- 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 Sept. 2003
- Run Time: 110 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000087JHP
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,873 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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 (Dawsons Creek), Ian Somerhalder (Changing Hearts) and Shannyn Sossamon (A Knights 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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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.
Shot with a hip style but also with a personal and original point of view, in order to balance the fresh and trendy appeal of contemporary language with some more solid writing and sense of cinema.
Not just a music video kind of film, but a mature and still explosive story, seen from different points of view, structured but also warm, someway detached but also emotional, like a kaleidoscope of a very combustible stuff whose tension lies underneath the cover of social code and cliché.
Roger Avary (who wrote Pulp fiction) vision of that generation is seen with the eyes of an ex-student who investigate with fresh curiosity but also with some distance, so his vision is not biased, neither pro or against them.
The film is fully enjoyable and presented on a very good blu ray, starring some young actors in what might be their best role and performance of their careers.
Roger Avary's best film ever and probably the best in years about this subject, maybe inferior only to Paranoid Park and Elephant.
If you haven’t heard of it, you probably have heard of ‘American Psycho.’ It’s an infamous novel (and also later film) written by Brett Easten Ellis about a serial killer in eighties New York by the name of Patrick Bateman. ‘Rules of Attraction’ is also penned by the same dark and brooding author, but this time focuses in on the titular American Psycho’s younger brother, Sean Bateman and his experiences at college.
If you’re expecting something quite so bloodthirsty as American Psycho then you’re certainly going to be disappointed, but, then again, if you’re hoping for something quite light and fluffy, then you’re also looking in the wrong place. Perhaps one of the reasons ‘RoA’ was not well received was because the film was released among a spate of cheeky/raunchy teen comedies such as ‘American Pie’ where a group a loveable teens gets up to hilarious (adult) antics.
That could be – sort of – used to describe RoA, but this time the word ‘lovable’ would not be found here. There are three main characters (Sean being only one) and, just because they’re not dissecting prostitutes like Sean’s older brother, doesn’t make them nice. Therefore, if you’re hoping to relate to any of the central protagonists then you probably won’t. The three of them – despite being pretty unlikable – are all locked in various love triangles and can’t seem to shake them. We’re treated to the different ways they deal with this, none of which I would actually recommend in real life when dealing with the object of your attraction!
Yes, it is pretty dark and you need to know what you’re in for before you watch it. It doesn’t really pull too many punches and, although you may laugh sometimes, it won’t be the same ‘happy laughter’ that probably came out of your belly when you were watching Jason Biggs with a pie. Here it’s black comedy all the way, but if that’s what you’re in the mood for then don’t believe the nay-sayers and give this one a go.
Special nod to the excellent soundtrack!
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James Van Der Beek plays Sean Bateman, Patrick Bateman from American Psycho's little Brother, which is a pretty ccool tie in between the two Brett Easton...Read more
i did like the sequencing and reverse play scenes but all in all it was trying to be too ' scene'