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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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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!
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.
It's nice to have actresses like Fay Dunaway and Swoosie Kurtz make appearances but I wish they'd been onscreen longer. Be on the watch for a bizarre cameo by Paul Williams in a hospital scene taken directly from the book that is still as confusing onscreen as it is on the printed page.
The real star turn in this film is by Ian Somerhalder as Paul Denton. Perhaps it's because he is one of the most stunningly beautiful faces (male or female) to ever grace a movie screen, but his Paul is an interestingly complex character who wears his heart on his sleeve. Somerhalder's only stumbling block to fame may be his looks, but I do hope to see hime in more things.
Look for a reference to "The Wicker Man" in this film as well. I recommend this film, but it's not for those expecting a fun college romp.
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Strange and hard to follow. Maybe just a bit too Artsey for me.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the few movies ever that I didn't finish. There are attractive actors, but it's not enough to waste your time on this insipid film. What is the point of it? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One reviewer said "I do not like movies that depress me." That person wants to live in a world of butterflies and rainbows and has never felt actual depression. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was gross and infuriating. Disapointed does not begin to describe my feelings about it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another film about terrible people with terrible dialogue and worse acting.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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