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— Ryan J. Downey, with additional reporting by Nick Zano


Imagine sitting — no, squirming — with your family as you watch yourself on the big screen recklessly vomiting, snorting, drinking, smoking and shagging your way through college.

 Scenes From & Stars Of "The Rules Of Attraction"
"I saw it with my boyfriend, my parents and my little brother," Jessica Biel said of "The Rules of Attraction," a brutally raunchy new satire in which she regularly uses drugs and at one point disappears into a room with an entire football team. "I was sitting right next to my dad and um, you know, he gave me that look, over the shoulder."

"Dawson's Creek" pin-up James Van Der Beek, who also stars in the film, said his fiancée and his sister really liked the movie, but "I know there's stuff in there that they're just going, 'Oh, I didn't need to see that.' But I guess that's part of the fun of it all, really. This movie goes there. It doesn't pull any punches, and I think that's kind of the point."

Yes, "The Rules of Attraction" certainly does "go there." To call this flick a party movie, akin to "American Pie" or "Porky's," would be a disservice to its potential audience.

 "... sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll [and] raging hormones."
"I think it will raise the bar on how these films are made, on how the whole teen genre is personified," said Ian Somerhalder, who exchanges a kiss with Van Der Beek in the movie. "The way that it is personified now is false. I think ['Rules'] is a fair depiction of college life in America — sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll [and] raging hormones."

The film's stars, an ensemble that includes Somerhalder ("Life as a House"), Biel (TV's "7th Heaven"), Shannyn Sossamon ("A Knight's Tale"), Kate Bosworth ("Blue Crush"), Kip Pardue ("Driven"), Van Der Beek and a handful of others, all play completely irredeemable characters. They're devoid of compassion, pity or self-worth, and throughout the film they collide into each other while engaged in a series of reprehensible activities.

It's a sickening spectacle conjured from a book by the author of "American Psycho" by a director who co-wrote "Pulp Fiction."

"Every person has such a unique reaction to this movie," Pardue said. "Nobody really knows what to come out of the theater feeling. I've seen it five times and I don't even know."

 "I remember reading the script and feeling just a strange feeling ..."
"I remember reading the script and feeling just a strange feeling that I'd never felt before," Sossamon said. "It didn't feel like, 'Oh my gosh, this would be great to do, it's so racy.' It just felt like, 'Gosh, this would be great to do because I've never felt like this before after reading something."

Van Der Beek, though, was looking to do something risqué. After all, for nearly four seasons he's played goody-two-shoes Dawson Leery on "Dawson's Creek," and he was itching to break out.


NEXT: James Van Der Beek and Ian Somerhalder sitting in a tree — for less than 10 seconds ...
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