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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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Sean Bateman
Lauren Hynde
Paul Denton
Mrs. Denton
Mrs. Jared
Mr. Lawson
A Junkie Named Marc
NYU Film Student
Handsome Dunce
Food Service Girl
Duty Doctor
Quincy Evans ...
Young Nurse
Drew Wood ...
Jim from Dartmouth
Guy Rolling Keg (as Curtis Anderson)
Malcolm Galt ...
Hacky Sack Guy
Noelle Evans ...
Crack Whore
Maitre D'
At the Player Piano (as Ron Jeremy Hyatt)
Undressed to Get Screwed
Amber Smith ...
Undressed to Get Screwed
Alaina ...
Undressed to Get Screwed
Trisha Uptown ...
Undressed to Get Screwed
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
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:
Party Guy (uncredited)
Girl at Keg (uncredited)
Giovanni Capitello ...
College Student (uncredited)
C. Robert Cargill ...
Bus Station Townie (uncredited)
Cory Elgin ...
Student (uncredited)
Cris Gurtman ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Lucky Party Goer (uncredited)
Sorority Girl (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Matthew Lang ...
Getch (uncredited)
Self (uncredited)
Stevo Polyi ...
Bong-Boy (uncredited)
Tommy Ritter ...
The Keg Guy (uncredited)
Dumb Guy From LA (uncredited)
Dutch Model (uncredited)
Masked Naked Girl at Party (uncredited)
Brian Villarante ...
Diner Patron (uncredited)
Rowland Wafford ...
Man with Bong on Rupert's Couch (uncredited)
Self (uncredited)

Directed by

Roger Avary

Written by

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

Music by


Cinematography by

Robert Brinkmann

Film Editing by

Sharon Rutter

Editorial Department

Roger Avary ... montage
Richard Flores Jr. ... telecine colorist
Donald Freeman ... colorist
Frank Moshier ... post-production coordinator
Timothy Serda ... technical assistant editor
Mike Stanwick ... color timer

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 ... 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 / supervising sound editor
James Moriana ... foley artist
Unsun Song ... sound recordist
Aaron Wilcox ... facilities management / 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 / 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)
Dan Moore ... video assist operator (as Daniel P. Moore)
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)
Lily Scott ... costumer
Lizz Wolf ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

Michael J. Kelly ... assistant location manager
David Thornsberry ... location manager

Music Department

Roger Avary ... song wrangler
Tim Boland ... mix engineer
Brian Bulman ... music editor: temp music
Andrew Grush ... musician (as John Andrew Grush) / singer (as John Andrew Grush)
Tom Hajdu ... singer
Taylor Haskins ... musician
Joel C. High ... music supervisor
Lorelle Holway ... singer
Ed Ma ... musician / singer
Leandro Maciel ... mix engineer / 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

Script and Continuity Department

Scott Peterson ... script supervisor

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
Jerry Talamantes ... driver (as Vincent Talamantes)
Fred C. Tepstein ... driver (as Frede Tepstein)
James E. Vargas ... driver
Ted Visser ... driver
Daniel Davis ... driver: base camp generator (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Emily Aaronson ... production assistant
Ever Avary ... diversion (as Ever Avery)
Gala Avary ... assistant: Mr. Avary
Cassandra Barbour ... rights and clearances
Nicholas David 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
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
Udo Pfeiffer ... intern
Emily Rice ... post-production accountant
Sol Rivera ... craft service
Lee Robertson ... production assistant
Laura Sevier ... rights & clearances
Lisa G. Shillingburg ... first assistant accountant
Michael Singer ... unit publicist
Donna Sloan ... vice president of production: Lions Gate
John Starr ... craft service
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)

Production Companies




Special Effects


Other Companies



Plot Summary

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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Taglines We all run on instinct. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Die Regeln des Spiels (Germany)
  • Les lois de l'attraction (France)
  • Las reglas del juego (Spain)
  • Pravila privlačnosti (Croatia)
  • Żyć szybko, umierać młodo (Poland)
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  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,532,410, 13 Oct 2002
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,273,298, 21 Nov 2002

Did You Know?

Trivia Lionsgate tested the film at a mall in conservative Orange County, as they saw the film as a teen comedy. Director Roger Avary saw the film as "the assassination of teen comedies." The test screening was reportedly horrible, with dozens of walkouts and people shouting "fag film" at the screen as they left. Regardless, Lionsgate insisted on marketing the film as a teen comedy and opening it in wide-release. See more »
Goofs Although the location for the film is a fictional northeast college called Camden, there are two palm trees that can be seen in the parking lot of the hospital scene. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Glitterati (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Anna Begins See more »
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 »
Quotes Victor: [summarizing his vacation] Took a charter flight on a DC-10 to London. Landed at Heathrow. Took a cab to the city center. Don't let people lie to you: hostels are for the ugly. I'm staying in Home House, the most beautiful hotel in the world. Called a friend from school who was selling hash, but she wasn't in. Met a couple of Brits who take me to, of all places, Camden Street. I flirt a bit at the Virgin Megastore, buy some CDs, then follow some girls with pink hair. I wandered around trying to get laid, until it started to rain, then went back to Home House. Ministry of Sound is dead, so I go to Remform - but it's Gay Night. I find the one hetero girl in the place and we dry hump on the dance floor. We cab it back to Home House. I strip her clothes off, suck her toes, and we fuck. I hung out for four or five days. Met the world's biggest DJ, Paul Oakenfold. Kept missing the Changing of the Guards. Wrote my mom a postcard I never sent. Bought some speed from an Italian junkie who was trying to sell me a stolen bike. Smoked a lot of hash that had too much tobacco in it. Saw the Tate. Saw Big Ben. Ate a lot of weird English food. It rained a lot, it was expensive, and I'm jonesing... So, I split for Amsterdam. The Dutch all know English, so I didn't have to speak any Dutch - which was a relief. I cruise the Red Light District. Visit a sex show. Visit a sex museum. Smoke a lot of hash. I meet a Dutch TV actress and we drink absinthe at a bar called Absinthe. The museums were cool, I guess. Lots of Van Goghs and the Vermeers were intense. Wandered around. Bought a lot of pastries. Ate some intense waffles. We bought some coke and I cruised the Red Light District, until I found some blonde with big tits that reminds me of Lara. I gave her a hundred guilders. In the end, she pulls me out, and I cum between her tits, even though I'm wearing a rubber. Afterward we made small-talk about AIDS, her Moroccan pimp, and herself. I wake to the sound of a wino singing. It's 8 AM and hot as blazes. I pretend to ice-skate around Central Station, while someone plays the sax. Trade songs with a Kiwi girl... Then split for Paris by train. Wander the Champs-Elysees. Climb the Eiffel Tower for only seven francs, because the ticket machine was broken. Got the hang of the Metro, took it everywhere. Went to a Ford model party and hooked up with a Romanian model named Karina. She chugs my cock at the Mariott Champs-Elysees, which is good. We played billiards, went shopping. I think she gave me mono. Drove a Ferrari that belonged to a member of the Saudi royal family. Made out with a Dutch model in front of the Louvre. Saw the Arc de Triomphe and almost became road-kill crossing the street... "Oakie" invites me to Dublin, so I catch an Aer Lingus flight and stay at the Morrison. Dublin rocks like you can't imagine. Oakenfold lets me spin some discs with him. Irish girls are as small as leprechauns. I swap hickeys with a drunk woman. After groping my abs and calling me "Mr. L.A.", she strips for me in the bath room of the club. Sneak into the Guinness factory and steal some stout so good my dick goes hard... I fly to Barcelona, which was a low-rent bust. Too many fat American students. Too many lame meat markets. I dropped acid at the Sagrada Familia, which was a trip to say the least. Cruise up the coast to the Museo Gala Dali, but had no more acid, which sucked. Some girl from Camden calls me on my cell, so I let her listen to the church bells in Cadaques. Canta Cruz is beautiful, but there are no girls here, just old hippies... So, I went to Switzerland where I, ironically, couldn't find anyone who had the time. Took the Glacier Express up the Schilthorn, which is beautiful in a way I can't describe... Euro Pass into Italy and ended up in Venice, where I met a hot girl who looks like Rachael Leigh Cook and speaks better English than I do. She's living for a year on only five dollars a day. We gondola around, buy some masks. She think's I'm a capitalist, because my hotel room costs more for one night than she's spending her entire trip. But she doesn't mind it so much when I pay the bills... I ditch her and hook up with a couple who obviously want a 3-some. Too much tension there, but the doofus offers to drive me to Rome, an offer I jump at. Traffic is bad and we're stopped for hours without moving. The wife turns out to be a freak. The guy starts to wig out on me. It's like a Polanski film... We stop for a while in Florence, where I see some big dome. A bomb goes off and I lose the weird couple, which is probably for the best... Ended up in Rome, which is big and hot and dirty. It was just like L.A., but with ruins. I went to the Vatican, which was ridiculously opulent. Stood for two hours to get into the Sistine Chapel, which - now that it's been cleaned - looks fake. I meet two under-age Italian girls who I try to talk into fucking each other while I jack off onto them. Bored, I buy them some ice cream instead. My hotel has a gym, so I work out. I bump into some guy from Camden who says he knows me, but I'm sure that he's a fag, so I lose him. I try to fart and instead shit my pants. Back in my hotel room, I masturbate and have a pain in my groin. That night, I dream about a beautiful girl, half in water, stretching her lean body. She asks me if I like it and I tell her she can clean fish with it. I don't know what it means, but I wake well-rested, masturbate in the shower, and check out... I make my way back to London and hang out in Piccadilly Circus. Hmm. Palakon. I swap shirts with some upper-crusty Cambridge chick. Hers was an Agnes B., mine a Costume Nationale. She acts stuffy and prudish, but is really wild underneath it all. She barely looks at my abs, though she wants to. The next day, I drop some acid and get lost in the subway for a full day and can't find my way out. I meet a cute girl who lets me jack off onto her as long as no cum gets onto her Paul Smith coat. We get stoned while listening to Michael Jackson records and the next morning I wake up talking to myself. I have a big bump on my head from flailing in my sleep. I get my stuff and barely make my plane back to the United States... I no longer know who I am and I feel like the ghost of a total stranger.
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