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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.



(novel), (screenplay)
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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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From the Corrupt Minds That Brought You 'Pulp Fiction' and 'American Psycho.' 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?


The shot of Jessica Biel walking down the hall in her underwear and hooking up with the football team is a favorite for the director, who shared his enthusiasm with a reporter days later. "It's one of those shots a director hopes for, that just happens and looks great. I've had it happen for me once on Killing Zoe and I didn't think it'd happen again... but it happened the other day!" See more »


When Sean and his drug dealer fight, the cocaine around the drug dealer's nose disappears and reappears between shots. 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 Killing Zoe (1993) See more »


The Gentleman Who Fell
Performed by Milla Jovovich
Written by Mark Holden (as Mark Hansen Holden), Milla Jovovich and Richard Feldman
Published by Universal-Polygram International Publishing, Inc.
o/b/o Itself and Dreaming Dog Music/Orca Songs
Used by Permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of SBK Records
Produced by Richard Feldman
Under License from EMI Film & TV Music
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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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