R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Several critics, including Roger Ebert, reacted negatively to the nihilistic characters that permeate the film. Eventually, director Roger Avary gave a rebuttal. "The Rules of Attraction isn't about the deeply sensitive types. It isn't about the Richard Dreyfuss character from American Graffiti (1973). This is about those other people. The amoral ones. The folks that justify it all as being 'an experience.' The ones that bang through college as a late day class into an all night party, day after day after day. Folks that seemingly celebrate each and everyday as though it were the last. The ones that go wild for the first time in their lives. The Rules of Attraction is about three such characters. All three characters are transformed by their experiences. Some learn, some merely evolve from it."
and it's a story that might bore you, but you don't have to listen, because I always knew it was going to be like that.
At the end of the world party when Sean puts the whiskey bottle on the end table it has the cap on, even though he had just been drinking from it.
The credits run backwards, starting with the disclaimer ("Any similarity to persons living or dead...") and rolling upwards to end with the cast.
At least one broadcast on British TV removed the girl's suicide entirely, cutting the scene just before she begins slitting her wrist, straight to the subsequent close-up of the dripping tap. This removed the girl's reaction, and caused a very abrupt fade-out of the music. This is far more than the BBFC removed (only the close up of the wrist-slitting) from the DVD/ Home video version.
$2,532,410 13 October 2002