Quick, turn off the TV, mom's coming!
If you grew up in the '90s or just grew up loving teen movies, you probably said something similar to that while watching Cruel Intentions, the hit 1999 film that had no interest in earning a PG-13 rating or getting along with its contemporaries, like She's All That and 10 Things I Hate About You. Can you imagine Lainey or Bianca shouting, "I want to f--k!" to their step-brother a la Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar)? They would and could never.
The iconic movie was released on March 5, 1999, and quickly become a commercial and cult favorite, a rare feat for any movie, nevertheless a drama centering on high school students, and it's still just as beloved and quoted more than 20 years later.
"Cruel was exciting because, for me, I look for things that'll make an impact and something that's different. And teen movies at that point were teen movies," Gellar told Entertainment Tonight ahead of the 20th anniversary in 2019. "We were coming out of a John Hughes-era and moving into these sort of frothy, romantic comedies, and to take material like Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and give it to teens and that material, it was sort of the first of its kind."
The first of its kind, a surprise success at the box office and the movie that helped launch the careers of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, who got engaged during production, and a then-unknown Selma Blair, with small appearances from some other familiar famous faces mixed in there, too.
We've compiled a list of secrets and behind-the-scenes tidbits from writer and director Roger Kumble, as well as the main stars, including which A-lister was originally approached to play Annette, which former star of The Bachelor was actually in the movie, the Oscar winner who starred in the direct-to-DVD sequel, and the film's original ending, which managed to be even more depressing.
And don't worry, we didn't forget about that iconic spit-kiss...happy hunting!
This story was first published on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 3 a.m. PT.