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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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$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 says about Shannyn Sossamon's Lauren Hynde character that "she doesn't want to just lose her virginity, she has a dream about how she wants to lose it. Whether it be her dreamy Victor or even Sean Bateman... She wants to feel complete, to know what sex fully is. To have that shared moment with a man. By the end of the movie, after the serial betrayals, she's aged a decade in just a semester. Who has she become? I'm not sure. This movie isn't about answers, it is about transformations. The changes." See more »

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When Lara does a hand stand while talking to Lauren, her shirt covers her stomach even though she rolled it up before she started. 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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fascinating and disturbing
15 July 2006 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie not really knowing what to expect, but having heard a lot about it figured it would be worth checking out. And I was blown away. First of all, who knew Dawson (er, James Van Der Beek) could act so well? I remember hearing part of the reason he took this role was specifically to get away from the good-boy image he'd developed from Dawson's Creek, and he did so beautifully. He was barely recognizable. I was very, very impressed by his performance.

The movie itself was chilling - it reminded me quite a lot of Kids, but I found it slightly more relevant; that is to say, I have a feeling this movie reflects the real lives of more people than Kids did. I happened to go to a school a lot like Camden College; we even had an annual party almost exactly like the "dress to have sex" party shown here. So although I didn't participate much in that social scene, I was definitely exposed to it frequently and I can say that this movie is frighteningly based in reality. It struck very close to home.

So, overall, although I can't say I actually enjoyed it, I thought it was extremely well-done and incredibly true to life. I'm not sure I want to see it again, but it's definitely worth seeing at least once.


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