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
Roger Avary says about Shannyn Sossamon's Lauren Hynde character that "she doesn't want to just lose her virginity, she has a dream about how she wants to lose it. Whether it be her dreamy Victor or even Sean Bateman... She wants to feel complete, to know what sex fully is. To have that shared moment with a man. By the end of the movie, after the serial betrayals, she's aged a decade in just a semester. Who has she become? I'm not sure. This movie isn't about answers, it is about transformations. The changes." See more »
When Lara does a hand stand while talking to Lauren, her shirt covers her stomach even though she rolled it up before she started. See more »
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 »
The version released on video/DVD in the UK was heavily cut (even with an 18 cert) for the suicide sequence:
To obtain this category cuts of 1m 34s were required., some or all of these cuts were substitutions. The cuts were Compulsory.
A cut was required to a scene in which a teenage girl slits her wrists, on the grounds that the technique used is not widely known and is potentially more likely to result in death than the more common method, in line with the Video Recordings Act 1984, and BBFC Guidelines and Policy
Sei Dein Eigener Held
(D.I.S.C.O. Radio Mix)
Performed by Jens Albert (as Jens "Der Wolf" Albert)
Written by Stephan Baader, Michael Kersting (as Michael Bernard Kersting) and Jens Albert (as Albert Jens)
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP) o/b/o Musik-Edition Discoton GmbH and Click Musikverlag
Courtesy of Click Music/Diablo Music
Under Exclusive License to Mercury Records GmbH
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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