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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.



(novel), (screenplay)
4,748 ( 66)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sean Bateman
... Lauren Hynde
... Lara
... Victor
... Kelly
... Paul Denton
... Raymond
... Harry
... Mitchell
... Rupert
... Candice
... Mrs. Denton
... Mrs. Jared
... Richard
... Donald


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Past Perfect. Present Tense. Future Uncertain. See more »


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)  »

Also Known As:

Pravila privlačnosti  »

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Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roger Avary wanted the writing credit to read "Written by Bret Easton Ellis and Roger Avary," even though Ellis had no involvement with the movie whatsoever. Avary wanted this as he felt he had only translated Ellis to the screen. The writer's guild steadfastly refused to allow this. 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 »


[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 »


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Weird mess
24 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Rules of Attraction is definitely an interesting movie. One of the most interesting things about it was that my whole view of the movie changed after I had seen it and I saw on IMDb it was based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Everything weird about this movie suddenly made way more sense when you know it's written by the same guy who wrote Less Than Zero and American Psycho. Also helped when I actually remembered ho Roger Avary is.

But knowing the minds behind the movie doesn't help me like it any more.

I started watching this movie only because of Clifton Collins Jr and the fact that I haven't seen him enough - only in one TV Show and one movie, where he only has a small role. Since he was there for, what, three scenes, I didn't exactly get what I wanted out of this movie, and it didn't manage to surprise me positively. Ultimately there was a certain to this movie that I found interesting, something that reminds me of few of my favourite movies about people as old (or young) as these characters.

However that was fleeting since most of the movie seemed to be annoying relationship, sex and romance drama that I didn't actually give a damn about. And still when the movie's summaries talk about a love triangle, I feel like it wasn't even about that. That had so little to do with everything else that was going on. I can't say if the novel is long or not, but I feel there is too much packed into this movie.

I liked many details about this movie. The soundtrack was good, the inner monologues were interesting, the cinematography... well it honestly made me think Clifton Collins Jr was going to jump through the screen and kill me, also I never knew I'd see James Van Der Beek's O-face that close... But the entirety just felt fake artsy and like a really weird mess. When you know who's behind it, it kind of explains that. It makes more sense, but it doesn't make it better

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