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Many movies charm us with their age-old tale of boy meets girl boy falls in love with girl both live happily ever after The Rules of Attraction however does anything but this Rules is not the typical teeny-bopper gross out college comedy It is a merciless and honest look into the reality of the lives of three individuals The first Sean Bateman James van Der Beek is a drug dealer with an outstanding debt to his junkie 3000 to be exact Sean is violently harrassed by the dealer and his cohorts and deals with his stress in the only ways that he knows how-through his addictions Ive got to get some more pot and get laid Sean thinks as he smokes a joint offered to him by character number two Paul Dent character number two is a homosexual looking for love and hoping to find it in Sean In the scene previously mentioned Paul begins to fantasize about having sex with Sean as he smokes Pauls pot The third character Lauren Shannyn Sossoman is a virgin girl who has resisted the partying life by looking at photographs of STDs when faced with inviations What she desires is to lose her virginity to the right guy Lauren meets Sean in a deserted hallway and the two begin to talk They both begin to develop feelings for each other but neither one is vulnerable enough to act on them They both attempt to find each other at various times but unavailability and mistakes keep them apart Meanwhile Paul must go on a trip to visit with his mother his ex-boyfriend and his mother Slowly the three become more and more separated as we watch their lives split apart in opposite directions until the end of the film Rules of Attraction contains explicit and graphic sexual homosexual and drug content but in no way glorifies any of it There is nothing wanton or gratuitous about this film This
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