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The Rules of Attraction [Blu-ray] (2002)

James Van Der Beek , Ian Somerhalder , Roger Avary  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 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: 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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73 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly, I loved it February 16, 2003
"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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Madness of Youth July 30, 2003
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar January 26, 2003
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the satire? April 20, 2003
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Rules Of Attraction is one of those rare movies which doesn't seem to have an audience. Based on the Brett Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho) novel, the basic set-up is a group of college kids including James Van Der Beek as Sean Bateman, who is in love with the virginal Lara, who is also in love with him but wants to save herself for Victor. Oh, and Paul is in love with Sean too. This could well be the story for any good-natured quirky teen flick. However, the abandonment with which these kids snort cocaine, drink and have sex sets it apart as more akin to movies such as Go than She's All That.
The acting is all good, especially James Van Der Beek, completely ruining any illusions that Dawson will remain Dawson forever. As the carefree, cruel and narcisstic drug dealer Sean he is perfectly cast against type. There are also some much appreciated, though slightly pointless, cameos from Eric Stoltz as a corrupt tutor and Faye Dunaway as Paul's mother. Director Avery worked on the script to Pulp Fiction, and it shows. There are flashy narrative effects aplenty - time runs backwards, speeds up and there's split-screen. Unfortunately this is nowhere as original as the Tarantino original and doesn't come close to the superior Go, the other teen movie to try and replicate the formula (which incidentally also starred Dawson co-star Katie Holmes). This being the case the drugs, sex, porn, masturbation and loud music come across as aiming to shock rather than the satire that you can't help but feel that the book contained.
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Published 1 month ago by ronald bruckner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rules
This movie is one of my favorite movies. As an adaption of the book, it does a great job in translation. Get ready for sex, drugs and love triangles.
Published 6 months ago by Deanna
4.0 out of 5 stars Great college movie.
I love this movie! Sick and disturbing to the normal eye, but a gem for those looking for the dark side of college life. Dark comedy and weirdness at it's best.
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Silago
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
Not fOr me. didn't finish watching it because it just wasn't for me. I'm sure others would appreciate it though.
Published 7 months ago by Casey M. Cauble
3.0 out of 5 stars different.. uncensored
I've seen the movie more than once a while ago and I was kinda shocked at first- you can never judge a book by its cover I guess in this case. Read more
Published 8 months ago by painandjoy25
5.0 out of 5 stars Do they EVER go to class?
This movie is a fun way to peek into the ways that drug and alcohol use of a certain subset of college students affects their lives and lives of those around them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ksugar
1.0 out of 5 stars slow and crude
The story of 6 college students and their first sexual exploits in the worst scripted story. had to quit watching from the content and language 20 minutes in.
Published 8 months ago by JC
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and depressingly funny
Ironically humorous, The Rules of Attraction is the Donkey Show of dark comedies. You come away feeling a bit sick and uneasy but their is a part of you that enjoyed the show more... Read more
Published 9 months ago by tagger418
1.0 out of 5 stars Why would someone make this movie??
A startlingly and starkly depressing and epically pointless movie. Painful to watch. The only ounce of redeeming value is the scene where Ian Somerhalder dances on bed in his... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mynna
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