• Rules Don't Apply (2016)

Rules Don't Apply

Release Date: November 23rd, 2016

DVD Release Date: February 28th, 2017

PG-13 |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

Small-town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver, Frank Forbes, only two weeks on the job and also from a religiously conservative background. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test but also defies Hughes' number one rule: no employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress.

Cast: Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen

Director: Warren Beatty

Genres: Romance , Comedy drama

Production Co: Ratpac Entertainment, Regency Enterprises, Worldview Entertainment, Shangri-La Entertainment, Demarest Films

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Escape, Car, Sacrifice, Friend, Relationships, Intense, Emotional, Forbidden love, 1950s, Brooding

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Somewhat unshapely, though not shapeless; often repetitive; gleefully reckless with facts; probably too long (I say “probably” because I enjoyed every one of its 126 minutes); at times demandingly dense, with the kind of sizzling crosstalk that hasn’t been heard since Robert Altman, and as madly fragmented as its hero’s mind must have been. show more

  • 60
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    The romantic comedy-drama Rules Don’t Apply is, by turns, fizzy and melancholy, nostalgic and clear-eyed, but it never builds to anything especially substantial. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy