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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, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

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Gene Handsaker
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Frank Forbes
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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)  »

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Exceção ás Regras  »

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$25,000,000 (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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Only film directed by Warren Beatty not receive any Oscar nominations. See more »

Goofs

When Frank first drives Marla and her mom, they travel east on Hollywood Boulevard, passing the Egyptian Theatre on their right. A few seconds later, the Chinese Theatre goes past on their left. They should have passed the Chinese Theatre first. See more »

Quotes

Frank Forbes: [from trailer] You're an exception. Rules don't apply to you.
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Referenced in Lorraine: Episode dated 14 October 2016 (2016) See more »

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Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor - 4. Adagietto Sehr Langsam
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Flawed Narrative
1 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised that Warren Beatty returned to directing after almost 20 years with another film about a disturbed man who is falling apart. Even more, why make another Howard Hughes film? You'd learn more about Hughes by watching the Tommy Lee Jones film or "The Aviator." Mr. Beatty was trying to be contemporary with the editing of the film (4 editors by the way) by cutting away from a scenes abruptly that were starting to get interesting.

The pace of the romance between the two lead characters was uneven and thus hard to believe. The costumes, production design, cinematography and much of the acting was great, but the narrative was confusing. There was a lot of interesting quirkiness and style, but because the point of view was scattered, it was hard to really get to know the characters.


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