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Rules Don't Apply (2016)

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An unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and the eccentric billionaire who they work for.

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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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Frank Forbes
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Levar Mathis
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Nadine Henly
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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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$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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Andrew Garfield was originally cast in a role but later dropped out, Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich were considered to replace him. 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 »

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Frank Forbes: [from trailer] You're an exception. Rules don't apply to you.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Incarnate/Rules Don't Apply (2016) See more »

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A Wonderful Character and Relational Story
2 December 2016 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Warren Beatty has written and directed a wonderful movie that weaves together both Beatty's character development version of the infamous Howard Hughes and the evolving relationship between an aspiring actress and her driver. This is definitely not Driving Miss Daisy (1989) nor does it resemble Leonardo DeCaprio as Mr. Hughe's The Aviator (2004). Instead Beatty has created a more luscious and tender Woody Allen parallel movie without Allen's unique directorial signature.

Rules Don't Apply incorporates a deft storyline that wraps the audience into a period movie and more important the sparkling and carefully, well portrayed coming of age of two young people smitten by Hollywood and Beatty's fun, eccentric, and intimate portrait of a billionaire living in a whirlwind of intelligent, almost whimsical fantasy. There's even an element about finding meaning in living and the realization of joy in experiencing defying rules, even one's own self-imposed prison of innocence or mental extravagance.

This movie is complemented by a flavor from the black and white contemporary silent movie The Artist (2011), the passage of time theme of Across the Universe (2007), the bigger than life whirlwind thrill of The Great Gatsby (2013), with echoes of Woody Allen's in-Allen's Magic in the Moonlight (2014). Yet Rules Don't Apply seems to stand out for its own standout varnish of evolving through time theme with a dash of reflective satisfaction and contentment.

Using an all-star cast with many well known actors allowing themselves to play secondary characters, this fun, sometimes tenderly sensitive drama, offers up a recollection of how classic movies used to be made and why they offered a magical touch of sensitivity and optimism of a time past, but filled with enduring themes that resonate in the conflicting and colder and even darker days of today.


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