James Van Der Beek stars in the film adaptation of the critically acclaimed Bret Easton Ellis novel “The Rules Of Attraction”. Fans used to his romantically passive role in Dawsons Creek are in for a shock as he plays drug dealer and womanizer Sean Bateman.
It’s the mid-1990’s at Camden College for the Arts, your typical New England campus. Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek) is the younger brother of psychotic Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) .
Sean is a drug dealer, owes a lot of money to “fellow” dealer Rupert Guest (Clifton Collins, Jr.), and sleeps with nearly half the female population on campus.
Lauren Hynde (Shannyn Sossamon) is a virgin. She’s saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson (Kip Pardue), who’s left the states to backpack across Europe. Her promiscuous roommate, Lara (Jessica Biel), has the hots for Victor as well.
Paul Denton (Ian Somerhalder) is bisexual. He used to love Mitchell Allen (Thomas Ian Nicholas) before Mitchell dumped him for Candice (Clare Kramer). Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean and used to date Lauren. Lauren loves both Sean and Victor.
Directed by Roger Avary (Killing Zoe, Mr. Stitch), the film cleverly depicts all the hilarious and dangerous hedonistic tendencies on a 1990’s college campus.