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The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.

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Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. Written by Will

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Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use, language and violent images | See all certifications »

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11 October 2002 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£227,531 (UK) (28 March 2003)

Gross:

£835,861 (UK) (11 April 2003)
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Sean Bateman, the character played by James Van Der Beek, is the younger brother of the infamous Patrick Bateman, the main character of American Psycho (2000), a film also based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis. See more »

Goofs

In the main scene where Sean and Lauren talk for the first time, the camera shows the perspectives of both characters facing each other. Lauren supposedly takes Sean's glasses off to see his eyes, yet we see her hands removing the glasses from her perspective, but for Sean, what is shown is Laurens face. To be accurate, Sean wouldn't be seeing her face; he'd see Lauren's hand/palm removing the glasses, not her face if this action was taking place at the same time. In addition, she would have had to move her arms & shoulders to remove Sean's glasses, yet she clearly makes no movement at all. Finally, when the camera pans backward and we see both Sean and Lauren facing each other, they are at least four feet apart. Yet neither moved according to the camera. Four feet is too far for Lauren to have casually reached out and grabbed Sean's glasses without stretching, moving forward, then back to her position in the pose where we see them both facing each other. See more »

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[first lines]
Lauren: and it's a story that might bore you, but you don't have to listen, because I always knew it was going to be like that.
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The credits run backwards, starting with the disclaimer ("Any similarity to persons living or dead...") and rolling upwards to end with the cast. See more »

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References Knife in the Water (1962) See more »

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Aida Grand March
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and tomandandy (as Tomandandy)
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Guiseppe Verdi)
Courtesy of Extreme Music Library
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He is no longer known as Dawson
8 December 2002 | by (Kiruna, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This movie was really good, not only cuz the great camera and directing skills, but also the best teen-acting movie since I saw GO. James van der Beek is no longer Dawson, he really impressed me with his incredible acting skills in this movie. The best movie in this genre ever, go see it.


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