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Russell DeGrazier (written by)
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A writer/radio advice show host fails to heed his own advice as he stalks his ex-girlfriend and then becomes involved with an actress friend of hers. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Matthew Settle ... Matthew

Tom Everett Scott ... Garrett

Gretchen Mol ... Liz

Samantha Mathis ... Corey

Josh Hutchinson ... Sammy

Michelle Stafford ... Suzanne

Hilda van der Meulen ... Ethel
Chris Jagger ... Rolf
Paul Jerome ... Guard (as Paul Eric Jerome)

Cee Cee Michaela ... Cee Cee (as Cee Cee Harshaw)

Joel Polis ... William
Fred Ellis ... Newsstand Man (as Fred E. Ellis)

Brent Roam ... Bartender
Rosi Maggiolino ... Ticket Lady

Elmarie Wendel ... Beehive Waitress

R. Martin Klein ... Grocery Manager
Jonathan Quint ... Actor

Corie Vickers ... Theater Goer
Peter Carlin ... Lee
Nichole Pelerine ... Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gina-Raye Carter ... Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Russell DeGrazier 
 
Writing credits
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Russell DeGrazier (written by)

Produced by
Michael Ambrosia .... associate producer
Mark Amin .... executive producer
Russell DeGrazier .... producer
Mike Elliott .... producer
Lisanne Falk .... associate producer
Jonathan Krauss .... producer
Ilona Margolis .... co-producer
Steven Pearl .... co-producer
Robin Schorr .... executive producer
Mike Upton .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
 
Cinematography by
Michael A. Price  (as Michael Price)
 
Film Editing by
Glenn Garland 
 
Casting by
Michael Greer 
 
Production Design by
Mariano Díaz 
John Frazier 
Angela Stauffer 
 
Costume Design by
Alix Hester 
 
Makeup Department
Fleur Morell .... makeup department head
Amanda Sears .... additional assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joseph P. Genier .... production manager
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Coffing .... assistant director
Brett Curtis .... second second assistant director
Brett Dos Santos .... second second assistant director
Jodi Lowry .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Radu Bogdan .... swing gang
Juan M. Deavila .... propmaker
Jody R. Denton .... carpenter
Paul A. Fidler .... scenic artist
Daria Hendrix .... painter
John Hilaro .... swing gang
Gary Lee Jones .... carpenter
Eric King .... propmaker
Thomas D. Krausz .... carpenter (as Tomas D. Krausz)
Andrew Mark Leary .... on-set props (as Andrew Leary)
Russell Leigh .... swing gang
Marc Lopez .... carpenter
Maureen McGuire .... property master
April McKee .... painter (as April S. McKee)
Jonathan Melvoin .... construction coordinator (as Jonathan David Melvoin)
Cindy J. Pangalos .... set dresser (as Cyntha Pangalos)
Leanne Parshalle .... assistant property master
Jacqueline D. Powers .... propmaker
Nick Sternberg .... lead man
Jack Ruan Thiel .... carpenter
Todd Viper .... painter
Zane Viper .... painter
Marion C. Weimer-Mirley .... painter
Janna Wharton .... swing gang
Tate Wittenberg .... swing gang
James R. Wscribner .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound editor
David Cook .... boom operator
Paul Curtis .... adr editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor
Michael Payne .... supervising sound editor
Andy Peach .... sound recordist
Alan B. Samuels .... sound mixer (as Alan Samuels)
Alan B. Samuels .... sound
Dan Scolnik .... foley cue
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
David Fred Masselink .... optical effects line-up
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element color timer: THDX (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Cole S. McKay .... stunts (as Cole McKay)
Debbie McKay .... stunts
Carl Milinac .... stunt rigger
Carl Milinac .... stunts
Patrick J. Statham .... stunt coordinator (as Patrick Statham)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Julie Bick .... electrician
Bonnie Blake .... camera operator: "b" camera
Scott R. Boettle .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Scott Boettle)
Scott Browner .... camera operator: "b" camera
David J. Butkovich .... crane operator: Technocrane
Edward Cosgrove .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Dellerson .... second assistant camera
Manuel Duran .... best boy grip
Scott Eades .... grip
Gilbert Elam .... best boy electric
Kenn Ferro .... Steadicam operator
David Frazer .... electrician (as David C. Frazer)
Franc Gabusi .... grip
Richard Galvan .... electrician
Roy C. Granada .... gaffer (as Roy Granada)
Edward Hernandez .... electrician (as Edward Vallejo Hernandez)
Chad Herr .... key grip
Ian Jordan .... electrician
Frederick Lawrence .... grip
David Leite .... best boy grip
Mark Lipson .... still photographer
Jean-Pierre Marangokis .... electrician (as Jean Pierre Marangakis)
Andrew Millians .... camera loader
Charles Moore .... dolly grip
Gary Morris .... electrician
Travis Phung .... grip
Charles Simons .... grip
Wayne E. Smith .... electrician (as Wayne Smith)
Mika Sogawa .... electrician
Denis Sugimoto .... electrician
Stefan Tarzan .... first assistant camera
Rogers Weed .... electrician
Dennis Wong .... electrician
Eric Yahraus .... best boy electric (as Eric Yarhaus)
 
Casting Department
David Anthony .... extras casting
Joseph Hicks .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Dozier .... assistant costume designer
Gillian Waterman .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
David M. Katz .... first assistant editor (as David Katz)
Frank Moshier .... post-production coordinator
Greg Tillman .... additional editor
Lee Wimer .... color timer
 
Music Department
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Christine H. Luethje .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Jody Bingenheimer .... driver
Michael Burnette .... transportation coordinator (as Mike Burnette)
Rocco Cordola .... driver (as Rocco D. Cordola)
James R. Guillory .... driver
William B. Isaacson .... driver
Mark Steven Keller .... driver
Jim Martell .... driver
John McDowell .... driver
Steven D. Richardson .... driver
Chris Sharff .... driver (as Christopher Sharff)
Ryan Thor .... driver
Randall Wolff .... driver
Tony M. Wood .... transportation captain (as Tony Wood)
Jeff Woodward .... driver
 
Other crew
Aaron Alberts .... production assistant
Mark Bateman .... production assistant
Liz Bouvier .... assistant: Russell DeGrazier
Linda Brown .... unit publicist
Jordan Burwick .... location scout
Jason Capone .... post-production accountant: Trimark
Samuel Eels .... production assistant
Kent Ford .... location assistant
Wayne Ford .... production assistant
Kevin Hollinger .... production assistant
Matt Holloway .... key production assistant (as Matthew Holloway)
Blaine G. Houserman .... production accountant (as Blaine Houserman)
Steve Kiraz .... crane assistant: Technocrane
Lauren Kisilevsky .... assistant: Robin Schorr
Jon Ko .... location manager (as John Ko)
Tracy Marshak-Nash .... production coordinator
Robert M. Melnik .... director of business affairs: Lions Gate
Curtis A. Miller .... production coordinator: Trimark
John F. Moroney .... medical consultant
Colleen Murphy .... location scout
Erin K. O'Brien .... assistant production coordinator (as Erin O'Brien)
Tim Orindgreff .... production assistant (as Tim Oringreff)
Jeff Orr .... script supervisor
Lisa Patton .... location assistant
Chrissy Phelan .... production assistant
Dave Preston .... key production assistant
Aaron Richmond .... assistant production coordinator
David Schladweiler .... production consultant
Donna Sloan .... director of production: Trimark
Marc E. Spiegel .... location manager (as Marc Spiegel)
Terri Tracy .... production assistant (as Terri C. Tracy)
David Van Dam .... location assistant
Craig A. Weller .... production assistant
Andrew Yaxley .... production assistant
 

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Limited Attractions, 31 August 2003
Author: FilmFlaneur from London

Writer/Director Russell DeGrazier's film is a chamber piece built around four main characters: two obsessive men and their women. Lead Matthew Settle plays a magazine columnist and radio phone-in show host who, Frasier-like, offers advice to the troubled and lovelorn, all the while his own private life is a mess. His relationship with Liz (Gretchen Mol) has finished sometime back and yet he can't forget her. So much so in fact that he begins to stalk her, eventually driving her further into the arms of editor and friend Garrett (Tom Everett Scott). At the same time, at first in rebound, and then more and more seriously, Matthew dates Corey (Samantha Mathis) a vulnerable actress precariously low in self-esteem. (`I never seem to make an impression – so don't feel bad'). It's an emotional pressure-cooker, and when the violent release occurs, Matthew finds himself the victim of his own reputation.

Criticisms of 'Attraction' have stemmed from the threatening nature of these relationships as well as the obscure motivation of the main characters. There's no denying that the element of sexual stalking, of seeing women as prey or prizes, is an aspect of the drama to which in these PC-times one might take exception. The sleazy Matthew, aggressively self-centered and at times violent, is a hero to whom the audience's response is at best ambivalent, at worst outright condemnatory. Only at the end of the film does he elicit any real sympathy. Other characters fare only slightly better. Liz, once Matthew's girl, may be the victim of his unwarranted attentions, but her allegiance in love is shallow and eventually revealed as transitory. She does not deserve the experiences she undergoes, but her sexual weakness for her former boyfriend is a contributory factor to her woes. Garrett, first seen as Liz's white knight, eventually proves more similar to Matthew than we think. This becomes apparent first as he ‘stalks' him and his new girlfriend, sneering `How do you like being followed?'. The most upright of the four leads is Corey: her initial confusion and doubt as she shyly seeks Liz's permission to see Matthew is genuine, and provokes our most positive response. But as she in turn eventually ‘stalks' Garrett, causing his accident, we too have doubts about the purity of her motives.

What drives all four characters, of course, is ‘attraction'. The problem the film has is that this motivation is hardly ever put into words, let alone discussed. This absence of meaningful dialogue (as opposed to the angst ridden complaints of the stalked and lovesick) means that the audience is left to fill the blanks by itself. What exactly Matthew sees in Liz, or Liz in Garrett, Corey in Matthew, Matthew in Corey and so on, is left unexplained in detail. Rationale, where there is any, is given glibly: `It's like he's an alcoholic and you're a vodka martini' says Garrett of Liz's continuing attraction for her ex. Or, it is shown through mindless acts of sexual frustration, as when Matthew smashes the window outside Liz's door. This vacuum of the heart is most apparent in the key scene in the film, when Corey appears nude on stage, watched by all three of the principals. Corey's exposure to the world is physical, more than expressed in words. As she literally ‘bares her all' she has nothing really interesting to say. Garrett is content to cough and laugh, Matthew gets violent and Liz sits in acute embarrassment. Even after the traumatic event Corey does not spend time in any self-examination, save to express brief dismay and shock. Aptly strobed like a projection through a slow shutter her previous nude performance, and its inadequate reception, can be seen as the essence of the film in microcosm.

If one can accept this limitation at the film's core, then it has much to offer. In some ways the lack of emotional communication may even be a strength. Matthew is a deliberately ambivalent character, played excellently by Settle. An indication of this is the interview between him and an unknown questioner, played out in extract as the film proceeds. How we view Matthew is reflected in how we take the immediate, dramatic, context of his talking. Is he being interrogated by police, after some terrible crime yet to be shown, or just explaining away obsessions to the curious? Or is he just taking part in some media event related to his job? The reappearance of the scene, as a smiling Matthew introduces and describes himself, forces us each time to reassess him in view of what we have just seen in the plot's ‘real time'. In fact, much of the interest and tension in the film stems from Matthew and Garrett, whose motivations are unclear.

‘Attraction' is a film full of such ironies, whether it is Corey nude on stage ‘revealing' nothing, the mirrored stalkings of Matthew, Garrett, and then Corey, or Matthew's final predicament. As a circular tale of obsessive behaviour it works neatly, helped along by DeGrazier's flashy direction, and is produced exactly to the right sort of scale such a taut story requires. Settle has a face which reminds one slightly of Tom Cruise while Mol tries a touch of Cameron Diaz. Had such high powered stars actually been available with a bigger budget, the whole thing would probably been less satisfactory. All in all, it's recommendable, and there's much worse things sitting on the video shelf.

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