Cruel Intentions (1999)

Episode 112 (April 26, 2024)

NOTE: Boy do we say some stuff in this episode. As always, please keep in mind that the language on this podcast is rated R. For pirates.

As adults in their late thirties, Laci and Matt are just the right age to play the “teenager” characters in the sexy cult classic Cruel Intentions (1999). Together, they unpack how differently the movie plays for them as adults (funny) than when they were teenagers (deadly serious), and gush over the deliciously evil performance of Sarah Michelle Gellar. And Laci finds this Ryan Phillippe fella very appealing, but we won’t get into that here.

Time stamps:
00:04:08 — Our personal histories with Cruel Intentions
00:12:48 — Pre-movie predictions
00:18:07 — History segment: A history of Dangerous Liaisons and Cruel Intentions; brief career overviews of writer/director Roger Kumble and stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon
00:30:54 — In-depth movie discussion
01:26:43 — Listener Choice Lottery
01:30:34 — Final thoughts and star ratings

Artwork by Laci Roth.

Music by Rural Route Nine. Listen to their album The Joy of Averages on Spotify (, Apple Music (, or YouTube (


Songs by Rural Route Nine in this episode: 

“Your Ambition” – 

“Winston-Salem” –

“Snake Drama” –

“24 Hours Is Like Three Weeks” –

“The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” –


“Cruel Intentions cast spills all the details on making the seductive teen drama” by Shirley Li | Entertainment Weekly, 2019 –

Enjoy some clips from the episode!

Cruel Intentions isn't depraved enough

@load.bearing.beams We LOVE this movie but wish it went even further! Doesn’t #saltburn feel like a modern day #cruelintentions mixed with a dash of #twighlightsaga? #ryanphillippe #reesewitherspoon #sarahmichellegellar #filmtok ♬ original sound - Load Bearing Beams Podcast