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3.2 out of 5 stars 122 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: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: April 5 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
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By A Customer on July 6 2004
Format: DVD
After watching this film, I wondered "what was the most obnoxious part of this movie"? Was it at the drug dealer's house? Was it the gay guys' dinner with their mothers? Or maybe it was the overly long and inflated "whirlwind" tour of Europe through the eyes of, perhaps, the most despicable person in this film?
All of these characters are deplorable and shallow. One reviewer said they felt sorry for the girl who was sending the purple letters! Why? She does herself in for a guy that she doesn't even know and has made no attempt to talk to!! Following their lives leaves the viewer feeling empty. They are all emotionally and ethically bankrupt. Why should we care about these characters? What is the point here?!
It is truly sad that Brett Easton Ellis has gotten rich writing pathetic drivel such as this. He has truly hoodwinked a lot of people who are easily shocked. Richard Avary and Ellis is a good combo though-- because both are masters at creating exploitative, sensationalist garbage with no heart.
2 stars for the acting only.
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Format: VHS Tape
Directed by Roger Avary ''The Rules of Attraction'' is one of the worst movies of 2002 and there have been a couple.
The movie stars James Van Der Beek from ''Dawson's Creek'' as Sean Bateman, a drug dealing slanking student who basically by his own words is a ''social vampire'' someone who leeches of others, and sinks his fangs to those naive and weak enough around him. The best example is near the beginning where Sean is telling us through a couple of brief flashbacks about the pathetic situations he has been involved in. He then seeks to forgot about his problems like some individuals by consuming himself with alcohol and then finding a cheap girl to sleep with. His prayers get answered when he meets a young blonde who is obviously a little drunk as well. Anyhow fast forward 5 minutes and then we are introduced to a whole slew of pathetic characters. There is the homosexual character of Paul (Ian Somerhalder) who basically likes to sleep with any boys around him. I doubt think gays would have liked this character either. I have seen in many films vile heterosexual characters but dare I say it, Paul is the first vile homosexual character Ive seen in film (another good reason that the movie shouldn't have been made let alone a novel)
Supposedly this horrible movie was taken from a novel by Bret Easton Ellis and I could only shudder to think how bad the book is if the movie of this calibur is taken from a novel. In fact looking at another site it doesn't quite know how to qualify the movie. It has the movie itself listed as a Comedy/Drama/Romance/Thriller? lol
Back to the movie, we see a couple of the stupid situations Mr. Bateman is in. Apparently he has a drug pimp (some weak little 17 yr old white boy) who think he is a big shot because he carries a gun.
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Format: DVD
Never have I enjoyed watching a movie I didn't enjoy more. What do I mean by that? The filmmaking techniques in The Rules of Attraction employed by director Roger Avary, cinematographer Robert Brinkman, editor Sharon Rutter, and the slew of digital effects technicians and all the rest behind the scenes is splendid. This is a movie that people who appreciate the art of shooting and editing a movie can be thrilled by. The sheer visual joy of filmmaking is evident in almost every shot. It's too bad all this technical prowess and creativity is wasted on a whole bunch of characters that are shallow and unpleasant. It's the story and the performances that I didn't enjoy.
The Rules of Attraction centers around a group of reprehensible students at a small liberal arts college whose lives revolve around getting stoned/drunk and getting laid. Sure, that description can be applied to almost any teen "coming of age" comedy or drama. But the problem is that none of the characters in this movie had any redeeming qualities. There was no reason to root for any of them, no reason to care enough to become invested in the directions their lives would take them. On top of that, the script is a collection of disjointed scenes. These disjointed scenes allow for cameos by notable actors like Faye Dunaway, Swoosie Kurtz, Fred Savage, Paul Williams, Theresa Wayman, and not-so-notable Russell Sams, but none of their appearances really serve the story. In fact, you could take their scenes out of the movie, and nothing--absolutely nothing--would be lost. So, what was the point?
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Format: DVD
Ok...Ok...the movie isn't nearly as epic as some of us demand of "college genre" flicks these days. I mean we can't compare all films to the vaunted Felicity, can we??? And yes, "Rules" is also not as good as the book (typical). But it isn't horrible as some of the reviews have countered either.
Those who lament the movie's skewed glamorization of sex and drugs would be surprised to know that college life, for some, is as vapid and cruel as the movie makes it out to be. Believe it or not, there are selfish, callous, and pretentious types who dot the college lawns like mushroom after a wet spring--just like in the "real world." So that didn't surprise me.
What did make me think that the movie surpassed the usual fare was its attempt at getting to something deeper in the lives of the three main characters; they were, even in their self-absorption, looking for something meaningful on a campus of apathy--even if that quest for meaning was trite or conventional (love). But then, they are early twenty-somethings. Go figure.
Perhaps the movie just didn't quite succeed in the end, as some have stated, because it clamped down in its melodramatic denouement between the three characters caught in a love triangle. But it was a worthwhile attempt. And for that attempt, which was pretty well executed (script, direction, etc), I think the movie is underrated.
The only thing amiss was the movie's whitewashing of the pansexual nature of the original book. That would've gotten the puritans even more, excited.
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