November 01, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

The Rules of Attraction

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
110 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/11/02
performer
Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, James Van Der Beek, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Faye Dunaway, Swoosie Kurtz, Kip Pardue, Fred Savage, Eric Stoltz
director
Roger Avary
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Roger Avary
genre
Drama
We gave it a B+

Roger Avary’s floridly startling adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1987 novel brings the author’s glibly corrosive vision of elite college thrill seekers to life in a way that can’t be dismissed. Avary plots out every scene with voyeuristic ingenuity, using split screen and reverse motion to create a world in which time is racing forward yet standing still: the eternal present tense of days and nights lived in the zombie pleasure zone. James Van Der Beek, as a slit-eyed dorm stud, proves that he can be an actor of cruel force.

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