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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.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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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
Dan Desmond ...
Gladwin Hill
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Nadine Henly
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Colonel Willis
Karl Florine ...
Air Traffic Controller (as Karl J. Florine)
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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

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Kivétel és szabály  »

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Box Office

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,589,625, 25 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,647,836, 16 December 2016
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Trivia

New Yorker Matthew Broderick lived at Warren Beatty's guest house throughout the California shoot. See more »

Goofs

The movie begins with a "1964" dateline and later has a "five years before" card on screen. At one point, a radio broadcast informs listeners that the Brooklyn Dodgers will soon be moving to Los Angeles. By 1959 they had already done so and in fact played the Chicago White Sox in the World Series that year. See more »

Quotes

[Marla together with other contract actresses at a ballet studio]
Sally: So, did you get caviar ?
Marla Mabrey: Yes, I got caviar, but I still haven't met him. Do you have any idea how many houses he has for actresses under contract ?
Sally: I think something like... 14.
Mamie Murphy: [smiles] More like... 22.
Bella: [smiles] More like 26.
Marla Mabrey: [repeats together with the others in disbelief] 26!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Managua, Nicaragua
Written by Irving Fields and Albert Gamse
Performed by Heavy Young Heathens
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Flawed Narrative
1 January 2017 | by 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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