The Rules Of Attraction


The only "rules" in Roger Avary's latest are in the second word of the title. Otherwise, the man who made Killing Zoe has thrown the guidebook into the nearest bin and set fire to it.

Eschewing straight narrative for a writhing mass of lust, lethargy, liars and lotharios, Attraction's trick-laden tale charts a year at swanky New England college Camden. It's all hinged around brave, raw performances from the leads: James Van Der Beek neatly skewering Dawson's Creek-tinted perceptions as the cold-hearted Sean Bateman; Shannyn Sossamon blending cynicism with charm as virginal Lauren; and Ian Somerhalder stealing scenes as the listless yet love-hungry Paul.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 1st 2003

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