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Rules Don't Apply

  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • 2016
  • Warren Beatty
  • 126 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Romantic comedy drama starring Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins and Warren Beatty. Hollywood, 1958: while working as a driver for RKO Pictures, Frank Forbes meets budding starlet Marla Mabrey and falls in love. However, when Frank and Marla finally meet their reclusive boss, Howard Hughes, things swiftly become complicated.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Warren Beatty returns to the screen for the first time since 2001 to play eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes in this comedy drama set largely in Hollywood as the 1950s edges into the 1960s. After an opening caption warning us that it'll play fast and loose with the facts, what follows unfolds a few years after Hughes's real-life tenure at RKO Pictures. The movie faithfully re-creates the capricious industrialist's tendency to sign young women to highly paid contracts, keep them in luxury, then never actually give them any movies to do. One such hopeful is the gamine Lily Collins, who finds her upright Christian values tested when she falls for her ambitious chauffeur Alden Ehrenreich - though Hughes strictly forbids such fraternisation. The intrigue which follows is mildly amusing, vaguely romantic and, like Beatty's sometimes vulnerable, sometimes knockabout central performance, entirely ill-focused. Is it a story about the resilient dreams of youth or the regrets of befuddled old age? Either way, it shows Beatty the actor and the director, seemingly unsure of his own intentions and, sadly, rather past his best.

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Credits

Cast

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Howard HughesWarren Beatty
Frank ForbesAlden Ehrenreich
Marla MabreyLily Collins
Noah DietrichMartin Sheen
Bob MaheuAlec Baldwin
Nadine HenleyCandice Bergen
Lucy MabreyAnnette Bening
Mamie MurphyHaley Bennett
Levar MathisMatthew Broderick
Mr BransfordEd Harris
Mrs BransfordAmy Madigan
Sarah BransfordTaissa Farmiga
Colonel Nigel BriggsSteve Coogan
ForesterOliver Platt
Raymond HollidayDabney Coleman
Vernon ScottPaul Sorvino

Crew

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DirectorWarren Beatty

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2017-04-21
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing
Formats
Colour
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