6.7/10
46,123
424 user 136 critic

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
3,023 ( 949)

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Raymond
...
...
...
...
Candice
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

We all run on instinct. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pravila privlačnosti  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,532,410, 13 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,532,619, 21 November 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,805,917, 21 November 2002
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Roger Avary, Shannyn Sossamon, as an untrained actress, would often burn out after more than three takes. Whenever she had a scene with another character, her parts were shot first since "by the time she's done, the other actor's were just warming up." See more »

Goofs

Although the location for the film is a fictional northeast college called Camden, there are two palm trees that can be seen in the parking lot of the hospital scene. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Lunar Park See more »

Soundtracks

Afternoon Delight
Performed by Starland Vocal Band
Words and Music by Bill Danoff
Copyright © 1976 Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. (ASCAP)/Dreamworks Songs (ASCAP)
Worldwide Rights for Dreamworks Songs Administered by Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company,
Inc. (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
Used by Permission
Courtesy of Windsong Records
Administered by Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
fascinating and disturbing
15 July 2006 | by 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.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 424 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Paul Scheer on Why There Are No Bad Movies

Paul Scheer discusses The Disaster Artist and his love of awesomely bad movies. Plus, we dive into the origins of midnight movies and explore how The Room became a cult classic.

Watch now