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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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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

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

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,532,410, 13 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,532,619, 21 November 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,805,917, 21 November 2002
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A reporter from Aint it Cool News was present as a scene was being shot. He comments on Roger Avary's "creative" means of getting actor reactions. "For the last take Roger wanted a surprised reaction from Shannyn... so naturally he asked Jessica Biel to flash her. Due to its placement, the camera didn't see Biel's surprise... But I did. Good God almighty I love this job!" See more »

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In the main scene where Sean and Lauren talk for the first time, the camera shows the perspectives of both characters facing each other. Lauren supposedly takes Sean's glasses off to see his eyes, yet we see her hands removing the glasses from her perspective, but for Sean, what is shown is Laurens face. To be accurate, Sean wouldn't be seeing her face; he'd see Lauren's hand/palm removing the glasses, not her face if this action was taking place at the same time. In addition, she would have had to move her arms & shoulders to remove Sean's glasses, yet she clearly makes no movement at all. Finally, when the camera pans backward and we see both Sean and Lauren facing each other, they are at least four feet apart. Yet neither moved according to the camera. Four feet is too far for Lauren to have casually reached out and grabbed Sean's glasses without stretching, moving forward, then back to her position in the pose where we see them both facing each other. 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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So Alive
Performed by Love and Rockets
Written by Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J (as David Jay)
Published by Universal-Polygram International Publishing, Inc. o/b/o Universal/Momentum Music Ltd. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Beggers Banquet
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Brilliant adaptation of Ellis novel

Roger Avery succedes brilliantly in this impressive and horrifying adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' first novel. I read the novel 4 years ago as a Freshman in college after being blown away by 'American Psycho' and wanted to make 'Rules' into a film myself thinking no one would ever try. So much for that. Anyway, Avery impressed me alot. The series of Patrick Bateman references are also quite amusing for readers/viewers familiar with 'American Psycho'

Some reviewers have tended to comment on Avery's use of visual gimmicks, but he puts them to use well. The split screen where Sean meets Lauren is perfect, showing the seperation between them. The backwards film also works, showing how relatively meaningless many of the actions are, while drawing attention to them at the same time.

One last thing. People, including here on the IMDB have been criticizing the characters for being one-dimensional. THAT IS THE POINT. Ellis' characters ARE one-dimensional. What you get is a boat-load of information about all of these people and what you are left with is an empty being, soulless, if you will. It works. YOU aren't SUPPOSED to be attached to these characters because THEY are not attached to themselves or anyone else.

Brilliant film. Very well acted. Very well done.

Frank


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