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Rules of Attraction, The

original title: The Rules of Attraction


  • BBFC 18
  • German DVD
Release: Dec 08, 2009 - Author: Demerest - Translator: Gladion - external link: IMDB
Runtime of the BBFC 18-DVD: 1:46:08 (1:42:13 w/o credits)
Runtime of the FSK 16-DVD: 1:46:09 (1:42:13 w/o credits)

1 cut scene= 4,92 seconds

The cut BBFC 18-version by Icon Home Entertainment/Warner has been compared to the uncut FSK 16-version by Concorde.

Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll determine the student's life on renowned Camden College in New England in the excellent movie adaptation "The Rules of Attraction" (2002), based on Bret Easton Ellis' same-titled brilliant novel from 1987.
The movie is told from the perspective of three main characters, who, at the end, hit their respective bottoms on a party. "Perverted brother" from "American Pie" (1999) is lead by ex-"Dawson's Creek"-actor James van der Beek, who embodies drug dealer and serial-ladykiller "Sean Bateman", who lays female students at his college on a regular basis and only cares about his own interests.
Just as important in the movie is the character "Lauren Hynde", played by Shannyn Sossamon, who has fallen in love with "Viktor" a long time ago, but who is on a long travel through Europe. Due to a random encounter with "Lauren" and anonymous love letters, "Sean" believes "Lauren" is the secret admirer, but has to find out about the sobering truth later. Then, there's homosexual "Paul Denton", embodied by Ian Somerhalder, who again, is in love with "Sean", who is hetero, though, and doesn't even seem to notice "Paul". All in all, a dirty, polarising but still succeeded novel adaptation, which, to a certain extent, wants to depict a realistic image of today's young generation.

Alongside the BBFC 18-DVD by "Icon Film distribution Ltd", that was cut almost 1,5 minutes, "Icon Home Entertainment" actually released a differently cut BBFC 18-DVD in cooperation with "Warner", which features the same cut (the "suicide"-sequence had to be cut to meet BBFC-guidelines), but in its length is unequally shorter. Whether the former cut-version misses the complete sequence depicting the girl cutting her arteries and slowly departing this life, I'm afraid I cannot tell. What's worth mentioning, too, is that the BBFC 18-version that is at hand slowed down the subsequent shot showing the girl slowly dying in a way that the cut was "retouched" and the missing sequence does not make itself felt in the main runtimes of both versions.


The character "Sean Bateman", personated by James van der Beek, is "Patrick Bateman"'s younger brother, who is the main character in Bret Easton Ellis' novel "American Psycho". "American Psycho" (2000) was adapted before "The Rules of Attraction" (2002) with Christian Bale as the main act. In "The Rules of Attraction" "Patrick Bateman" is mentioned, but never appears. Christian Bale is said to having refused the offering.

Connotation: Master errors, Jump-Cuts or other scene-extensions/-contractions below one second have neither been valued as cuts nor calculated in the main runtime of the cuts, so a remaining runtime difference is possible. Runtime designation relates to the uncut version.

The BBFC 18-version misses the girl cutting her arteries after having put the razor blade on her wrist. The speed of the long subsequent shot was simply decreased in the BBFC 18-version.
4,92 seconds

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