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Cruel Intentions, the steamy 1999 romance you couldn’t buy a ticket to because it was rated R, is returning to theaters later this month. Yes, 20 years since asking your ticket-taker friend to sneak you in, you can now buy your very own ticket to the movie where Ryan Phillippe sleeps with everyone in order to sleep with his step-sister.

Adapted from the 1782 novel Les Liasons Dangereuses and buoyed by a soundtrack that couldn’t possibly be more late 90s, the movie follows Phillipe’s Sebastian, who bets his step-sister, Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar), that he can claim the virginity of Annette (Reese Witherspoon), the daughter of their prep school’s headmaster. Meanwhile, Selma Blair steals the movie as sweet, inexperienced Cecile, another of Sebastian’s many conquests.


Cruel Intentions will play nationwide for one week beginning March 22. You can get more info and buy tickets here, or hop into the time machine that is this 20th anniversary reissue of the soundtrack, which memorably features songs like Counting Crows’ “Colorblind” and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.

Revisit the former below and relive the dang angst.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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