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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.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : LGT29894BR
- Director : Roger Avary
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Release date : April 5, 2011
- Actors : James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Greg Shapiro, James Deutch, Jeremiah Samuels, Marc Butan, Marsha Oglesby
- Studio : Artisan / Lionsgate
- ASIN : B004LOWZJK
- Writers : Bret Easton Ellis, Roger Avary
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #69,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Watched about 20 minutes before I gave up; not worth the any more of the brain cells I've already sacrificed to this derivative, pandering waste of time.
The point of it is to express the meaninglessness of existence when you are so caught up in your own world you can't even rationalize staying alive. It's just a jumble. Maybe you can't relate, and yes, the movie seems to bite off a little more than it can chew. Have you ever tried to figure out why the great girl is so attracted to the jerk, despite red flag after red flag popping up in front of our faces? It doesn't make sense to us. That's why it's powerful.
This movie was based off of an author trying to make sense of it all and translating his or her experience into fiction. No one who has ever experienced that level of sadness or nihilism could possibly understand. Go to the movies, spend 13 dollars on a small popcorn, and enjoy the bright animation of the latest pixar cash cow. You won't have to think at all.
The soundtrack has got to be the single best part of the whole film. The Cure, Love and Rockets, Blondie, the Rapture... all seamlessly blended with an original electronic score by Tomandandy. I've been listening to the album on repeat since I finished the movie last night!
I absolutely adore this film, but can't give it that last star because just got more out of the book. I know it's a little unfair to judge an adaptation on the original, but surely there could have been some way to get a bit deeper into the characters. (Shorter/fewer sex scenes, maybe? Just saying. There are a lot.)
Overall, a film that's a pretty good adaptation of a great book. It's especially fun to watch as a college student, bonus points if you're at a liberal arts school. Remember as with all Ellis: it is a satire/commentary, not a glorification.
Pretty ingenious stuff!
Kids too cool for school at a private college want better, but as a very good and prominent Shannyn Sossamon decides, they may not be worth it. She hardly gets credited while I barely remember Kate Bosworth, listed as third star. The acting is good from everyone. Best parts are a rapid trip to Europe and the following reunions, putting character's inner voices in the script, and realizing I may have experienced something like what was shown. Me, in this movie?-- yikes.
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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.
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 Ellis book.