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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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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£227,531 (UK) (28 March 2003)

Gross:

£835,861 (UK) (11 April 2003)
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Roger Avary explains that one of his favorite parts of the film is "watching that snowflake land on Sean Bateman's eye-corner and melt; the symbolism of a man that is so cold inside that the world's conscience sends out a flake of snow to force a tear where they should naturally spill forth." See more »

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In the split screen sequence, when Sean meats Lauren in the corridor, she takes off his glasses, but when the screens join she's clearly standing too far away to have been able to reach them. See more »

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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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Performed by Public Image Ltd. (as Public Image Limited)
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Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll
19 April 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Based on Bret Easton Ellis'often-overlooked second novel,The Rules of Attraction is written and directed by Roger Avary(pulp fiction, killing zoe. This film has to be the most underrated film of this year. I was expecting just a normal film about rich kids on drugs but i got a piece of art blended in with college life. Avary makes this film fit into a dozen types of film, a satire, drama, black comedy, romance just to name a few.

James Van Der Beek(Varsity blues, standing still) plays a campus drug dealer Sean Bateman( brother of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho)who falls for the innocent virgin Lauren Hynde(Shannyn Sossamon)who is still in love with her ex Victor(Kip Pardue) who is on a trip across Europe getting high every night. Of course nothing turns out how its supposed to be which is the best part about this movie, it's not predictable nor a stupid little teen flick.

This movie is a serious film for anyone who wants to watch real actors and actresses playing their parts. Avary even has the time to fit in special effects of playing scenes backwards and putting in split screens to see the actors and actresses emotions at the same time.

A great movie!


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