Rules of Attraction [Blu-ray] [Import]
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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.
The [explicit] scenes etc.. are WAY too drawn out and over the top. I do get the "dark humor" etc..
I find that there are some people that NEVER enjoy life....or think they do for a split second and then loathe it forever until they kill themselves! This film showcases those hard luck cases.......if you think youll like a film filled with backwards scenes, big doses of ... simulated [love making] and [more] gobs of vulgarity,Guys kissing guys, girls kissing girls, tons of nudity, dark humor and slap you in the face suicide is a reality type scenes then this film is for you!
I find it amazing what the ratings board allows to fit an R rating these days. the film has originality by dosing the desensitized viewer with utter debauchery.
This film is set to wow the "now" generation, Offend many, disgust many, and baffle many....I personally find it a hard pill to swallow... and films generally mirror the times in which they are made. So this one fits the bill quite nicely showcasing todays society and its wide acceptance of debauchery.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Roger Avery approaches the material with a funny, light, high energy touch, not
asking us to take Brett Easton Ellis's nihilism too seriously. Read more
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. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Michael Allen Miller
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? Read morePublished on July 6 2004
The movie reminded me of Pulp Fiction in some ways.The way the scenes are somewhat out of order,yet this was a very good movie.It shows college life and the teens in it. Read morePublished on June 24 2004
It's not often that you get to see a film in which everyone is mis-cast, but Rules of Attraction is one of those moments. Read morePublished on June 21 2004
This is James Van Der Beek's best film. The characters are outrageous , but realistic. The movie truly reflects the college experience for some. Read morePublished on May 15 2004
The Rules of Attraction is one of the most clever movies I have seen in a long time. It has a very interesting and amusing plot. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by John Wiley
This movie is violent, funna, dramatic, and the soundtrack rules!!! Van Der Beek's monologues are suprisingly witty, and the rest of the cast compliments his character perfectly. Read morePublished on May 12 2004