5.0 out of 5 stars even better than the book
this movie was awesome it did a great job of showing the characters emotion and expressing what college life (even if it is a pretty wild version) is really like. This movie does a great job of showing the same event through other people's point of view finally a movie that understands that life has more than one point of view
Published on July 10 2004 by M. A. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Rules of Attraction
The attraction of this movie is limited. While there were enjoyable moments, these were far and few between. The most enjoyable parts of the movie were usually the ones involving Ian SOmerhalders character, just because they were funny, and RicharDdick. While the whole time jumping thing was an intresting idea, it made the movie and narrative a choppy mess. SOme of...
Published on May 8 2003 by balefireelegy
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rules of Attraction,
At the end of the film I found myself mostly happy the film was over and glad I only spent a few bucks to rent it rather than see the movie in the theater.
2.0 out of 5 stars When kids from the "WB" go bad.,
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated guilty pleasure,
asking us to take Brett Easton Ellis's nihilism too seriously.
Consequently, a film where every character is deeply flawed and
narcissistic is never boring, and often full of a visceral energy. It
even has moments where it becomes moving. And many of the
showy style tricks work perfectly with the excesses of the story.
Yes, on a few occasional the style is distracting, and a few elements are too familiar
and on the nose (Faye Dunaway and Swoozie Kurtz as boozy moms who
choose not to see how screwed up their kids are, the extra shallow
treatment of the gay character. etc).
I can understand how this might put some viewers off.
But overall I felt like this didn't get a fair shake from critics. I enjoyed
watching it, was never bored, and was even made to think. How many
films can you say that about?
Fun soundtrack and a good Tomandandy score too.
You may love it, you may hate it, but it's inventive and brave
enough to decide for yourself.
5.0 out of 5 stars even better than the book,
2.0 out of 5 stars What was the point?,
By A Customer
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.
1.0 out of 5 stars They should have never made this awful film.,
This review is from: Rules of Attraction [Import] (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. Anyhow, this pimp wants money from Sean (apparently they have some sort of partnership going where this guy gets his own cut of the drug money). Sean can't pay the money but he comes with a way to get it by swindling a couple of rich preppies who want to get high....lol
Then there comes this sick twist in the film, Paul sexually loves Sean and Sean is interested in this girl Lauren Hynde (Shannyn Sossamon) supposedly because she is pure and sweet (which is not what I heard in the novel).
''The Rules of Attraction'' also has done nothing for the cast either, James Beek hasn't done a movie in 2 yrs and none of the other actors except maybe Kate Bosworth who has a short role as Kelly (friend of Lauren) has gone anywhere.
The only good thing that I think comes from watching such a stupid movie as this, is that it shows that even in 2002 American directors still seek to make incredibly bad movies hoping that audiences will dig them, they won't and I didn't dig this movie at all.
Another horrible movie with James Van Der Beek which started a couple of years ago with his weak movie ''Varsity Blues''.
I did get the blues watching this movie (pun intended). Van Der Beek is just not a good actor at all, all he has is good looks but not much acting depth. So stay away from this movie. Dont fork any money into buying it, but if you still want to see how bad it is rent it.
3.0 out of 5 stars unique and too similar at the same time...,
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Casting,
By A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rules of Attraction,
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie,
The basic theme of the movie is love. Well...love and drugs.
Direction is great. In my opinion it's better than Kill Bill 1 or 2. I strongly recommend this movie to everyone. It's a great laugh and wonderful movie. A must see.
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Rules of Attraction [Blu-ray] [Import] by Roger Avary (Blu-ray - 2011)