Monday, February 14, 2011

235. The Rules of Attraction (2002)


I only had sex with her because I'm in love with you.

The hype around this movie before its release was pretty big. It was to combine the adult themes of "Pulp Fiction" and "American Psycho" with young college students. It originally received an NC-17, but was edited to an R (which is the only version that is now available). Upon its release, critics found its content to be surprisingly tame compared to other gross-out comedies of the day and the nearly all of the characters are pretty darn unlikable. This led to a pretty colossal box-office bomb. That being said, man, do I love this movie...

The story follows a handful of college students unsuccessfully looking for love. A gay student is in love with a straight student who thinks that a hot girl is his secret admirer when it actually is a lonely stalker. The hot girl is saving herself for her one true love who is vacationing in Europe and not thinking about her at all. In one of the single greatest moments in the history of movies, this character's entire trip to Europe is exhaustively told in a span of about 60 seconds. Also, this movie is probably the origin of my now ubiquitous catchphrase "rock-n-roll", which is used by James van der Beek's character as a sign of approval and agreement.

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