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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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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?


When asked why he made so many changes from the book, Roger Avary replied with a story about Stanley Kubrick. According to John Milius, Kubrick once called him and asked from the greatest handgun ever made, but it must never have been fired. Millius eventually found the pistol, and Stanley purchased it from England. Several months later Millius met with Kubrick again and asked how he liked the gun. Kubrick replied he loved it, and had replaced the handle, trigger, hammer, re-bored the barrel, and swapped out the firing pins. Horrified, Millius said he had ruined it. Stanley simply said, "No I didn't, I made it better." See more »


The label on the whiskey bottle that Sean is swigging from throughout the party changes from a generic label in close-ups to Jack Daniels in the long 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 ER (1994) See more »


When I Get You Alone
Performed by Robin Thicke (as Thicke)
Written by Robin Thicke (as R. Thicke) and Walter Murphy (as W. Murphy)
Published by I Like 'em Thick Music (ASCAP)/RFT Music Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Produced by Robin Thicke and Pro Jay
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
(P) 2002 Nuamerica/Interscope Records
Contains a Sample of "Fifth of Beethoven"
Master Owner Thomas J. Valentino, Inc.
Composer/Arranger Walter Murphy
RFT Music Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Used Courtesy of NuAmerica/Interscope Records
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User Reviews

Brilliant adaptation of Ellis novel
13 October 2002 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

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.


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