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Cruel Intentions 3

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bored students use sex to manipulate friends; rape, cursing.

Movie R 2004 85 minutes
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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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