Evan's Eyes

The Rules of Attraction

[WARNING: Timid readers may find some language herein offensive. If you are upset by this review, there's no way you'd enjoy this movie.]

And it came to pass that a movie went out throughout the land,
And a share that were witness unto it went forth, giving praise.
So their friends and family viewed this film and there was a
Great gnashing of teeth and rending of garments,
and they cried out "Why did I watch this, it sucks!!?!"
Book of Realizations, 7:15-16

I am sorely vexed by the trend of movie protagonists being just obnoxious, amoral assholes (sorry, I'll be politically correct: Anus-Americans). These A-A characters revel in their egocentric pursuits, not caring who they offend, alienate, or hurt. If there was some glimmer of remorse or an inkling of insight gained from their tribulations, I could forgive a boatload of bad behavior. Alas, the A-A protagonists neither struggle with their flaws nor learn from them, but wallow in them as a water slide into a morass of self-absorbed angst.

Those that argue in favor of this movie may feel it is cutting-edgy filmmaking. It did look like the first big-budget project of someone fresh from film school (it's not). If reverse action shots and intimate bodily functions excite you, this film is a treat. If you also like seeing people exploited, assaulted, embarrassed, violated, debased, betrayed, humiliated, ridiculed, and abused by assholes (non-PC, sorry!), you've hit the cinematic jackpot. You'll probably buy the DVD.

I admit it wasn't all bad. There was one sequence that stood out as grippingly honest filmmaking; hard to watch and skirting the edge of melodrama, but powerfully moving. Unfortunately, it was only a brief sub-plot. This film does make me feel better about my predominately studious, monogamous, and sober college experience. It turns out that the party-hearty students were just compensating for their shallow, miserable lives. Now I don't envy them at all.

If you liked the movies below, you may like this one (and visa versa):

  • Igby Goes Down
  • Less Than Zero
  • Ghost World
  • Leaving Las Vegas
Overall Rating: 3 (where 1=Worthless, 10=Fabulous)

Eight-Facet Info Rating, rated on a scale of 0 (None) to 4 (Lots!)):

Humor: 1
Nudity: 1
Sexual Reference: 3
Sexual Activity: 2
Action: 1
Gore: 1
Violence: 2
Profanity: 3


© 2002 Evan M. Nichols