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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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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)  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie that the film student refers to when talking to Lauren at the beginning of the film is Killing Zoe (1993), directed by Roger Avary; it also stars Eric Stoltz, who plays Mr. Lawson in this movie. 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 »


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Performed by Donovan
Written by Donovan (as Donovan Leitch)
Published by Peer International Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
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User Reviews

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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