The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.
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Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use, language and violent images. (edited from original NC-17 version)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
College, Drugs, Drug Dealer, Bisexual, Roommate
Drug Dealer, Love Triangle
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The Rules of Attraction is a 2002 satirical dark comedy film directed by Roger Avary, based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. It stars James van der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Biel, and Kip Pardue.
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The film takes place at the fictional Camden College, a liberal arts school in northeastern New Hampshire. The opening sequence introduces the three main characters - Lauren Hynde (Shannyn Sossamon), Paul Denton (Ian Somerhalder), and Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek), in turn. They are three college students at an "End of the World" party, and although they don't interact at the party, they share a certain apathetic perspective. Lauren, previously a virgin, is raped by a townie while being filmed by a film student; the humiliation culminates when the rapist vomits on her back.
Paul is bashed by a deeply closeted jock (Thomas Ian Nicholas) whom he attempted to seduce, and Sean fails to recall the last time he had sex sober. After the introduction of each character, time moves backwards until we meet the next character. The story develops into a love triangle, where the main characters fall for one another but their love is never returned, leading to disastrous consequences.
The story then jumps back in time, and for the remainder of the film, we follow the lives of the characters and learn how they came to know each other. Throughout the film, the characters, Sean in particular, exude somewhat of an indifference toward the people and events around them. For example, despite being set at a college, not one of the characters is ever shown attending a class.
At the end of the film, Sean rejects Paul, Lauren refuses to see Sean, Victor doesn't remember anyone, a girl who has been sending Sean love notes commits suicide, and the credits move in reverse, starting with the finish and ending with the cast list.
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