Directed by Robert Avary
110 min | 2002 | USA/Germany
THE RULES OF ATTRACTION is a pitch-black comedy and satire based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis published in 1987. The film focuses on a handful of rowdy and often sexually promiscuous, spoiled bohemian college students at a liberal arts college in 1980s New Hampshire. The film unspools in first person narrative, and the story is told from the points of view of various characters and with clever cinematography.
As a side note, true to the intertwined and concurrent nature of Ellis’s writing, this story takes place on the same timeline as Less Than Zero and AMERICAN PSYCHO with references and characters from each. Of the most notable, lead character Sean Bateman (Van Der Beek) is the brother of the depraved Patrick Bateman from American Psycho.
Ellis himself has remarked that of all the film adaptations of his books, The Rules of Attraction came closest to capturing his sensibility and recreating the world he created in his novels.
Featuring of performances from slew of burgeoning (at the time) talent including; James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue, Kate Bosworth, Jay Baruchel and Ian Somerhalder. Not to mention deliciously bourgeois cameos from Faye Dunaway, Swoosie Kurtz and Eric Stoltz.