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Rules Don't Apply (2016)

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The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her ambitious driver, and their eccentric boss, the legendary billionaire Howard Hughes.

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Warren Beatty

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Warren Beatty (screenplay by), Warren Beatty (story by) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Tom ... TV Newsman #2
Paul Sorvino ... Vernon Scott
Peter Mackenzie ... Gene Handsaker
Ivar Brogger ... T.V. Newsman #1
Dan Desmond Dan Desmond ... Gladwin Hill
Alden Ehrenreich ... Frank Forbes
Matthew Broderick ... Levar Mathis
Candice Bergen ... Nadine Henly
Martin Sheen ... Noah Dietrich
Hart Bochner ... Colonel Willis
Karl Florine Karl Florine ... Air Traffic Controller (as Karl J. Florine)
Annette Bening ... Lucy Mabrey
Lily Collins ... Marla Mabrey
Madisyn Ritland Madisyn Ritland ... Bella
Louise Linton ... Betty
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Storyline

It's Hollywood, 1958. Aspiring actress, songwriter, small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) has a contract with movie mogul Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) and arrives with her mother (Annette Bening) in Los Angeles to do a screen test for one of his film projects. At the airport, they meet their driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich). Forbes is an ambitious young man with a business plan and engaged to his 7th grade sweetheart, both deeply religious Methodists. The instant attraction that Marla and Frank feel for each other not only puts their religious convictions and moral values to the test, but also defies Hughes' #1 rule: No employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes' enigmatic behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements, and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La excepción a la regla See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,589,625, 27 November 2016

Gross USA:

$3,652,206

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,885,342
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Sheen and Candice Bergen previously appeared in Gandhi (1982). See more »

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Paper shopping bags in the 1960's did not have handles. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Mabrey: [to Marla] Well, from all I've heard about Howard Hughes, I hope he doesn't expect to meet you in some hotel room...
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Crazy Credits

The end credits contain the standard disclaimer that all characters are fictional. But Howard Hughes, as well as his aides Noah Dietrich (played by Martin Sheen) and Robert Maheu (Alec Baldwin) are real people. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Incarnate/Rules Don't Apply (2016) See more »

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30 November 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'RULES DON'T APPLY': Four Stars (Out of Five)

The new comedy-drama-romance from writer/director/star Warren Beatty; Beatty hasn't directed (or written) a film since 1998's 'BULWORTH', and he hasn't starred in a movie since 2001's 'TOWN & COUNTRY'. In this film he plays the very eccentric, and extremely mentally ill, billionaire Howard Hughes. The movie tells the story of an aspiring young actress, and her driver (who both work for Hughes), that begin a forbidden love affair (forbidden by Hughes). Beatty directed the film and co-wrote it, with Bo Goldman (who also co-wrote such epic dramas as'ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST' and 'SCENT OF A WOMAN'). The movie also costars Alden Ehrenreich (the new Han Solo), Lily Collins, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Alec Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen. It's received mixed reviews from critics, and it bombed at the Box Office. I liked it though.

Marla Mabrey (Collins) was an aspiring actress, that moved to Hollywood (in 1958) to work for Howard Hughes (Beatty). Mabrey was a devout baptist, from Virginia, that had never done so much as have a drink of alcohol, or engage in premarital sex. She was accompanied by her strict mother, Lucy (Bening). Right away Mabrey and her driver, Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), are immediately attracted to each other. Frank has a fiancé though, and an affair between the two is strictly prohibited (by their employer, Hughes). Hughes' bizarre quirks, and severe mental struggles, also cause challenges for their relationship.

The movie is pretty interesting, and quite entertaining, at first; then it loses it's way a little, but it does come to a pretty satisfying conclusion. The performances are all good, especially Beatty in the lead; Ehrenreich and Bennett (two very promising up- and-coming actors, that I really like right now) are also good, but severely underused. Beatty's direction is adequate enough, but the script definitely could have used a few more rewrites. I still found the film to be mostly amusing, and somewhat interesting. Howard Hughes was a very fascinating person though, that deserves a much better movie ('THE AVIATOR' was much better).

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