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Cruel Inventions By Roger Kumble

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Introduction

CRUEL INVENTIONS by Roger Kumble based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos De Laclos February 10, 1998 1 EXT. MANHATTAN SKYLINE - DAY 1 We circle around the island of Manhattan moving closer and closer till we're looking down on Fifth Avenue. As the melody continues to play we MOVE towards a building and ZOOM into a window. 2 INT. THERAPIST'S OFFICE - DAY 2 A fifty-year old female therapist (DR. GREENBAUM) sits at her desk, frowning as she takes notes. Books of Jung and Freud line the shelves. A young man (SEBASTIAN VALMONT) sits in a chair in front of her looking impatient. The therapist continues to write notes. DR. GREENBAUM Jesus. We've been at this for six months. SEBASTIAN I know. DR. GREENBAUM And you haven't made an ounce of progress. SEBASTIAN I know. Sebastian takes out a cigarette. DR. GREENBAUM (not looking up) There's no smoking in my office. Sebastian sneers at her then puts the cigarette away. Dr. Greenbaum finishes her notes and looks up at him, shaking her head. SEBASTIAN What do you want me to say? That I'm supposed to feel remorse because I act the way I do? The truth is I don't. Dr. Greenbaum shakes her head and takes notes. SEBASTIAN (cont'd) Look, I'm not like all the other kids in high school. I don't care about book reports and extra-credit. Teachers are idiots anyway. The only challenge out there for me is women. You see a girl you like. You pursue them. You conquer. You move on. It's exciting. DR. GREENBAUM But you said you have the worst reputation. SEBASTIAN I do. DR. GREENBAUM Don't you want to change that? SEBASTIAN Let me tell you something, doctor. Chicks love a guy with a bad rap. They say they don't, but they don't mean it. They all think that they're the ones that are going to "save me." ...read more.

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I got you off the streets and this is how you repay me? RONALD Got me off the streets? I live on 59th and Park. MRS. CALDWELL Whatever. You are never to set foot in this house again and you are never and I mean never to see my daughter again. Is that understood?! Ronald packs up his sheet music, while Mrs. Caldwell waits. RONALD First of all, maam, I never touched your daughter and second, I would like to think that in these times someone of your status could look beyond racial lines. MRS. CALDWELL Oh don't give me any of that racist crap. My husband and I gave money to Colin Powell. RONALD (sarcastic) I guess that puts me in my place. Thank you for the hospitality Mrs. Caldwell. It was a true awakening. He storms off. 42 INT. CALDWELL APARTMENT - ELEVATOR - DAY 42 Ronald rides down in the elevator. RONALD (angry) Took me off the streets? The elevator stops and the doors open. Sebastian and Kathryn stand in the doorway, wearing shades. Kathryn hands Cecile's letter. 43 INT. VALMONT TOWNHOUSE - SEBASTIAN'S BEDROOM - DAY 43 Ronald sits in a chair and reads Cecile's letter. Sebastian and Kathryn watch. RONALD Wow. I never knew she had these kind of feelings. SEBASTIAN You're a lucky guy. RONALD (eyes tear up) She really loves me. Sebastian and Kathryn roll their eyes. RONALD (cont'd) What do I do? KATHRYN What do you do? Tell her you love her. RONALD But I can't even see her. She doesn't have her own phone, I don't even know her e-mail address. SEBASTIAN Ronald, e-mail's for geeks and pedophiles. Be romantic. Write her another letter. RONALD How will I get to her? SEBASTIAN & KATHRYN We'll make sure she gets it. RONALD Why are you being so good to me? KATHRYN Because we want to see Cecile happy and we know you make her happy. ...read more.

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You still keep it in your crucifix, don't you? It's all in there. KATHRYN You didn't show it to anybody? ANNETTE Actually, I was planning on running down to Kinkos. Do you think you could give me ride? KATHRYN You can't do this to me. It could ruin me. ANNETTE (smiling) I know. Kathryn starts to cry. ANNETTE (cont'd) Kathryn, please. Crying? Didn't you once say that crying is a sign of weakness? I'm very disappointed in you. Kathryn continues to sob. ANNETTE (cont'd) Alright, stop crying. There's a bright side to this you know. Annette puts a comforting arm around her. ANNETTE (cont'd) You're going to be my pet project next year. You're going to do what I tell you to do, wear what I tell you to wear. You're going to befriend the unpopular, sleep with the insecure. Think of the social ramifications it will cause. You and I are going to turn this school around. And do you know why you're going to do it? (beat) Cause your ass is mine. Annette grabs Kathryn by the face, KISSES her forcefully on the mouth, then shoves her back. Kathryn looks at her in horror. ANNETTE (cont'd) We'll be in touch. She winks at Kathryn then leaves. CLOSE ON: Kathryn. She sits down on Sebastian's bed, utterly defeated. ANNETTE (cont'd) Forgot something. Annette steps back into frame and takes the car keys out of Kathryn's hands. 107 INT. PORSCHE - DAY 107 Annette races down the highway. She opens up the glove compartment and rifles through some cassettes. She takes out The Carpenter's Greatest Hits and inserts it. CUE UP: The Carpenter's singing "Goodbye To Love." Annette reaches down and takes out Sebastian's sunglasses. She puts them on and checks herself out in the rear-view mirror. A grin crosses her face. 108 EXT. WESTSIDE HIGHWAY - AERIAL POV. - DAY 108 We MOVE off the Porsche and ascend into the air. The Porsche weaves through traffic as it disappears into a sea of cars. WE SEE the Manhattan skyline in the background as WE - FADE OUT. THE END ...read more.

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