The Rules of Attraction (2002)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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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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20 April 2003 | personguyman
10
| A Tragic Case Of Mismarketing
I saw the TV spot for this movie last year and i said to myself that i was going to avoid it at all costs, just another dumb teenage geared movie with one demintional charecters, not to mention the fact that i was afraid i was going to hear that god awfull "She F*cking Hates Me" song if i was going to see it. So, I completly avoided the damn thing until today, when a friend of mind who i greatly respect the oppions of said he heard that it was really good and that we should rent, i decided "what the hell, I'll give the thing a chance" and I am so glad that i did. This film is a work of art, plain and simple. It is NOT making sex and drugs seem cool or fun or anything of the sort. This movie is a complete send off of the idea that young adults can have carefree sex with no side effects. People who say this movie is just a typical teen movie need to look a little closer at what is really going on: every sex scene in this film is shot to make sex as unapealing as possible, in fact, the only time i was less turned on by sex scenes was watching "A Clockwork Orange", it shows sex as being something that when you make it a big deal in your life, it will consume you and draw out any humanity you may have. People who were like me that haven't seen this film yet, people who think "It's just going to be another waste of time" should see this film, and i have a feeling that if you really pay attention, you will see this disturbing masterpiece for what it really is.

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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."


Quotes

Lauren: 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.


Goofs

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.


Crazy Credits

The credits run backwards, starting with the disclaimer ("Any similarity to persons living or dead...") and rolling upwards to end with the cast.


Alternate Versions

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.


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When I Get You Alone
Performed by
Robin Thicke (as Thicke)
Written by Robin Thicke (as R. Thicke) and Walter Murphy (as W. Murphy)
Published by I Like 'em Thick Music (ASCAP)/RFT Music Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Produced by Robin Thicke and Pro Jay
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
(P) 2002 Nuamerica/Interscope Records
Contains a Sample of "Fifth of Beethoven"
Master Owner Thomas J. Valentino, Inc.
Composer/Arranger Walter Murphy
RFT Music Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Used Courtesy of NuAmerica/Interscope Records

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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