|A satiric look
at a sexual triangle between Sean Bateman, the bisexual Paul, and Lauren, his
ex-girlfriend, at a New England liberal arts college.
We had actually
tried to pick this flick up a few times at the video store but they only had one
copy and it was always rented out. Hence, converting to the Netflix lifestyle.
Anyway, this is one that was largely triggered by me. I love the American Psycho
flick. We even own it. Why am I talking about that?
Well, it was written
by Bret Easton Ellis and so was The Rules of Attraction. So what's the
connection? The main character, played by James Van Der Beek, is the younger
brother of Patrick Bateman. But this is a completely different
Roger Avary directed it and I have only seen one of his other
movies -- Killing Zoe. I really enjoyed that flick. You probably are familiar
with Avary's work and are not even aware of it. He had a hand in a few of
Quentin Tarantino's flicks and apparently has stated that he won't hang around
with Tarantino anymore because Quentin always steals his ideas. Among the things
that were his work? He wrote all of the radio dialogue in Reservoir Dogs and
added a few elements to Pulp Fiction including the ideas of a boxer who won't
throw a fight and two assassins who accidently shoot somebody in the back of
Anyway, we both thought that this movie was okay. Near the
beginning of the movie, there is alot of this "reverse motion" effect which is
used to show a bunch of different things happening at the same time between the
main characters in the movie. It was cool but after a few minutes, it started
getting old. We understood why they did it and it even looked pretty cool a
couple of times, but I started wondering if the whole movie was going to be that
I thought Van Der Beek was great and I hope that he will eventually
be able to break away from the "Dawson" image because it seems like he is a
pretty good actor.
The way in which the character Victor was introduced
to the film (after hearing about him second-hand for almost the entire film) was
done very well and very effectively. I got a really big kick out of his
character and not really because of the performance or anything that he said. It
was all about how they did it.
I probably wouldn't watch the flick again
but it wasn't horrible or anything. It just moved along and when it was over we
both thought "Well, that was okay."
There was also another part in the
flick where this crazy character.. I think his name was Harry.. showed up and we
both laughed through just about the entire "dinner" scene because he was just so
If you do check this film out and enjoy it, you might be
interested to know that Roger Avary will be directing another Easton novel,
Glamorama, and it is already in production due out in October 2004.