The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

ROGER AVARY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.

USA/, 2002.  , .  Screenplay by Roger Avary, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Yet another Bret Easton Ellis novel has been made a terrible film (Less Than Zero and American Psycho being the other pristine examples).  plays a drug-loving college student who is in trouble with his dealers and in love with .  Sossamon likes him too, but she’s also waiting for the great love of her life (Kip Pardue) to return from his European tour (a sequence of which is the most useless and exasperating of the film). (the film’s best performance) is in love with Van Der Beek, and even convinces himself that there’s a chance for him there. Somewhere in the middle, Jessica Biel does a lot of drugs and has raucously casual sex. Promoted as a love triangle, the film doesn’t actually have any form whatsoever; it’s badly shot, hideously edited and boring beyond all possibilities, a huge, stupid mess that should be avoided at all costs. Watching TeenBeat stars break into the mainstream of adult roles by behaving badly should have been a lot more fun than this film, which is probably the very worst of the year.

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