The Rules of Attraction (2002) [THE UNWATCHABLES]

by robinhardwick

The Unwatchables


For the last few posts, I’ve talked about films that were unwatchable because of content. This film is one that may have not been on your radar, because of limited attention upon release and mediocre response from critics. It came and went quickly, making it not easily accessible However, The Rules of Attraction has had a slow burn, and people are now realizing the merits of the film (and thanks to Netflix Instant).

The Rules of Attraction  is a film about college students but it is certainly not a film about college. Plot is non-existent. Characters lack moral decision-making and act in ways that baffle the audience. Based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name, there was no real way to market it to “mainstream” audiences.

It takes a lot of courage to make an attempt at adapting a Bret Easton Ellis novel to the screen…

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