Monday, November 11, 2013

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Director: Roger Avary
Writers:  Bret Easton Ellis, Roger Avary
Cast:       James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel

A love triangle involving a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate set in the backdrop of Camden college, students of which are over-privileged and spoiled. 

It is an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's (American Psycho) novel with the same name and it intends to show the depravity of the existence of these people who are contend with living life to the fullest with drugs and casual sex. While in other films of this genre, such a life is shown with plenty of humor and an element of coolness, this film is supposedly a very faithful adaptation of the novel which makes it a very dreary watch. It is like a Todd Solondz film but doesn't have enough dark humor to make it a real good watch.

Roger Avary, the director of this film, co-wrote both Reservoir Dogs, True Romance and Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino.

Rating: 2/5