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The Rules Of Attraction [DVD] [2003]

James Van Der Beek , Ian Somerhalder , Roger Avary    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue
  • Directors: Roger Avary
  • Writers: Roger Avary, Bret Easton Ellis
  • Producers: Greg Shapiro, James Deutch, Jeremiah Samuels, Marc Butan, Marsha Oglesby
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video (Icon)
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087JHP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,855 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From the corrupt minds that brought you American Psycho (Brett Easton Ellis) and Pulp Fiction (Roger Avary) comes The Rules of Attraction, a razor-sharp, sordid movie about sex, drugs and hedonism on an American college campus. James van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), Ian Somerhalder (Changing Hearts) and Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale) star in this scathingly insightful satire on life and love among the young and privileged. This is the domain of the Camden College, a small, affluent, liberal arts college somewhere in New England. With endless rounds of drug, alcohol and sex-drenched campus parties, attended by sparsely dressed Camden students, life is one big drug-induced trip. But human nature determines that in a highly imperfect world, the rules of attraction always apply … and among the co-eds at Camden College, the first rule is – there are no rules.

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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a weak link! 7 Jan 2004
A convincing screeplay well brought to life by superb direction. All the main roles are played out solidly and each character has something equally as important as the next to bring to the film.
Amoungst the many excellent scenes in this superb film are certain moments that I as a film fan I will never forget. I don't want to ruin these moments but suffice to say the character named Dick, Hugo's european trip, and one of the saddest scenes in film history (in my opinoin).
Abouve all Van-Der Beek deserves credible mention for his incredible performance. One of the best film treats of the last year! Recommended to fans of Tarintinos! P.s, could this be the best opening to a film ever? Completely original.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this film!!! 13 Feb 2004
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As with American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction by the same brilliant author Brett Eastern Ellis draws you in right from the opening scenes. The film cleverly replays the same moments giving a different perspective through the eyes of all the main characters. Its a typical B.E.E. tale of sex drugs and spoilt brats in the 80's but has been perfectly adapted to the big screen. The casting was great, all of them bringing a real depth to their role making the film funny, sad, disturbing and memorable. Isn't it time someone did the same for Glamourama!
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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 8 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 10 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 15 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 18 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 on 15 Aug 2012 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Brilliant
This is such a great film, realistic, moving, gritty, quirky, tragic, funny and perfect execution by director Roger Avery. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by The Chief
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated guilty pleasure
Roger Avery approaches the material with a funny, light, high energy touch, not
asking us to take Brett Easton Ellis's nihilism too seriously. Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by K. Gordon
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
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