Kelly Van Ryan is a character in the 1998 thriller movie "Wild Things," played by actress Denise Richards. Kelly is a high school student in Blue Bay, Florida, who is part of the town's wealthy elite. She is introduced as a popular and attractive student who is dating the school's guidance counselor, Sam Lombardo (played by Matt Dillon).
Kelly is involved in a scandalous legal case against Lombardo, along with another student named Suzie Toller (played by Neve Campbell). They both accuse Lombardo of rape, but it is later revealed that they have fabricated the story to win a lawsuit against him and to obtain a large inheritance.
Throughout the movie, Kelly is portrayed as a manipulative and cunning character who is willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. She is seen engaging in sexual acts with other characters, including her stepfather and her female classmate Suzie.
Despite her devious behavior, Kelly is also portrayed as a sympathetic character, who is struggling with her family's dysfunctional dynamics and her own feelings of inadequacy. Ultimately, the character's true motivations and intentions are revealed in a series of plot twists that keep the audience guessing until the very end.
Kelly Van Ryan is considered to be one of Denise Richards' most memorable roles, and the character has become a cultural icon, particularly for her iconic pool scene in the movie.