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The Rules of Attraction -- Forget everything you thought you knew about higher education. Academy Award-winning writer/director Roger Avary masterfully takes you back to school and drops you in the middle of the drugged-out, sexed-up lives of some of Camden College's most disaffected students.
The Rules of Attraction -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Bret Easton Ellis (novel)
Roger Avary (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 October 2002 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

James Van Der Beek ... Sean Bateman

Shannyn Sossamon ... Lauren Hynde

Jessica Biel ... Lara

Kip Pardue ... Victor

Kate Bosworth ... Kelly

Ian Somerhalder ... Paul Denton

Joel Michaely ... Raymond

Jay Baruchel ... Harry

Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Mitchell

Clifton Collins Jr. ... Rupert

Clare Kramer ... Candice

Faye Dunaway ... Mrs. Denton

Swoosie Kurtz ... Mrs. Jared

Russell Sams ... Richard

Colin Bain ... Donald

Eric Stoltz ... Mr. Lawson

Fred Savage ... A Junkie Named Marc

Eric Szmanda ... NYU Film Student

Kavan Reece ... Handsome Dunce
Theresa Wayman ... Food Service Girl

Paul Williams ... Duty Doctor

Skyler Stone ... Quinlivan
Quincy Evans ... Dicky

Lucille M. Oliver ... Young Nurse

Anderson Goncalves ... Bertrand
Drew Wood ... Jim from Dartmouth

Curtis Andersen ... Guy Rolling Keg (as Curtis Anderson)

Chasen Hampton ... Townie
Malcolm Galt ... Hacky Sack Guy
Noelle Evans ... Crack Whore

Michael Ralph ... Guest

Cheyenne Wilbur ... Maitre D'

Ron Jeremy ... At the Player Piano (as Ron Jeremy Hyatt)
Holly Hollywood ... Undressed to Get Screwed
Amber Smith ... Undressed to Get Screwed
Alaina ... Undressed to Get Screwed
Trisha Uptown ... Undressed to Get Screwed

Hayley Keenan ... Claudia
Ninni Fires ... in London
Emily Kennedy ... In London
Zanna Lyberg ... in London
Melvyn ... in London
Maya Albina Morella ... in London
Shirell Orsler ... in London
Kate Verity Wilson ... in London
Angharad Wood ... In London
Jasmyn Androna ... in Amsterdam
J. Bahle ... in Amsterdam
Jan Carlos Byl ... in Amsterdam
Jeff Espanol ... In Amsterdam
Emilie Milders ... in Amsterdam
Julie Milders ... in Amsterdam

Katja Schuurman ... In Amsterdam (as K. Schurman)
Briony Shackell ... In Amsterdam (as Bryony Shackell)
Mascha De Wajer ... in Amsterdam
Jim Zalm ... in Amsterdam
Eva Alter ... in Paris
Kristina Kumlin ... In Paris
Corina Marinescu ... In Paris
Honor Fitzgerald ... in Dublin
Melanie Hoar ... in Dublin
Pappy Lloyd ... in Dublin
Cha Cha Singh ... in Dublin
Jennifer Maitland ... in Barcelona
Charly Sessner ... in Barcelona
Jennifer Shea ... in Barcelona
Audrey Pawl ... in Barcelona
Wayne Perry ... in Cadaques
Angela Antonini ... in Venice and Florence
Piero Antonini ... in Venice and Florence
Sarah Schmidt ... in Venice and Florence
Valentina Anastasio ... in Rome
Francesca Cogodoa ... in Rome
James Paci ... in Rome
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charlie Babcock ... Party Guy (uncredited)
Candice Bryant ... Girl at Keg (uncredited)

Giovanni Capitello ... College Student (uncredited)
C. Robert Cargill ... Bus Station Townie (uncredited)
Cory Elgin ... Student (uncredited)
Cris Gurtman ... Waitress (uncredited)

Jesse Heiman ... Lucky Party Goer (uncredited)

Tara Kleinpeter ... Sorority Girl (uncredited)

Alexis Krause ... Student (uncredited)
Matthew Lang ... Getch (uncredited)

Paul Oakenfold ... Himself (uncredited)
Stevo Polyi ... Bong-Boy (uncredited)
Tommy Ritter ... The Keg Guy (uncredited)

Adam Robitel ... Dumb Guy From LA (uncredited)

Saskia Slaaf ... Dutch Model (uncredited)

Aurora Snow ... Masked Naked Girl at Party (uncredited)
Brian Villarante ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
Rowland Wafford ... Man with Bong on Rupert's Couch (uncredited)
Keren Woodward ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Avary 
Writing credits
Bret Easton Ellis (novel "The Rules of Attraction")

Roger Avary (screenplay)

Produced by
Roger Avary .... executive producer
Marc Butan .... executive producer
James Deutch .... executive producer
Samuel Hadida .... executive producer
Marsha Oglesby .... executive producer
Tom Ortenberg .... executive producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Jeremiah Samuels .... executive producer
Greg Shapiro .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Robert Brinkmann 
Film Editing by
Sharon Rutter 
Casting by
Rick Montgomery 
Production Design by
Sharon Seymour 
Art Direction by
Christopher Tandon 
Set Decoration by
Teresa Visinare 
Costume Design by
Louise Frogley 
Makeup Department
Trish Almeida .... key hair stylist
Sharisse Fine .... hair stylist (as Sharisse)
Amy Harmon .... makeup artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist (as Greg Nicatero)
Carol Strong .... key makeup artist
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Silvia Leczel .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael P. Flannigan .... production supervisor
Curtis A. Miller .... production manager: Lions Gate Films
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
Jeremiah Samuels .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Paul Clark .... first assistant director
Dawn Massaro .... second assistant director
Harry Ralston .... second unit director
Mollie Stallman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Nelson Bush .... set dresser
Marc Martin Del Campo .... set dresser (as Mark Martin Del Campo)
Rick Heyer .... on-set dresser (as Rik Heyer)
Teresa Holmes .... stand-by painter
Robert Lucas .... leadman
Cynthia Martinez .... greensman
Michael O'Donnell .... set dresser
Victor Petrota .... assistant property master (as Victor Petrotta)
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as William Petrotta)
Joy Taylor .... set dresser
John Michael Tillotson .... set dresser (as John Tillotson)
Greg Wilkinson .... leadman (as Gregory J. Wilkinson)
Christina Ann Wilson .... set designer (as Christina Wilson)
Sound Department
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Tim Boland .... sound mixer
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Aloysius Flanagan III .... sound re-recordist
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Michael Kamper .... sound designer
Adam McDaniel .... additional sound
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound designer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Unsun Song .... sound recordist
Aaron Wilcox .... facilities management
Aaron Wilcox .... re-recording projectionist
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Ron Bolanowski .... special effects coordinator
Michael Duenas .... special effects
Garth Majors .... special effects
Harry Smith .... special effects
Mario Vanillo .... special effects
Leonel Zapien .... special effects
Chiz Hasegawa .... project coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Danny Albano .... digital artist
Gretchen Avary .... positive visualization
Victor DiMichina .... digital imaging supervisor
Tyler Foell .... 2D supervisor
Kevin Kipper .... digital artist
John R. McConnell .... compositor: Pixel magic
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Brad Moylan .... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Patrick Murphy .... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Reid Paul .... digital effects supervisor
Alfredo Ramirez .... digital compositor
Alfredo Ramirez .... digital effects compositor: Pixel Magic (uncredited)
Keith Adams .... stunt coordinator (as Keith W. Adams)
Richard Burden .... stunt rigger
Danny Downey .... stunt double: Ian Somerhalder
Michael Gaines .... stunt double
Chris Nielsen .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Lynn Alston .... still photographer
Michael D. Anderson .... electrician (as Mike Anderson)
Paul Bode .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Douglas Busby .... additional second assistant camera
Cynthia Bystrak .... best boy grip
Jacqui Compton .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Jacqui Compton-Jensen)
Harris Done .... camera operator: second unit
Erik Folsom .... best boy electric
Steve Galloway .... video playback
William H. Hobson .... dolly grip (as Bill Hobson)
Michael Hoffer .... key grip (as Mike Hoffer)
Steve Irwin .... 24 frame video playback operator: Playback Technologies
Simon Jayes .... camera operator: "b" camera
Keith A. Jones .... second assistant camera
Ryotaro Kinno .... loader
Rick Lamb .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Eric Leach .... company grip
Tom Lembcke .... company grip
Victor Major .... electrician (as Victor G. Major)
Daniel P. Moore .... video assist operator
Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke .... chief lighting technician (as Raymond Peschke)
Craig Price .... grip
Dee Austin Robertson .... video assist operator
Pablo Santiago-Brandwein .... company grip (as Pablo Santiago)
Michael Scott .... camera operator
Eric Smith .... electrician
Scott Sprague .... electrician
Thomas Vandermillen .... first assistant camera
Niel Williams .... company grip (as Neil Williams)
Casting Department
James Taveras .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Korengold .... set costumer
Riki Lin Sabusawa .... costume supervisor (as Riki Sabusawa)
Lizz Wolf .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Roger Avary .... montage
Richard Flores Jr. .... telecine colorist
Frank Moshier .... post-production coordinator
Timothy Serda .... technical assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Music Department
Roger Avary .... song wrangler
Tim Boland .... mix engineer
Brian Bulman .... music editor: temp music
Andrew Grush .... musician (as John Andrew Grush)
Andrew Grush .... singer (as John Andrew Grush)
Tom Hajdu .... singer
Taylor Haskins .... musician
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Lorelle Holway .... singer
Ed Ma .... musician
Ed Ma .... singer
Leandro Maciel .... mix engineer
Leandro Maciel .... musician
Jason Menkes .... singer
Tom Meredith .... musician
Andy Milburn .... singer
Dan Rabinovich .... musician
George Ramirez .... musician
Tiffany Ryan .... assistant to music supervisor
Andrew Scheps .... mix engineer
Evan Smith .... singer
Adam Steiglitz .... musician
Debbie Tassone .... singer
Colette Thompson .... singer
Stephanie Lynn Urcheck .... music coordinator
Scott Williams .... singer
Transportation Department
Joe Devane .... driver
Bruce Hauer .... driver
William Charles Hauer .... driver (as William C. Hauer)
Steve Humphrey .... transportation coordinator
Steven Hunter .... driver (as Steve Hunter)
Dennis Jorgenson .... driver
Danny Routhicaux .... driver (as Daniel Routhieaux)
Danny Rowe .... transportation captain (as Danny S. Rowe Sr.)
Dusty Saunders .... transportation consultant
Vincent Talamantes .... driver
Fred C. Tepstein .... driver (as Frede Tepstein)
James E. Vargas .... driver
Ted Visser .... driver
Daniel Davis .... driver: base camp generator (uncredited)
Other crew
Emily Aaronson .... production assistant
Gala Avary .... assistant: Mr. Avary
Ever Avery .... diversion
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Nicholas Brandt .... production assistant (as Nick Brandt)
Jake Donohoe .... post-production accountant
Caroline Dunlop .... production assistant (as Caroline Rutter)
Tau Flagg .... production assistant
Christopher K. Grap .... assistant production coordinator
Doris Hellmann .... production accountant
Matthew Hirsch .... production coordinator
Michael Judd .... production assistant
Michael J. Kelly .... assistant location manager
Jeff Lane .... production assistant
Rosemary Lara .... assistant: Mr. Paseornek
Danny Lee .... business affairs coordinator
Wayne Levin .... head of business/legal affairs: Lions Gate
Amy Lloyd .... production assistant
Kelly Lofstrom .... business and legal affairs assistant
Daniel MacArthur .... production assistant: Lions Gate
Robert Mazaraki .... assistant production coordinator (as Robert Newlin-Mazaraki)
Robert M. Melnik .... senior vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate Films
Itay Mevorakh .... production assistant
Ryan Miningham .... production assistant
Meredith Morton .... assistant: Mr. Shapiro
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Udo Pfeiffer .... intern
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant
Sol Rivera .... craft service
Lee Robertson .... production assistant
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Lisa G. Shillingburg .... first assistant accountant
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Donna Sloan .... vice president of production: Lions Gate
John Starr .... craft service
David Thornsberry .... location manager
Jenna Kaye Thornsberry .... assistant production coordinator
Scott Tuft .... production assistant
Angelo Vacco .... voice actor
Anthony Woods .... set medic
Bruce Campbell .... special thanks
Don Coscarelli .... special thanks
Ron Jeremy .... special thanks (as Ron Jeremy Hyatt)

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Additional Details

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Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use, language and violent images (edited for re-rating)
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In 2010, Kip Pardue returned to the role of Victor Ward for the short film, Inspired by Bret Easton Ellis (2010).See more »
Continuity: At the end of the world party when Sean puts the whiskey bottle on the end table it has the cap on, even though he had just been drinking from it.See more »
[first lines]
Lauren: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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Movie Connections:
References The Shining (1980)See more »
Anna BeginsSee more »


What is meant to be said before and after the opening and closing dialogues?
Does the move go from spring to winter, or are the events in a more random order?
Was "The End of the World" party scene really filmed on September 11th, 2001?
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87 out of 118 people found the following review useful.
Pointless but then, that's the point!, 9 December 2002
Author: DeviousMrBlonde from Germany (originally Ireland)

This movie will leave you feeling so empty. There are no likeable characters and no standard storyline construction (there is no beginning, middle or end as such). But, you see, that's the point. This certainly will not be everybody's "cup of coffee" so to speak. Too many people like their movies to wrap everything up at the end and have everything explained to them and for Lassie to save the day. If you are one of these people then don't bother. On the other hand if you like a movie to challenge you then I am sure you will find ROA superb.

Based on the book of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis it is probably THE best book to film adaptation I have ever seen. It captures Ellis' tone perfectly. Take some morally corrupt but beautiful people and show how much of a waste they are. Nobody ever listens to one another and everybody is out for number one. They are all selfish, greedy, and self centred. You are given not one character to like. It is a dark dark comedy about the corruption of excess and moral vacuum left behind. It is in my humble opinion brilliant. You will physically feel that vacuum in your stomach after watching the movie. These people and their actions are the perfect allegory for our ME culture. One significant difference from the book is the timeline which is updated to more current times from the books 80's context.

Roger Ebert went to see this twice because he was unsure how he felt about it. In the end he felt it was too unrealistic with regard to the nudity and attitude to it and he couldn't reconcile with the fact that there was no one to like in it. In response he received many letters from students saying that this is exactly how it is on campuses in the US, that this is what they do every weekend. That might give you an indication of the level of reality achieved here… and also an idea of the culture gap. This is another movie where older people may just not get it. When I read Ebert's review his main criticism's centred on the characters but personally I found myself throughout the movie saying for almost all characters `I know someone like that'.

Go see it, but be prepared to feel nothing. It's decadent. It's great!

P.S. I haven't read the other reviews but if you are silly enough to compare this to American Pie or such nonsense then you are WAAAAAY off the mark.

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