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The Rules Of Attraction [Blu-ray]

James Van der Beek , Shannyn Sossamon , Thomas Ian Nicholas    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Van der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Kip Pardue, Jessica Biel, Clifton Collins Jr
  • Directors: Thomas Ian Nicholas
  • Producers: tomandandy
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q94TQU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,712 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Roger Avery's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' dark and controversial novel about a group of amoral, and wealthy, East Coast college students. Sean (James Van der Beek) lusts after the unapproachable Lauren (Shannyn Sossaman); Lauren is seeing Victor (Kip Pardue), a handsome and egotistical ladies' man; Victor is also secretly seeing Lauren's room-mate Lara (Jessica Biel); Lauren's ex, Paul (Ian Somerhalder), has become smitten by Sean; and affable Rupert (Clifton Collins Jr) has become the campus drug dealer, readily supplying his classmates with cocaine. Soon their lives move into a more serious gear as Sean finds himself dealing drugs in order to pay debts and encouraging Paul to become one of his customers.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something completely different..... 31 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Film fans may already recognise Bret Easton Ellis as the man behind American Psycho. People expecting more of the same may find this film a little more restrained than his previous adaption but this doesn't reduce the impact of the film. Basically, it follows the various relationships and activities of several students on a college campus. Before you say "Oh no, not another American Pie", this film's humour is much darker and subtler in tone. The direction of the film is unusual as well, rather than just following a linear path, it jumps backwards and forwards, allowing you to see each characters (often very different) perspective on the action. Probably not the sort of film for anyone who wants a good post night-out comedy but an excellent drama with a black humour to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rules of Attraction 15 Mar 2004
This film grabbed me straight away I couldn't belive what I was Watching not only is this one the best films I've watched in a long time but its also one of the most original films I've watched in a long time. Most teen college flicks steer away from drug use, date rape, Homosexuality and suicide, but this film puts it all in front of you right from the get go. I was very suprised to see James Van Der Beek in this film as I saw him as a Freddie Prinze Jnr style Actor,but I have alot more respect for him now as he does the Bateman Thousand yard stare just as good Christian Bale and potrays Shaun Bateman aswell as any other actor could,also the directing is sweet Roger Avary has done one of the best jobs to create an atmosphere for this film that keeps you engrossed all the way through it. Watch this film I bought it without even seeing it and I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
When I saw this film I was neither a fan of Bret Easton Ellis or of James Van Der Beek. However, having seen a snippet of 'The Rules Of Attraction' in a local paper I thought I'd hunt it out. It took a couple of months after release before it appeared at my local cinema which to me didn't bode well as I imagined some completely arty film which I wouldn't understand. Rarely am I impressed by a film, but with this one I watched in rapture at this beautiful yet disturbed love triangle unwind, pieces of cinematic genius weaved throughout. It is however true that the book outdoes the film. I've read the first three of Easton's novels now and they are truely not to be missed. There is no finer '80s New York novel writer, and no writer I've read, who has put the feelings of the X'ers so eloquently as him. Bravo for the film that has tackled so many issues, and been so brave in using such new and incredible cinematic devices. But, watch the film then read the novels and see what more you can glean from them - there are certainly misrepresentations in the film. It is still however a work of beauty, truth and genius.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Brilliant 8 Dec 2011
This is such a great film, realistic, moving, gritty, quirky, tragic, funny and perfect execution by director Roger Avery. The reverse sequence is pure class and must have taken some putting together as is the 'holiday' sequence, not going to give too much away but this film is well worth watching again and again and again, 8.5 out of 10. NOTE: DO NOT buy the UK DVD as it's cut - the US Region 1 and all other European versions are intact.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated guilty pleasure 25 July 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Roger Avery approaches the material with a funny, light, high energy touch, not
asking us to take Brett Easton Ellis's nihilism too seriously.

Consequently, a film where every character is deeply flawed and
narcissistic is never boring, and often full of a visceral energy. It
even has moments where it becomes moving. And many of the
showy style tricks work perfectly with the excesses of the story.

Yes, on a few occasional the style is distracting, and a few elements are too familiar
and on the nose (Faye Dunaway and Swoozie Kurtz as boozy moms who
choose not to see how screwed up their kids are, the extra shallow
treatment of the gay character. etc).

I can understand how this might put some viewers off.
But I felt like this didn't get a fair shake from critics. I enjoyed
watching it, was never bored, and was even made to think. How many
Hollywood films can you say that about?

Fun soundtrack and a good Tomandandy score too.

You may love it, you may hate it, but it's inventive and brave
enough to decide for yourself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK BECOMES A GREAT MOVIE... 6 Feb 2007
First time I saw this movie I thought it was a load of rubbish. Then a year later, after spending some time living at York university I was stunned by how accurate the movie had been depicting college life on campus.

Having read the book as well now I really think its one of the most under valued films in American cinema.

According to the BBFC website the British DVD is cut by one second during the suicide scene. But its only a fleeting shot, less than a second even, showing how a character slits their wrists, apparently the BBFC doesn't want us to know how to 'do it properly'.

I bought a region one copy out of curiosity to and see what all the fuss was about, and let me tell you it makes no difference at all to the scene in question. However the region one version has been re-dited completey differently in other scenes to ensure an R rating, especially the notorious opening 'vomit/rape scene'! These edits completely destroy the shock value of these scenes and for that reason its well worth sticking to the region two version. (although if you are a massive fan like me it may well be worth owning both copies as the region one also contains an additional audio commentary).

The movie itself is really fun, and Brett Easton Ellis' humour from the book really comes across well. Far better than American Psycho.

And the I've seen the Victor section of the movie make many a jaw drop!!!

10 out of 10.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
I bought this as I really like Ian somerhalder, it was very strange and seemed cheaply made. I would maybe give it another watch though.
Published 5 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!!!!!!!
I now have 645 girlfriends and I love no.123 because she is so sexy I absaloutly love her xxxxx xxx
Published 8 months ago by pen name
3.0 out of 5 stars was alright wouldnt watch again
all abit to trippy for me and a very graphic opening.
i did like the sequencing and reverse play scenes but all in all it was trying to be too ' scene'
Published 13 months ago by G. Byrne
1.0 out of 5 stars I was wishing there'd be a massacre as the characters are so...
No one in this film has any redeeming features, they're all awful people - especially the 'innocent' (she does drugs and does things with her professor!) person. Read more
Published 16 months ago by raven_guest
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Great Film, It has a good twist and is likely to be aimed at teenagers. I accidentally bought the wrong 'region' but I managed to get it to play on my laptop so that's alright.
Published 23 months ago by F Wells
3.0 out of 5 stars The Rules of Attraction
Based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton and the director Roger Avary comes a film adaptation about the lives of three Camden College students Paul Denton(Ian Somerhalder),... Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by Junior
5.0 out of 5 stars astonishing movie
Well first off I wasn't sure weither or not to get this movie, I watched the trailer and it didn't look that good, the reason I got this film is because it has ian somerhalder in... Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by Miranda
2.0 out of 5 stars love the movie BUT BAD Blu-Ray Transfer :-(
one of my favourite movies of all time BUT the DVD version looks almost exactly the same on my 46 inch LCD telly as this blu-ray. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by Alex Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky Favourite...
First of all I just want to say I'm not obsessed about this movie but I saw it at the cinema originally, then purchased it on dvd. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2010 by Moviefan67
5.0 out of 5 stars Very decent Blu-ray picture quality
This Blu-ray has been a pleasant surprise to me. Picture (1080p/AVC MPEG-4) quality is very good and not plagued by any digital tinkering to speak of. Read more
Published on 17 April 2010 by gaattc
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