• The Rules of Attraction (2002)

The Rules of Attraction

Release Date: October 11th, 2002

DVD Release Date: February 18th, 2003

R |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, "Rules" centers around Partrick Bateman's younger brother and his college friends bizarre mating rituals that mix sex, drugs, music and mayhem in a kaleidoscopic story about three students entangled in a curiously surreal romantic triangle...

Cast: James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Kate Bosworth, Fred Savage

Director: Roger Avary

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Kingsgate Films

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: 2000s, Melodramatic, Bar, Friendship, Dark, Rivalry, Transformation, Love interest, Love, 1980s, Amusing, Love triangle

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Ty BurrBoston Globe

    If there's one thing Avary gets right, it's the brutal use-or-be-used approach to interpersonal relations that Ellis laid out with numbing detail, and James Van Der Beek is down to the challenge as Sean Bateman: horndog, cokehead, ceramics major, and all-around jerk. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    At times darkly funny and at other times depressingly tragic. It's safe to say there aren't any movies out there quite like this one. show more

  • 50
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Although it would be understatement to call their characters unsympathetic, Van Der Beek and Sossamon play their parts with such doomed passion that they have some affecting moments. show more

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