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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.



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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)  »

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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)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several critics, including Roger Ebert, reacted negatively to the nihilistic characters that permeate the film. Eventually, director Roger Avary gave a rebuttal. "The Rules of Attraction isn't about the deeply sensitive types. It isn't about the Richard Dreyfuss character from American Graffiti (1973). This is about those other people. The amoral ones. The folks that justify it all as being 'an experience.' The ones that bang through college as a late day class into an all night party, day after day after day. Folks that seemingly celebrate each and everyday as though it were the last. The ones that go wild for the first time in their lives. The Rules of Attraction is about three such characters. All three characters are transformed by their experiences. Some learn, some merely evolve from it." See more »


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 »


[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 The Wolfgang Press (as Wolfgang Press)
Written by Michael Derek Allen, Mark Cox and Andrew Keith Gray
Published by Universal-Polygram International Publishing, Inc.
o/b/o of Universal/Momentum Music 3 Ltd.
Courtesy of 4AD
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Visually and aurally stunning. Shame the script never arrived
21 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw The Rules of Attraction this weekend, and I must admit it was disappointing. Not that it's not without it's merits. Like most Lion's Gate productions it's beautifully shot, with all the split screens and reverse action shots giving the film a very distinctive look. The soundtrack, which runs the gamut from the Cure to Serge Gainsbourg, also adds a nice touch to the film. Roger Avary did a nice job adding the bells and whistles to the movie. Too bad he didn't use more of the time he devoted in this task to work on the script.

I'm not really talking about the "Oh no, not another no hope, Gen. X, everyone is so messed up" plot that has some people up in arms. It's an adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis book, and Bret Easton Ellis doesn't believe in happy endings. If you aren't into those kinds of movies, I recommend you stop reading these reviews now. What is more troubling is how poorly the characters are developed and the dialogue that almost always feels forced and awkward. James Vander Beek does a good job in giving Sean Bateman that sort of cool edge to him, but nearly every other performance falls a bit short. Especially Jessica Biel's. The central purpose of her character is that she's so unhappy with herself and her own life that she tries to keep everyone around her just as miserable (we've all known girls like this). The problem is when she tries to show this aspect of her character she falls flat on her face, be it the contrived crying scene after having sex with Sean or the awkward, parading around the room half-naked scene when she's ruining her roommates infatuation with Victor.

All in all I'd give this film 2 out of 5 stars. Well worth renting for the cool filmwork, but not worth paying to see in the theaters.

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