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The Rules Of Attraction Taught Me 17 Things About College Hookups


The Rules of Attraction is a 2002 film adapted from the Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name. Admittedly, my friend had to force me to see this because I refused to watch it since James van der Beek is in it and I cannot take that man seriously. However, he was excellent in the movie as was the rest of the cast, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossaman and Jessica Biel. Ian Somherhalder is in love with James van der Beek, who is in love with Shannyn Sossaman who is roommates with Jessica Biel at the fictional Camden College in New Hampshire. Their entanglements come to a head when they realize their attractions to one another are not entirely meaningful since they don’t really know each other.

Of the many movies set on college campuses The Rules of Attraction is my favorite because it effectively captures just the way people misinterpret, misunderstand and outright miss connections with each other.

Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.