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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.

Director:

Warren Beatty

Writers:

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the second film Paul Schneider made about Hollywood in its early days, following Cafe Society (2016). See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Howard and Harlan discuss the fact that Marla is the only RKO contract girl with the initials MM. Later in the film, however, we learned that Mamie's last name also begins with the letter M. See more »

Quotes

Frank Forbes: [to Marla] You're an exception. Rules don't apply to you.
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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 »

Connections

Features The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Rockin' Robin
Written by Leon René (as Jimmie Thomas)
Performed by Bobby Day
Courtesy of Lynn Adajian
By arrangement with Nola Leone/Ace Music Services LLC
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Wanted to like this so much
21 November 2016 | by larry-solomon3See all my reviews

Really hope in time I'll realize that I just missed something, but as much as I hate to say it, this was somewhat disappointing. Any Beatty film will certainly have much to praise, and this is no exception - looks great, sounds great, great acting from an incredible cast, many funny moments - but the story doesn't hold up to the superior levels of the other areas. Out of respect for not giving anything away, I'll be vague, but there are a couple of major plot points that are rather forced. I'll trust that the protagonist's eccentricities are accurate reflections, but by the end, I just didn't care and many moments felt more like eccentricity for the sake of eccentricity. I remain such a fan that not sure if I want people to agree with this review or convince me that I'm wrong. My apologies, Mr. Beatty. I'll see anything you make and hope this won't be your last, but overall I didn't find this whole equal to the sum of its parts.


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