The Rules Of Attraction

Prompting both genuflections at its breakneck brilliance and gasps at its gung-ho grisliness, Roger Avary's comeback has been a startling opinion-divider. Fans of the Bret Easton Ellis novel will relish the former Tarantino sidekick's fidelity to the blank immorality of the prose, yet the movie bursts with visual ideas. James Van Der Beek is fearlessly irredeemable as Sean Bateman (younger brother of the American Psycho), flailing across campus, gobbling up narcotics, rock'n'roll (it has a great soundtrack), girls, boys, suicides, whatever.

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Prompting both genuflections at its breakneck brilliance and gasps at its gung-ho grisliness, Roger Avary’s comeback has been a startling opinion-divider. Fans of the Bret Easton Ellis novel will relish the former Tarantino sidekick’s fidelity to the blank immorality of the prose, yet the movie bursts with visual ideas. James Van Der Beek is fearlessly irredeemable as Sean Bateman (younger brother of the American Psycho), flailing across campus, gobbling up narcotics, rock’n’roll (it has a great soundtrack), girls, boys, suicides, whatever. Shannyn Sossamon is equally brave as his potential partner/victim. Cameos from Eric Stoltz and Faye Dunaway are just amphetamines on the cake. A hurricane. Unforgettable.

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