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The uneducated, unknowing or
unconscious will look at the straight-
from-the-WB cast of "Rules of Attrac-
tion" coupled with the MTV-gen fast
cutting in the official trailer and desper-
ately' claim "Rules" is a dark response
to light-hearted teen trash films, instead
of the black-comedy, adaptation of Bret
Easton Ellis' ("American Psycho"),
1987 novel of the same name.
Both the book and film satirize the
American upper-crust of whitebread
bourgeoisie at the small, very private,
fictitious liberal arts-orient-
ed Camden College. Avary
Ellis' decrepit disenfran- THE R
chised '80s into a debauch- A T
present. This decline into At Sh
moral bankruptcy is the Qualit,
intention, and Avary's script Mac
holds fairly true to a novel Lion
with a branching, multi-
framed non-linear narrative.
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By Luke Smith
Daily Arts Editor
Director Roger Avary's "The Rules
of Attraction" almost wasn't made. At
a lull in his career, the writer/director
woke up in the middle of the night
with an idea for adapting his favorite
Bret Easton Ellis novel, "The Rules of
Attraction." He wrote the script franti-
cally and locked it away. It wasn't
until his producer demanded to read
and subsequently loved the draft that
"Rules" became anything more than a
script. Coincidentally, the rights were
available, and "Rules" began its voy-
age from Ellis' mind to Avary's mind
and, this Friday to theaters.
Even with a quality script and the
rights to the film, Avary's "Rules"
encountered problems at the produc-
tion level. It was during the making of
"The Rules of Attraction," Avary was
competing with the Screen Actor's
Guild strike and all of the movies
being made at the time were shutting
down. "We were literally one of the
last films being made in Los Ange-
les," Avary told The Michigan Daily.
Once the film was in the can, Avary
and his editors went to war against the
censors. "The Rules of Attraction"
was rejected for an R-rating from the
MPAA countless times.
An R-rating needed to be received
in order for "Rules" to make its way
into wide-release - Lion's Gate (the
film's distributor) would take a huge
loss if the film opened with an NC-
17 or the equally damning Unrated
tag. Avary posted on his website
(wwwavary.com) regarding the rat-
ings fiasco. "I had to trim some
trimmed snatch - I had to modify
some of the dialog." And after all
was said and done, early press
screenings were of a slightly unfin-
ished film. The sound wasn't com-
pletely mastered, announcements
were made after the film that the
opening scene with Shannyn Sossa-
mon was being re-worked and the
credits had yet to be added.
With "The Rules of Attraction,"
Avary said he "wanted to make a film
that wasn't falling prey to normal
Hollywood lines, while simultaneous-
ly adapting Bret Easton Ellis' novel."
Given Ellis' scorn for the majority of
what he writes about, viewers of
"Rules" shouldn't expect to see the
film tie up too neatly when the credits
roll. "There is no false justice at the
end of his (Ellis) books," Avary said.
"I didn't want there to be some sort of
false justice or false happy ending at
the end of this film."
Instead of false justice and happy
endings, "Rules" viewers will be
treated to a cheerless glimpse into
the "condemnation of the luxurious
debauchery of the ruling class," said
Avary. The nihilistic college students
of Camden (a fictitious college
somewhere in New England, but it
could be Anywhere, USA) sleep
around, do ridiculous amounts of
cocaine, oozing more apathy than the
pounds of cocaine snorted, sold or
traded during the film. Avary's own
"Animal House" for the heartless is a
complicated mixture of characters
whose basic desires are far more
primitive and depraved than the
- Katie Marie Gates contributed to
Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek,
"Dawson's Creek") is the campus repre-
sentative/emissary (salesman sounds so
pedestrian) of the local drug kingpins.
He deals coke at a 50-percent mark-up,
hasn't been paying his bills and he's also
been receiving anonymous love letters.
Lauren (Shannyn Sossamon, "A
Knight's Tale") is virginal, quaint and
practical - she convinces herself not to
go out by looking through a book visu-
ally cataloging sexual diseases, and
she's in love with Victor (Kip Pardue,
"Remember the Titans") - who is in
Europe, doing many, many things. Paul
(Ian Somerhalder, "Life as a House") is
the bisexual ex-boyfriend of Lauren
Hynde who has fallen hard for Sean.
Through rewinding bits and pieces of
film from points where narratives inter-
sect, Avary allows the principal charac-
courtesy of Lion's Gate
Avary talks to cast members of "The Rules of Attraction."
Director Avary talks
about 'The Rules'
ters to show different sides of the same
event; a facet adapted surprisingly well
from the novel.
The plot here is of minimal impor-
tance, there is no central action driving
the film along, everything leads up to
the "Dressed to Get Screwed" party -
if a film can lead up to the event shown
in the long opening credits. Sean
believes that Lauren is writing him the
notes, and being the sexual predator that
he is, begins to awkwardly pursue her.
Somehow Paul manages to fall for
Sean; all while Lauren is waiting for
Victor to get back from Europe. Just
like it sounds, the plot of "Rules of
Attraction" is a giant mess.
It is within this mess of
plot (conceived by Ellis,
adapted by Avary) where
LES OF the technological merits of
.CTION Avary's direction emerge.
The film's best sequence is
wcase, unquestionably Victor's
16 and European excursion. Shot
tone entirely with digital cam-
Gate eras, Avary followed Kip
Pardue around Europe,
demanding that Pardue be "Victor" for
the trip's duration. Consequently,
Avary shot nearly every waking
minute of Pardue's life during the
span, edited it together, had Pardue
record a voice over and he slapped it
in the last half of -"Rules." Avary's
handheld stumbling through Europe
with Pardue is not a cinematic recre-
ation of a European vacation, it is a
European vacation. The authenticity is
palpable during this sequence.
It is always problematic when adapt-
ing an incredible novel to the screen,
(though Ellis' "Rules" barely regis-
tered on the cultural radar in '87) but
Avary's adaptation is an excellent one.
However, it is also fitting to point that
an excellent adaptation of an excellent
novel does not necessarily make an
The acting in the film is what is
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