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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.

Director:

Roger Avary

Writers:

Bret Easton Ellis (novel), Roger Avary (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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

Genres:

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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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pravila privlačnosti See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According the director, the movie played very differently in certain markets than in others. "I went to several screenings of the film all over the SoCal area. In Orange County, the split-screen marriage shot elicited groans, whereas in Venice the audience applauded." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

At least one broadcast on British TV removed the girl's suicide entirely, cutting the scene just before she begins slitting her wrist, straight to the subsequent close-up of the dripping tap. This removed the girl's reaction, and caused a very abrupt fade-out of the music. This is far more than the BBFC removed (only the close up of the wrist-slitting) from the DVD/ Home video version. See more »


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Performed by Public Image Ltd. (as Public Image Limited)
Written by John Lydon and Bill Laswell (as William Laswell)
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) o/b/o Rotten Music Ltd. (PRS)/More Cut Music (BMI)
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Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/Virgin Records Ltd.
Under License from EMI Film & TV Music
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll
19 April 2003 | by miamigirl151See all my reviews

Based on Bret Easton Ellis'often-overlooked second novel,The Rules of Attraction is written and directed by Roger Avary(pulp fiction, killing zoe. This film has to be the most underrated film of this year. I was expecting just a normal film about rich kids on drugs but i got a piece of art blended in with college life. Avary makes this film fit into a dozen types of film, a satire, drama, black comedy, romance just to name a few.

James Van Der Beek(Varsity blues, standing still) plays a campus drug dealer Sean Bateman( brother of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho)who falls for the innocent virgin Lauren Hynde(Shannyn Sossamon)who is still in love with her ex Victor(Kip Pardue) who is on a trip across Europe getting high every night. Of course nothing turns out how its supposed to be which is the best part about this movie, it's not predictable nor a stupid little teen flick.

This movie is a serious film for anyone who wants to watch real actors and actresses playing their parts. Avary even has the time to fit in special effects of playing scenes backwards and putting in split screens to see the actors and actresses emotions at the same time.

A great movie!


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