Rules Don't Apply

Rules Don't Apply

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Rules Don't Apply

Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments) and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) lead this Hollywood Golden Era comedy from Oscar-winning filmmaker Warren Beatty - his first directorial feature after 18 years.

Small town beauty queen 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), a deeply religious Methodist who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart. 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.

2016Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual references127 minsUSA
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Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

Warren Beatty's first directorial project since 1998's underrated and subsequently re-assessed Bulworth is a strangely inconsequential affair that functions nicely as a nostalgic trip to old Hollywood. Unfortunately it fails to really spark as either the romantic comedy it appears to have been conceived as, or as an insight into the later life of real-life industrialist-turned-Hollywood player Howard Hughes, whom Beatty portrays.

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Hughes hides ... until nearly 25 minutes into the picture, though the character can't help but commandeer our attention from that point on, especially amid the vanilla pudding that serves as the rest of the plot.

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Time Out

Time Out

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Like everything this star-director has done, the film is deceptively smart. It's just a little too late to the game.

3.0
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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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A wildly scattershot comedy filled with bright moments that never cohere.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It may be hyperbolic to describe Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes movie, "Rules Don't Apply," as a screwball "Citizen Kane." But that's what it feels like.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Warren Beatty plays Howard Hughes with seductive charm, sneaky intelligence and buggy eccentricity. Sadly, Beatty as writer and director has chosen to make Hughes a supporting role, teasing a much deeper portrait.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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It's not without its charms, but there aren't enough of them and they don't readily cohere.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

A fitfully funny quasi-farce that takes off promisingly, loses its way mid-flight and comes in for a bumpy but safe landing.

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Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

Warren Beatty's first directorial project since 1998's underrated and subsequently re-assessed Bulworth is a strangely inconsequential affair that functions nicely as a nostalgic trip to old Hollywood. Unfortunately it fails to really spark as either the romantic comedy it appears to have been conceived as, or as an insight into the later life of real-life industrialist-turned-Hollywood player Howard Hughes, whom Beatty portrays.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Hughes hides ... until nearly 25 minutes into the picture, though the character can't help but commandeer our attention from that point on, especially amid the vanilla pudding that serves as the rest of the plot.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Like everything this star-director has done, the film is deceptively smart. It's just a little too late to the game.

3.0
0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

A wildly scattershot comedy filled with bright moments that never cohere.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It may be hyperbolic to describe Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes movie, "Rules Don't Apply," as a screwball "Citizen Kane." But that's what it feels like.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Warren Beatty plays Howard Hughes with seductive charm, sneaky intelligence and buggy eccentricity. Sadly, Beatty as writer and director has chosen to make Hughes a supporting role, teasing a much deeper portrait.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's not without its charms, but there aren't enough of them and they don't readily cohere.

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

A fitfully funny quasi-farce that takes off promisingly, loses its way mid-flight and comes in for a bumpy but safe landing.

0