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The Rules of Attraction (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  11 October 2002 (USA)
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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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Rules Are Made to Be Broken See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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)


£835,861 (UK) (11 April 2003)

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Jay Baruchel jokingly said the movie should have been promoted with the tagline "The Star Of Almost Famous (2000) Returns," as that was the only movie anyone knew him from at the time. See more »


In Victor's monologue he states that he flew to London on a DC-10, a three-engined aircraft, yet in the shot on screen we can clearly see that the plane is a four-engined Boeing 747. 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 »


Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »


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Performed by Ballistic Mystic
Remixed by tomandandy
Composed by Tom Chasteen
Published by andyandtom Music (SESAC)/Exist Dance Music (BMI)
Produced by Tom Chasteen
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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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