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Follows a group of shallow, overprivileged, drug-addled college students apparently attending Hedonism University. Drug dealer Sean (Van Der Beek) is in lust with campus goddess Lauren (Sossamon). Lauren's bisexual ex-boyfriend Paul (Somerhalder) has a crush on the straight Sean. Lauren yearns for Victor (Pardue), a coked up vacationing druggie who once slept with Paul. As a result of this turmoil, everyone does drugs and sleeps with everyone else. Avary uses many production tricks and a fluctuating timeline in order to convey the feeling of the Bret Easton Ellis novel on which the movie is based. The technique works, especially the fast-forward view of Victor's trip, but the characters are so unlikable that none of them deserves to get what they want.

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Available on Running time 104 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Books to Film: Bret Easton Ellis, Campus Capers, Sexcapades, Smuggler's Blues, Flashback, The First Time, Bisexuality, Suicide
Roger Roberts Avary
James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Kate (Catherine) Bosworth, Fred Savage, Eric Stoltz, Clifton (Gonzalez) Collins, Faye Dunaway, Swoosie Kurtz, Russell Sams, Matthew Lang
Robert Brinkmann
Roger Roberts Avary
Felipe Borrero, Sharon Rutter, Christopher Tanden, Louise Frogley, Sharon Seymour
Greg Shapiro, Kingsgate Films, Lions Gate Films

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The Rules of Attraction
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This movie is crazy and messed up! Sean Bateman is a womanizing drug dealer who falls in love with virginal Lauren, not to be confused with her slutty roommate Lara, because he inspects that she is his secret admirer, who is leaving notes in his box. Although Lauren does like Sean, she is still infatuated with Victor, her shallow ex boyfriend, who is in Europe for a semester. Lauren used to date Paul before he came out of the closet, and now Paul has his eyes on Sean when he mistakes him for bisexual. Things get more complicated since all the students are deeply disturbed as well.