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The Rules of Attraction (2002)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:


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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We all run on instinct. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pravila privlačnosti  »

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,532,410 (USA) (11 October 2002)


$6,525,762 (USA) (15 November 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of 2013, this is Bret Easton Ellis' favorite adaptations of his work. "My favorite movie out of the four was The Rules of Attraction. I thought it was the only one that captured the sensibility of the novel in a cinematic way. I know I'm sounding like a film critic on that, but I'm talking about that in an emotional way - as the writer of the novel. I watched that movie and thought they got it in a way that Mary Harron [director of American Psycho] didn't and Less Than Zero didn't." See more »


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 »


[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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Crazy Credits

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 »


References Walking Tall (1973) See more »


Gumballs/Gay Song Definitely
Performed by tomandandy
Lyrics and Vocals by Scott Williams
Produced by tomandandy
Courtesy of Atomcandy Records
© 2001 Atomcandy Records
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User Reviews

If you like this movie then kill yourself....
19 June 2003 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

This is an awful movie and I feel like I wasted 110 minutes of my life for watching it. The characters are aweful, the Sean Bateman character is completely different in each seen and although one could say it is due to his mental illness, it doesn't work. The movie tried to feed off of the popularity of American Psycho (which was their first mistake, because although it was good, it could not fuel a sequel with completely different characters). I feel sick just thinking about this movie. And previous reviews were correct in discussing how pretentious this movie was.

All I have to say is: DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!

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