate, use, and belittle every human being possible that comes in the way of their perfect life. Cruel Intentions, a film that uses the setting to produce the irony portrayed at the hand of the characters, also uses this irony and characters actions to contribute to the theme. The setting of the film in a high-class society, a society in which only the high-ranking members live.
A society in which as you drive down the road each house is bigger than the first. These people live in a society where each child has their own car and not to mention bank account. The people in this society crave competition and seek to be better. This particular setting shows forth the attitudes the characters uphold, that make them believe they up score others around them.
This too in fact portrays the irony of the film. For example, Kathryn believes that if a certain man cannot hold a relationship with her he cannot involve himself with anyone at all. Kathryn sets out to ruin his life and ruin the life of his significant other, getting her to fall in love with her music instructor rather than following her heart. This type of behavior leads the audience to believe that Kathryn uses her ranking and her setting in life to achieve personal happiness. In this film come two morals, first you may not always be set in your ways something good can happen in life something that can change everything. Sebastian, the type of person who sleeps with anyone, does not have the best reputation among the ladies.
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Although in the plot to ruin the young man’s life Sebastian meets a young girl named Annette and slowly falls in love with her. Not for her body or for his sexual pleasure but for how she made him feel loved and wanted he enjoyed this feeling. Albeit a feeling that makes him confused it turns into a feeling he decides will make his life better. Proving that your are not always set in your ways, good or bad ways.
Change occurs with life. The second moral state that what goes around comes around. Kathryn spends her days perfecting her life by ruining the lives of others, but in the end she gets what she deserves. After Sebastian risks his life, and dies, for the sake of saving Annette from an oncoming car, Annette decides to publish a portfolio he gave her about his life with his stepsister and her evil ways. The day of his funeral as Kathryn gives her speech in the honor of her stepbrother everyone else was reading a copy of this portfolio, seeing Kathryn for who she tries to hide not what she achieves in hurting others. This example in fact proves that what goes round comes around.
Kathryn achieves her goals of making herself better than others and gets hit with a fistful of her own cruelty. Cruel Intentions, a film that cannot be classified into one specific category. A film that has many, many morals, many characterizations that make the movie a great one. That make the movie one that is not easily analyzed but yet it is a movie that shows the viewer pointblank many morals, its use of characters’ and attitude, and attributes the setting very openly to the film. Cruel Intentions, is a film filled with the courage of the character, Sebastian, evolving into someone he never thought he could achieve. An anonymous writer once said, “Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you ” re scared to death.”.