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Rules Don't Apply (2016)

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The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and their boss, an eccentric billionaire named Howard Hughes.

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TV Newsman #2
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Vernon Scott
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Gene Handsaker
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T.V. Newsman #1
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Gladwin Hill
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Frank Forbes
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Levar Mathis
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Nadine Henly
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Noah Dietrich
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An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire, Howard Hughes, (Warren Beatty) for whom they work. It's Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes' #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes' behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very 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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Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements, and drug references | See all certifications »
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23 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'Exception à la règle  »

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$26,700,000 (estimated)

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$1,589,625 (USA) (25 November 2016)

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$3,647,836 (USA) (16 December 2016)
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Bo Goldman, who is credited with the story, also wrote another Howard Hughes film Melvin and Howard (1980). See more »

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The H-4 Hercules, aka, "The Spruce Goose," actually flew its one and only flight on November 2, 1947, well before the events of the film. See more »

Quotes

Frank Forbes: [from trailer] You're an exception. Rules don't apply to you.
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Performed by The Harding University Concert Choir
Courtesy of Dallas Christian Sound, Inc.
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Better only because it is "lighthearted" amongst other movie offerings
27 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a sentence, this movie is more enjoyable and seemingly better because everything else in the theaters this Thanksgiving is so dire, emotionally wrenching, violent and/or sci-fi. This is a chic film, and not even a good one. One reviewer said it best, something to the effect that individual scenes work better than the whole movie put together.

Of course, given that it is essentially a rom-com, perhaps I am expecting too much. Which is a shame because really there was great potential to clean it up and go somewhere with this movie. The story is inane, too many subplots that go nowhere, Beatty as Howard Hughes doesn't hold a candle to Leonardo DiCaprio's brilliant portrayal, all the cameos are only distracting, and ultimately the ending is less than satisfying.

I went on Sunday, at 1:00, Thanksgiving weekend, and the theater was empty. Clearly the word is out that this movie isn't worth the money to attend. I concur.


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