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Dangerous Liaisons (Movies)

"Because revenge is a dish best served cold."

This 1988 movie starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer is based on the 18th century French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos. Cruel Intentions, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillipe, was a more recent (and more loose) adaptation of the novel. Speaking of loose, the novel weaves a web of intrigue, seduction, and corruption of the innocent by the scheming and underhanded Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont. Now that may sound exciting, but the original novel is composed entirely of letters sent between the characters, not to mention that it's written in 18th-century French, so it's a good thing they made a movie adaptation. The novel is also believed to be the origin of the phrase "la vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid," or, roughly translated, "revenge is a dish best served cold." Veronica tries to use the line as an excuse for the .22 pistol she has stashed in the Marses' freezer, but Keith doesn't appreciate her wit and wants a better explanation for the frosty firearm. Pretty big talk from someone who once had a dead rat stashed behind the corn dogs, Keith.

3.14 "Mars, Bars"

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