This is Roger Avary’s first feature film in eight years, following his less than auspicious debut Killing Zoe (1994). It is based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, whose other two longer literary works, Less Than Zero and American Psycho, also were made into films. Furthermore, the main protagonist in The Rules of Attraction is the kid brother of Patrick Bateman who strode through American Psycho as a statuesque monument of the late, stock broking, yuppiefied 80’s. The involuntary interval between directing opportunities has done Avary a world of good. He comes across more focused and less derivative, ready to take on the forces of censorship at every twist and turn, directing TV-stars (notably James Van Der Beek of Dawson’s Creek, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder of Young Americans, Fred Savage of The Wonder Years and Working) and actresses Faye Dunaway and Swoosie Kurtz into delivering their best work to date, while simultaneously probing the depths and vulgarities of human behaviour. Long breaks between projects might just be what some directors need. And as opposed to the movie American Psycho (2000), the celluloid The Rules of Attraction does not come across as being about ten years out of date. –Stockholm International Film Festival
Having been overshadowed by former co-worker Quentin Tarantino during the early 1990s, film maker Roger Avary finally established himself with his 2002 adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel The Rules of Attraction (2002). Avary was born on August 23, 1965 in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada, but grew up in Arizona in the United States. After briefly attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Avary drifted to nearby Manhattan Beach, California, and in the 1980s worked as a video store clerk. He became friends with fellow employee Tarantino. The pair often collaborated on stories. The stories eventually became screenplays, and the two often swapped material (which they might have later regretted). Around this time Avary wrote an 80-page script titled “The Open Road.” Although never made it into a film, parts of this script were used for various bits and pieces that added up to classic scenes in future collaborations.
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Just rewatched this. Easily one of the best films of the 00s. A major work of cinematic art. A+
For a film that is supposed to be controversial and "edgy", i was surprised at how dull & boring it was. The drug dealers should have gotten their own movie. The suicide scene is hilarious though...