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The Rules of Attraction (2002)

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

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11 October 2002 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,532,410 (USA) (11 October 2002)

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£835,861 (UK) (11 April 2003)
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James Franco was the original choice to play Sean. Roger Avary later decided that he played it "too much like the book," and recast the role with James Van Der Beeek. See more »

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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 »

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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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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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Features The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »

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Performed by Public Image Ltd. (as Public Image Limited)
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Some brilliant moments but it leaves you wanting...
29 October 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I thought the first half of the 'The Rules of Attraction' was brilliant but...then I was disappointed in the second half, mostly because the director overindulges in the edginess of the movie and therefore, the story goes nowhere we haven't already been. Editing would have helped.

I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of the actors. Kudos to James Van Der Beek whose portrayal of the misogynistic Sean, blows the lid off of his teen idol stereotype and shows no sign of 'Dawson Leery' anywhere in this film. He definitely creeped me out...and I've known a few misogynists in my time...hey, I think I've even dated this guy! Shannyn Sossamon's touching performance as Lauren, the object of Sean's obsession, is the one humane voice of this film. I could also identify with the character of Paul, played by Ian Somerhalder, whose unrequited gay crush on Sean is all too real. Lastly, I loved Kate Bosworth's small bit, as one of Sean's pickups, where she cries when he sings and plays guitar for her. Too hilarious!

A very complex and disturbing look at Gen X's malaise. Too bad the director tries too hard to make a 'cool' movie instead of just telling the story.


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