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Sex, drugs, and unhappy people.
The Rules of Attraction is a 2002 satirical dark comedy film directed by Roger Avary, based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. It stars James van der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Biel, and Kip Pardue.
The film takes place at the fictional Camden College, a liberal arts school in northeastern New Hampshire. The opening sequence introduces the three main characters - Lauren Hynde (Shannyn Sossamon), Paul Denton (Ian Somerhalder), and Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek), in turn. They are three college students at an "End of the World" party, and although they don't interact at the party, they share a certain apathetic perspective. Lauren, previously a virgin, is raped by a townie while being filmed by a film student; the humiliation culminates when the rapist vomits on her back.
Paul is bashed by a deeply closeted jock (Thomas Ian Nicholas) whom he attempted to seduce, and Sean fails to recall the last time he had sex sober. After the introduction of...