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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People without scruples don't care about the feelings of others.
Positive Role Models
While Jason, Cassidy, and Patrick are all extremely bright, their cynicism and ability to block out positive emotions -- like love -- make them turn their gifts into weapons against more trusting and gullible acquaintances.
Violence & Scariness
Using blackmail, a man forces himself sexually on a woman who had previously turned him down. A woman frames a man for a crime he didn't commit.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples seen having sex. A nude woman's back seen as she's astride a man during sex. Women's breasts and men's bare chests seen. Clothed women's panties are removed, no genitals seen. A clothed man and woman have sex standing up on a beach. A reference is made to premature ejaculation. A man mentions the attractiveness of his "big bulging ... brain," referring to his penis.
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"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "t-ts," "hell," and "p---y."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and take sleeping pills. Characters from previous films in the series are said to be dead or in methadone programs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cruel Intentions 3 is the third installment in the Cruel Intentions series, originally inspired by the notorious 1782 French psychological novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Manipulative and cynical college students use schemes, subterfuge, and psychological game-playing to break up happy couples and trick classmates into sex. One player uses photos to extort sex in exchange for silence, thus perpetrating a rape. Women's breasts are seen. Couples having sex are seen. Clothed women's panties are removed but no nudity is shown. A reference is made to premature ejaculation. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y." Adults drink alcohol and take sleeping pills. Characters from previous films in the series are said to be dead or in methadone programs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The fact that none of the leading characters seem to have any scruples or genuine human emotions churns the story into a boring repetition of one inexplicable betrayal after another. These college students, all played by actors who look far older than college age, are the equivalent of little kids who enjoy pulling the wings off of flies. How much of that is an audience willing to watch?
Perhaps that is the part viewers will ignore, drawn instead to the soft-core porn nature of the couplings. Monogamous women devoted to their men are supposedly open to pleasure offered by scheming Jason and Patrick, succumbing like falling dominoes, making this movie a kind of male fantasy. Apparently women just need to be whispered to and touched the right way and no amount of loyalty to others will stop them from bedding bad boys. That's the fundamental sentiment underlying the movie and also what makes it unintentionally comic. Sex is a competitive sport in which champions are certifiable jerks. Cruel Intentions 3 depicts a bizarre universe in which everyone is a victim just waiting to be victimized by those smart, wily, and twisted enough to take advantage.
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