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The Rules of Attraction [Blu-ray]

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Forget everything you thought you knew about higher education. Academy® Award-winning writer/director Roger Avary masterfully takes you back to school and drops you in the middle of the drugged-out, sexed-up lived of some of Camden College's most disaffected students. Meet Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek), a womanizing drug dealer whose quest for a connection brings him face-to-face with Lauren (Shannyn Sossamon), a sensitive virgin looking for love but saving herself for the much sought after Victor (Kip Pardue). All the while Paul Denton (Ian Somerhalder) wants to make a connection of his own...with Sean. This darly funny satire of life, love and the pursuit of socail debauchery is based on the best-selling novel by Bret Easton Ellis.

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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: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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74 of 88 people found the following review helpful By FloozyFlapper1926 on February 16, 2003
Format: DVD
"The Rules of Attraction" is about rich kids, drugs, partying and a glimpse into college life. Since I've unfortunately known people just like this, it definitely scored with me. From beginning to end, this movie is fascinating and I couldn't pull myself away from it. Each scene is great and its a rare film that doesn't bore you. Its a very black comedy yet in many ways it hits on quite a few real issues. Sean is the main character, a drug dealing sociopathic character who falls for a virgin named Lauren who has a boyfriend named Victor. All the while Paul is in love with Sean. It sounds like a simple plot, but in the hands of Roger Avary its compelling. The backwards scenes, the suicide scene, the parties and the character interaction is disturbing yet intriguing. Of course, the book is better but that is generally the case. Still, I liked this better than "American Psycho" for some reason. It just seemed sadly real to me.
My favorite scenes are obnoxious Richard at the restaurant, Sean's excuse to Lauren for sleeping with her friend, the guy going on a debauched trip across Europe and his weird face to face moment with Lauren and the hospital scene.
This is a movie that isn't for everyone. Its a black comedy, but its peopled with strange characters and scenes that will stay with you long after. I loved it!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Sebastien Pharand on July 30, 2003
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The Rules of Attraction might very well be the best comedy I saw in 2002. Yes, read this right. A comedy. I found myself laughing so hard at times that I had to watch the movie twice to make sure I hadn't missed anything. Only the twisted mind of Bret Easton Ellis could create the basis for this film.
On the other hand, this is also a dark, pessimistic film with very little hope in store for its characters. Here, we follow three young people who live their College years through drugs, parties and sex. They are all without an identity, all without a life so to speak. The only thing they love is feeling sorry for themselves and making everything seem worst than it is.
You can't care for these characters in a way that other movies will make you care. And yet, you can't help but feel sorry for this lot of blinded kids. They are so enthralled with their own little world that they forget about everything else that surrounds them in reality.
This is not a movie for that faint of hearts. But this little piece of cinematic genius (some of the shots are so brilliantly done they left me totally speachless) deserves to be seen by a wider audience. If only people could open up and admire something that is this dark and yet so extremely funny, they would discover a whole new cinematic world.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2003
Format: DVD
A well-thought out adaptation, well directed but for those who don't want to get tricked into buying a lesser DVD, an unrated version with a Bret Easton Ellis commentary, deleted scenes and extra teasers will be released a few months later. Check the director Roger Avary's webiste for details on that. This DVD could be much better and will be.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Chilcote-Collins VINE VOICE on April 5, 2004
Format: DVD
THERE REALLY AREN'T ANY RULES THAT AREN'T MEANT TO BE BROKEN... The Rules Of Attraction pulls no punches when it comes to breaking almost EVERY sexual & social more known to man. A not so charming look at college life for the poor, spoiled, upper-middle class at it's seediest & most hedonistic. Suicide, bisexuality, masterbation, pornography, rape, & drug/alcohol abuse abound in this film. Along with some very cool cinematography & decent acting makes this film a great psudo-psycho-sexual shockumentary. Such things as split screens, freeze-frames, running the film backwards, & a very memorable & intense rapid editing scene make you feel as if you have just snorted coke with the cast. Weird and very trippy movie with a GREAT ENDING. This film, of course, will not appeal to all since it's frankness in the above mentioned topics will make some uncomfortable at best. If you can view objectively and appreciate Pulp Fiction, Requiem For A Dream, My Own Private Idaho, & other films in genres such as this, then you will appreciate this film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bowery boy on July 30, 2004
Format: DVD
I read The Rules of Attraction years ago when it was first released in the 80s (I still have my dog-eared hardback copy). It has remained one of my all time favorite novels. The resonations from that novel have stayed with me, changing my perspective on what writing can be and making me an instant Bret Easton Ellis fan. I was in college at the time I first read it and it seemed to be a frighteningly accurate portrayal of the excesses of 80s college life. So imagine my dismay when I discovered that it was adapted for film. Less Than Zero was a disappointing flop, the original story practically unrecognizable in its film adaptation and American Psycho was a fairly well-done interpretation of Ellis's difficult novel. So I had no hopes for The Rules of Attraction. Finally, months after its release on DVD, I decided to give it a go.

Although it isn't a truly faithful adaptation, Avary manages to capture the essence of the novel brilliantly taking some liberties with the storyline and characters (i.e. Lauren was NOT a virgin and did not go to the opening party, Sean and Paul had a fairly extended sexual relationship although Sean was too drunk or high to remember most of it). Through the use of a cinematic bag of tricks, an alienating soundtrack by tomandandy peppered with 80s hits and a cast of beautiful 20-something actors (Shannyn Sossamon is gorgeous!) Avary creates the same atmosphere of detached disaffectedness with a sense of urgency as the novel. My favorite cinematic devise used is running the film backwards. I liked the opening party scene which really is the end of the movie and how each character and their perspective is introduced by running the scene backwards three times.
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