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THE RULES OF ATTRACTION

 
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At Theaters: 10/11/2002 On Video: 2/18/2003
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409985
Studio: Lions Gate Films
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At a small, affluent liberal arts college somewhere in New England, very good friends co-exist. Outside of the rarified world of Camden is the "townie" Rupert, a dealer who supplies plenty of the Camden students with their recreational pharmaceuticals...for a very good price. Among the co-eds at Camden College, the first rule is: There are no rules.

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Comedy - Despite its featuring cast members from popular youth TV shows, this dark comedy/satire is strictly not for children. Older teens and young adults, particularly males, are most likely to like the film, and older and more sensitive moviegoers will be turned off by the strong sexual and drug content.

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Cast and Crew Heading
James Van Der Beek TEXAS RANGERS, VARSITY BLUES
Ian Somerhalder LIFE AS A HOUSE
Shannyn Sossamon 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS
Jessica Biel SUMMER CATCH, I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Kip Pardue DRIVEN
Wri/Dir: Roger Avary KILLING ZOE
Producer: Greg Shapiro SIMPATICO, AFFLICTION
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PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, 12 S-words, a lot of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Plenty of sex and sex talk, with some nudity.
VIOLENCE: One severe beating, a bloody suicide.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Nonstop drinking, smoking, and drug use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Darkly comic situations; lots of sex humor.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "The Rules of Attraction is not mainstream fare, but it is quirky and interesting, and worth a look for those who don't mind movies where you end up despising just about everyone who has a speaking part.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "Leaving the movie, I reflected that my reaction was probably unfair. So I went to see the movie a second time, and emerged with a more evolved opinion: The Rules of Attraction is a skillfully made movie about reprehensible people.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "Further proof that so-so books often make better movies than good ones, writer-director Roger Avary pulls Bret Easton Ellis's second novel out of its sophomore slump and delivers a technically deft, sometimes bitterly funny look at sex, drugs and 'faggy synth-pop' at a small New England college.''

Newsday  Full Review
Poor "The ghouls of dysfunction: College kids in what must be the Reagan '80s look for meaning in drugs, sex, disenchantment and sex. Interminably bleak, to say nothing of boring."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 38 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
5
About 50/50
60%
13-19Teens (F)
7
Very Low
0%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
Very Low
20%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
Very Low
0%
30+Adults (M)
8
Low
38%
30+Adults (F)
7
Very Low
0%
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

The main reason we collected so few is after I saw the movie I didn't want to subject any of my opinion collectors to this horrible movie. Fortunately the few opinions I did collect clearly show just how bad this movie really is. Actually there were probably ten people walk out that didn't provide an opinion so you can add theirs to the "Terrible" opinions.

This is the worst movies and these are by far the worst opinions I've ever seen and I've seen a lot of bad movies. Many of the opinion cards also said this is the worst movie they've ever seen. It's unbelievably graphic sexually and extremely profane. Every other word is the F-word in all variations. It was also a very strange story, if you could call it a story. It's very weird.

The few that liked it either liked it because of the sexual aspects (guys) or they commented about the style of filmmaking.

I would highly recommend NOT seeing this movie. Your probability of enjoying it is extremely low.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This dark and seriously debauched drama will likely find only a very small, if fiercely devoted, group of fans among young adults. Fans of certain stars' TV series will likely be shocked by the film's graphic nature, cynical humor, and very dark subject matter. Reaction should be even more negative with older moviegoers.


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This, then, is the domain of Camden College, a small, affluent liberal arts college somewhere in New England, and its human satellites.

Sean (JAMES VAN DER BEEK), Paul (IAN SOMERHALDER) and Lauren are surrounded at Camden by their very good "friends": Lauren's roommate Lara (JESSICA BIEL), whose carnal instincts far outweigh the bonds of camaraderie; the much sought-after Victor (KIP PARDUE), a chronic object of Lauren's desire whose European sojourn has kept him out of her reach; Sean's friend Mitchell (THOMAS IAN NICHOLAS), about to fall into the abyss of Bateman's world; Paul's posse (JAY BARUCHEL, JOEL MICHAELY and COLIN BAIN), always at the ready with a brittle quip; Kelly (KATE BOSWORTH), one of Sean's innumerable and quickly forgotten conquests; and Marc (FRED SAVAGE), who mistakenly believes himself to be considerably more coherent than he actually is.

There are distinguished members of the Camden faculty, such as Mr. Lance Lawson (ERIC STOLTZ), who views himself as being young and cool enough to attend campus parties, and to occasionally suggest raising an attractive student's grade point average in exchange for "extracurricular activity."

Outside of the rarified world of Camden is the "townie" Rupert (CLIFTON COLLINS, JR.), a dealer who supplies Sean and plenty of other Camden students with their recreational pharmaceuticals...for a very good price.

And then there's family: Mrs. Denton (FAYE DUNAWAY), Paul's elegant mother, the victim of too much money and too little love, as well as family friend Mrs. Jared (SWOOSIE KURTZ). Together they enjoy their cocktails and prescription drugs over lunch with their sons who are just as high as their mothers.

And so it goes, with endless rounds of drug-alcohol-and-sex-drenched campus fetes--such as The End of the World Party, The Dress to Get Screwed Party, and The Pre-Saturday Night Party --inconveniently punctuated by sparsely-attended Camden classes.

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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