There’s an iconic scene in Roger Kumble’s 1999 teen flick Cruel Intentions, where Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) teaches a young and inexperienced Cecile (Selma Blair) how to french kiss. There’s tongue, there’s drool, and a lot of sexual tension.
Now, 21 years later, Gellar and Blair have reenacted their famous kiss – but with a 2020 twist.
The pair were awarded the Legendary Lip Lock award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest Of All Time on Sunday night (December 6). In their acceptance video, they attempted to recreate the scene in question. But just as their lips are about to lock, a window pane gets in the way. “Stay safe, MTV. And, 2020: end soon,” Gellar said, looking into the camera.
Reflecting on the kiss and why it remains relevant today, Blair said: “I think the reason the kiss has resonated with people so long is not just for the initial shock value but because it was a catalyst for so many young people to help them realise certain aspects of their sexuality and help make people comfortable to be who they really are.”
“It also represented a paradigm shift to a new dynamic towards acceptance in pop culture,” Gellar said, adding: “Well, also it was super-hot.”
See the actors attempt their kiss in the clip below.