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THE RULES OF ATTRACTION
USA: Lionsgate Films
UK: Icon Distribution
Cast: James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Ian Somerhalder, Kip Pardue, Kate Bosworth, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Joel Michaely, Clare Kramer, Jay Baruchel, Eric Stoltz, Clifton Collins Jr, Fred Savage, Faye Dunaway, Swoosie Kurtz, Colin Bain, Russell Sams, Kim Smith, Skyler Stone, Ron Jeremy, Hayley Keenan, Matthew Lang, Quincy Evans, Kavan Reece, Drew Wood, Jesse Heiman, Chase Hampton, Lucille M Oliver, Curtis Andersen
Director: Roger Avary
USA & UK: 110 mins
USA Rated: R for strong sexual content, drug use, language and violent images
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong language, sex, drugs and suicide
USA Release Date: 11 October 2002
UK Release Date: 28 March 2003
Directed by Roger Avary (PULP FICTION, KILLING ZOE) and based on the Brett Easton Ellis novel, THE RULES OF ATTRACTION tells the story of Sean Bateman, the younger brother of Patrick Bateman (AMERICAN PSYCHO). Against a background of 'Dressed to get screwed parties', drugs, casual sex and student excess we follow Sean (James Van Der Beek, VARSITY BLUES, DAWSON'S CREEK) through the doors of a New England college in the early 90's.
The film takes a satirical look at an emerging love triangle between Sean, the bit part campus drug dealer with only a passing association with his emotions, Paul Owen (Ian Somerhalder, LIFE AS A HOUSE), the intelligent and beautiful bisexual, and his ex-girlfriend Lauren (Shannyn Sossamon, A KNIGHT'S TALE, 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS) the aloof uber-cool object of many affections.