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3.2 out of 5 stars 123 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 123 customer reviews
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"Rules" is an updated and significantly altered version of the 1987 novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Whereas the novel now serves as a time capsule of an era (and is still a fascinating, well written read), the film brings us to the present time, complete with post-Pulp Fiction-style editing tricks. If you are looking for the characters from the book, you'll find their namesakes here, but not necessarily the same people. Some characters (the beautiful Shannyn Sossamon's Lauren) have been cleaned up to be more sympathetic, some (James Van Der Beeks malevolent Sean) seem more monstrous, and others (Jessica Biel's Lara) are entirely new to the film, having not appeared in the novel. This film is a look at the lives of students at a private, wealthy liberal arts college in New England and their interpersonal relationships. This film is pretty much the darker side of college life as seen in films like "Animal House." Instead of levity and humor, we see the darkness of college life, and the underbelly of the infamous American "lesiure time."
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.
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well, speaking for the mindless drones who just party,... party , have sex and then commit suicide. This film is Right on! Its a glimpse into the dark side of "college" partying. Not EVERYONE is like the characters portrayed here, however most people aren't what they seem most of the time right? so in that fact I find this film intriguing!(hence the 3 stars)
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.
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I have to say that before this movie I never watched Dawson's Creek. I'm at an age where the word creek sounds more like a burial than a place of teen angst. So I didn't have an image in my mind of what this movie's lead would be like. After watching it twice I have come to believe that tv stars don't for the most part make good movie actors. Sure Sally Fields maybe, but most tv stars take to movies like like George W. Bush to the English language.The problem is usually about the ease and talent that film acting requires. On a small screen those breaks in the strory can cloud limted acting- ask any soap star- but in a 2 hour movie I have to believe you from start to finish or else I am wasting all my time. The people in this movie are pretty in that" Real World" way. You would only notice them because someone makes them seen. But their characters are also " Real World" like. They no real flaw of character that you believe shows any insight or depth and they are labels from the minute we see their names on the screen; labels they never rise above. The film is written as though we are to think that the characters all have more than they offer and are passing time try to figure that more out. But in reality one wonders how they got into college in the first place and what is more how their sexual needs are any thing more then just drugged induced feelings of horniness. Between the drugs, the kisses, the drinks and the screwing this films only suggest that their are a great many parents outthere who should reconsider how much allowance to send junior. It is clear that he/she is getting too much. No one can get through college as dysfuntional as these people. Finally I would be thoughtless if I didn't mention two scenes that really bothered me.Read more ›
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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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