Rules of Attraction
The Rules of Attraction
By Deborah-Jean Kantor
something familiar about being filmed by a NYU student
who thinks you look like Clara Bow and being woken
up by a perfect stranger who's taking you from behind
and for the encore throws up all over you.
What am I talking about?
that naughty flick Pulp Fiction?
of Attraction was co-written and directed by the same
guy; only Roger Avary could write something this disturbing
and make it into an art work.
characters take any drug they can get their hands
on, have sex with anyone willing and spend most of
their time oohing and ahhing over the ones they can't
have. Vomit-girl is Lauren, (Shannon Sossamon, from
40 days and 40 nights) a college student and a virgin
who's waiting for Mr. Right; Victor, (Kip Pardue)
a backstreet boy look a like who's been on a screw-fest
through Europe and doesn't even know Lauren exists.
Van Der Beek, (Dawson from Dawson's creek) plays Sean
Bateman a cool version of Bill Pullman from Lost Highway,
who sells an assortment of drugs to stay in college.
Sean is infatuated with Lauren's virgin innocence
and falls in love with her-but Lauren's in love with
who's in love with Sean?
Paul, (Ian Somwehalder) is a lonely gay guy who clings
himself to the idea of him and Sean being together.
a topsy turvey love triangle with too many third wheels.
thing that impressed me is not so much the story line-because
I am a firm believer that once you have seen one college
flick-you've seen them all!
was the direction that won me over, I was spun with
the loads of visual tricks Roger Avary was able to
do. He created a lead up sequence for the meeting
of Lauren and Sean in a split-screen and unites the
screen together as the two characters become better
acquainted. He takes a few tricks from pulp fiction
by reversing the film to take up a story form all
different character's point if view, but still keeps
scenes are intensely uncomfortable but without Avary
directing this film it's sure to have some sort of
floppiness qualities about it. Particularly in James
Van Der Beek's favour, it brings him out as a terrific
actor and it's complimenting to see him in such a
not surprised anymore that young people take drugs,
have frequent sex, so the story line didn't really
do it for me. It was more the techniques in direction.
Rules of Attraction is just another swooney teen flick-with
a harder edge. If you want to see the movie, see it
for the scenes and the camera tricks-it's not slumber
is the direction of the rules of attraction similar
to Lost Highway?
The long and winding road conveying Sean's confusion
is a mimic of the introduction of Lost Highway.
The half shots of Sean's head as he is in thought,
shows the intensity of the pose, this is displayed
in character Balthazar Ghetty from Lost Highway.