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Rules of Attraction

The Rules of Attraction

3.6 19
Director: Roger Avary, James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon

Cast: Roger Avary, James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon


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Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel about the sexual, emotional, and chemical interactions of a group of wealthy and amoral college students is brought to the screen in this adaptation from writer and director Roger Avery. Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek) is a student at Camden College, a well-respected private school on the East Coast


Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel about the sexual, emotional, and chemical interactions of a group of wealthy and amoral college students is brought to the screen in this adaptation from writer and director Roger Avery. Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek) is a student at Camden College, a well-respected private school on the East Coast. Sean is attracted to Lauren Hynde (Shannyn Sossamon), a high minded and seemingly unapproachable coed, while Lauren is infatuated with Victor (Kip Pardue), a handsome but self-centered ladies' man. Lauren's empty-headed roommate, Lara (Jessica Biel), is also attracted to Victor, while he has no qualms about being involved with both. Lauren used to date affected snob Paul Denton (Ian Somerhalder), but Paul, a bisexual, currently lusts after Sean. Meanwhile, friendly campus drug dealer Rupert (Clifton Collins Jr.) finds a ready market for cocaine among his classmates; Sean, a steady customer, finds himself financially embarrassed and begins dealing drugs to help pay off his debts, while leading Paul on for his ready supply of marijuana. The Rules of Attraction also features Eric Stoltz as Mr. Lance Lawson, Faye Dunaway and Swoosie Kurtz as semi-concerned parents, and Fred Savage as one of Sean's customers.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Based on a novel by Less than Zero author Bret Easton Ellis, this skillfully made drama pulls off the neat trick of making its viewers care about self-absorbed young people whose behavior borders on the reprehensible. It’s not easy to work up much enthusiasm for shallow, selfish, and greedy college kids, but writer-director Roger Avary (Killing Zoe) enables us to do so by virtue of his compelling narrative. Rules primarily concerns itself with the interaction of four people. To begin with, there’s slick young drug dealer Sean (James Van Der Beek), who desperately wants to bed chic coed Lauren (Shannyn Sossamon), who once dated Paul (Ian Somerhalder), a bisexual who once dated Victor (Kip Pardue), another bisexual who would like to date Lauren. These circuitous couplings take place largely at Camden College, the ultimate party school, where on-campus soirées frequently turn into orgies and nobody is ever seen to crack a book. Avary keeps us from sinking into this vast sea of debauchery by fiddling with the story’s timeline, first exploring one story thread, then "rewinding" back to the starting point to follow another, and even "fast forwarding" to embellish a third. His direction is muscular and energetic -- so much so that you’ll be thoroughly caught up in what could easily have been a dreary, pointless depiction of directionless, emotionally stunted, substance-abusing, compulsive fornicators. The DVD edition features a "revolving door" commentary by various cast members and production people, along with a Sundance Channel "Anatomy of a Scene" featurette and a preview of Avary’s film Glitterati.
Entertainment Weekly
A party-hearty teen flick that scalds like acid. Owen Gleiberman
Village Voice
Avary's crisp adaptation imbues the copious bad sex and general befuddlement of Bret Easton Ellis's solemn, echt '80s Bennington novel with a playfully obnoxious energy that is often funny and ... almost fun. J. Hoberman

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Lions Gate
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[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Five "Revolving Door" commentary tracks by the cast and crew; Bonus commentary by mystery guest!; Trailers & promos

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Van Der Beek Sean Bateman
Ian Somerhalder Paul Denton
Shannyn Sossamon Lauren Hynde
Jessica Biel Lara
Kip Pardue Victor
Thomas Ian Nicholas Mitchell
Kate Bosworth Kelly
Fred Savage Marc
Eric Stoltz Mr. Lance Lawson
Clifton Collins Rupert
Faye Dunaway Mrs. Owen
Swoosie Kurtz Mrs. Jared
Ron Jeremy Actor
Jay Baruchel Actor
Clare Kramer Actor
Eric Szmanda NYU Film Student
Chase Hampton Townie
Curtis Anderson Guy Rolling Keg
Quincey Evans Dicky
Skyler Stone Quinlivan
Kavan Reece Handsome Dunce
Theresa Wayman Food Service Girl
Michael Ralph Guest
Noelle Evans Crack Whore
Anderson Goncalves Bertrand
Joel Michaely Raymond
Colin Bain Donald
Lucille M. Oliver Young Nurse
Paul Williams Duty Doctor
Drew Wood Jim From Dartmouth
Malcolm Galt Hacky Sack Guy
Russell Sams Richard
Cheyenne Wilbur Maitre D'
Ron Jeremy Hyatt At the Player Piano
Hayley Keenan Claudia
Holly Hollywood Undressed to Get Screwed
Amber Smith Undressed to Get Screwed
Alaina Undressed to Get Screwed
Trisha Upton Undressed to Get Screwed
Warren Bloom Singer
Tom Hajdu Singer
Lorelle Holway Singer
Jason Menkes Singer
Andy Milburn Singer
Evan Lionel Smith Singer
Debbie Tassone Singer
Colette Thompson Singer
Scott Williams Singer

Technical Credits
Roger Avary Director,Cinematographer,Executive Producer,Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Boland Sound Mixer
Felipe Borrero Sound Mixer
Robert Brinkmann Cinematographer
Marc Butan Executive Producer
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
James Deutch Executive Producer
Michael Dueñas Special Effects
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Samuel Hadida Executive Producer
Amy Harmon Makeup
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Simon Jayes Camera Operator
Michael Kamper Sound/Sound Designer
Garth Majors Special Effects
Dawn Massaro Asst. Director
Andy Milburn Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Montgomery Casting
Marsha Oglesby Executive Producer
Tom Ortenberg Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Sharon Marie Rutter Editor
Jeremiah Samuels Executive Producer
Andrew Scheps Sound Mixer
Michael Scott Camera Operator
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
Greg Shapiro Producer
Harry J. Smith Special Effects
Mollie Stallman Asst. Director
Christopher Tandon Art Director
Tomandandy Score Composer
Mario Vanillo Special Effects
Christina Wilson Set Decoration/Design
Leonel Zapien Special Effects


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The Rules of Attraction 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most realistic dating movies I've seen, albeit depressing. Love triangle does not begin to describe this college based romantic comedy in which everyone can feel the love in the air, but no one can agree on its direction. The movie follows fairly closely to the story set out by the book, both of which are over the top and exaggerated, but closer to realistic dating than most romantic comedies. If I had to pick a favorite dating movie, this would be it. Books would be a toss up between this and 'Christmas at Sibyl's'. Great performances by James Van Der Beek, Shannon Sossamon and Clifton Collins Jr. and an interesting bit part role for Fred Savage make this a truly memorable movie.
RaphaelM More than 1 year ago
Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an okay movie but it wasnt really anything like the book. I suggest you read the book to get a much better plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was a lot going on - maybe too many characters and plots squeezed into too short a film, which worked really well in novel form, but not so well on screen. Bits of it are entertaining, and always good to see ex Dawsons Creeky behaving in a sinister fashion! Overall though, not worth the cultish status it seems it was aiming to reach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best i really enjoyed watching it ....
Guest More than 1 year ago
At times this movie can be a little over the top and somewhat overwhelming but overall is a good watch. The best scenes are the ones that involve the character of Paul, espescially the hospital one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie simply tried too hard. Kinda ironic, it tried to be edgy, contemporary, and different, and yet it wound up being predictable and self important. The acting was TERRIBLE- the actors never inhabited the characters. Skip this movie and rent another instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absloutely would have to give this movie 5 stars, it was flat out excellent. A milestone in any movie lover's dreams. The character who played ''Richard'' aka Dick was hilarious. Please you have to see it, I could watch it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A really great film for people who like really great films. It is a very dark and cynical portrayal of a young and wealthy college man (James Van der Beek) who is afflicted with some kind of anti-social or psychopathic disorder, and who sees himself as a sexual predator. He eventually ends up falling in love along the way. Think ''Requiem for a Dream'' meets ''Cruel Intentions''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'ts hard to explain the feeling you get after watching this movie. You feel some kind of suspense, but you can't help but laugh every once and a while. And by the way to whom ever gave it a 1 star....why did you even bother to make a comment if you hated it so much?? Was it to dark?? Didn't understand the complex?? or did you just not like it because you knew that Britney Spears couldn't capture the entire text with her pea brain, so ya just had to follow your leader.......?
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is like legit my fav movie. i loved it. its so sick and twisted
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen American Psycho and loved this movie even more. I liked the director and the movie was hilarious. You gotta see it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of Bret Easton Ellis's published novels. I loved the screen adaptation of American Psycho. This movie is simply amazing and imitates the book on cue. It is hillariously funny as the book is. Must own if you love movies like fight club, formula 51, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I sit here even hours past watching this movie, I still have yet to see its point. The humor was minimal, the ending didn't even end, and the ''point'' was missing. It was a waste of my time. Time I will never get back. Do not make the same mistake as me and watch this movie. It sucked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is both a great adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name and a great film in its own right. Director Roger Avary shows a thorough understanding of Ellis' world, and the actors carry out their parts with precision. I highly recommend it.
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