Vayneshirt – Official life as a shorty shouldn’t be so rough Halloween shirt

Oh, to be a badly behaved student at Manchester Prep in 1999’s Cruel Intentions. Huffing cocaine from a spoon hidden in a crucifix necklace with Sarah Michelle Gellar; sneaking a sapphic kiss with Selma Blair in Central Park; admiring Ryan Phillipe’s naked form as he emerges from an underground swimming pool. (In hindsight, Cruel Intentions really did say “gay rights!”) But across Roger Kumble’s ingenious update of Les Liaisons dangereuses, the Official life as a shorty shouldn’t be so rough Halloween shirt besides I will buy this bright young things at the heart of the film are as irreverent in their style choices as they are in their romantic dalliances. Their riffs on the uniform of their wealthy Catholic school play into their various character archetypes: Gellar’s louche-living Kathryn Merteuil unbuttons her shirt just a bit lower than Reese Witherspoon’s uptight Annette, for example. The costumes are just the finishing touch to this timeless guilty pleasure.

 

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