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April 28, 2017
This film is worth seeing just in order to see a great actor and clever director at work.
Super Reviewer
April 22, 2017
More humorous than I expected. It's kind of a mess, but I still admire Beatty's bizarre vision.
April 7, 2017
Well acted. Good costumes and appropriate cinematography. Generally interesting, but not much more than that.
March 31, 2017
Maybe it was the fact that I watched this on a red eye flight but BOY was this movie incoherent.

In one corner you have the story of a good Christian upstart who wants to be an actress but just needs a push of confidence!

Then there's her driver who's also a good Christian upstart who wants to get into real estate and make something of himself and get with aforementioned young woman.

Then they both give into temptation and get hot and heavy and chaste and realize. No- there's too much at stake here. You have a steady girlfriend at home and I'm a virgin!

And you might be like wow what a compelling and innocent love story. But no wait, in come Warren Beatty doing his best Howard Hughes impersonation and SURPRISE this entire movie is about Howard Hughes!! He literally sticks his dick in the virgin chick, hires the good Christian boy as his assistant, totally fucks up THAT budding romance, and also does a buncha wacky shit because he's CrAzY HoWaRD~*~*~*!!!

Like, dude, Warren. Pick a film. Either your lame romance movie with best-part-of-Hail-Caesar Alden Ehrenreich and Ms Eyebrows or just redo The Aviator. Can't have both, dawg.
½ March 31, 2017
"It has finely-tuned performances from the two young leads and it's nice to see Warren Beatty back on the big screen but "Rules Don't Apply" feels like a recycled version of Hollywood's golden age."
DVD Movie Review: Rules Don't Apply
Date Viewed: March 18 2017
Directed By Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Dick Tracy and Bulworth)
Screenplay By Warren Beatty, Story By Warren Beatty and Bo Goldman
Starring: Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Megan Hilty, Ed Harris, Oliver Platt, Martin Sheen, Paul Sorvino, Taissa Farmiga, Amy Madigan, Paul Schneider, Chace Crawford, Patrick Fischler, Ron Perkins and Peter Mackenzie.

Warren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply" is another love letter to Hollywood's golden years but it's not as witty or smart as the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" from last year. It has finely-tuned performances from the two young leads and it's nice to see Warren Beatty back on the big screen but "Rules Don't Apply" feels like a recycled version of Hollywood's golden age. Don't get me wrong, I love these type of movies but Beatty who makes his first screen appearance in 15 years as well as his first writing and directing effort since 1998's "Bulworth" never makes the case into why we should care about this story which is in tune to those classic Hollywood love stories from six decades ago.

Mostly set around Hollywood in 1958, the story follows Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), a small town beauty queen and devout baptist from Virginia who dreams of becoming a famous actress. She and her strict mother, Lucy (Beatty's wife, Annette Bening) get picked up her personal driver, Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich) and he drives them to her new lavish home which was paid for the aging billionaire Howard Hughes (Beatty) and his associates.

Marla wants to know more about her upcoming screen test but she has yet to meet Hughes and her strict mother warns her about Hughes' past history with younger women and how other men treat women in the Hollywood industry. When Marla finally does meet with Hughes, he just has one rule, young actresses who are put in his contract are not allowed to have imitate relationships with Hughes' employees.

As Frank enters into a business venture with Hughes, he starts having affections for Marla but their personal relationship has two difficult obstacles, Hughes' rule of not getting imitate with any his fellow actresses and plus he has a fiancée (Taissa Farmiga) waiting for him back home. The relationship between Frank and Marla despite it being screwball and formulaic is well told, the costumes are nice to look at and the look and scenery of late 50's Hollywood is impressive but Warren Beatty is kind of a sour thumb as Howard Hughes. He nails his seductive charm and pure wittiness but what's missing in Beatty's performance is substance. Leonardo DiCaprio had substance when he played Hughes in "The Aviator" but sadly that's not case with Beatty in this movie.

"Rules Don't Apply" also has a big piñata of recognizable players including Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Martin Sheen, Oliver Platt, Paul Sorvino and even Dabney Coleman but several of them don't have much to do or add anything to the story. Alden Ehrenreich who will be playing Han Solo in a future Star Wars Anthology film is suave and likeable as the chauffeur who falls in love with an aspiring actress and Lily Collins who I criticized for a long time is actually gives a fine performance as Marla whose religious and working beliefs are put to the test when she enters into a forbidden relationship with her personal driver. Lily Collins may have been the daughter of famous singer Phil Collins but the real-life Hollywood establishment didn't have the heart to cast her in good roles so she was placed in crappy garbage such as "Abduction", "Priest", "Mirror Mirror" and "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones".

I admire Warren Beatty for coming back and for making a love story that takes place in the heart of Hollywood's golden age but "Rules Don't Apply" feels too long and it should've been a more deeper and satisfying movie than this.
March 30, 2017
Although it was great to see Warren Beatty (looking good) in a movie again and Annette Bening (briefly), what was Beatty thinking? (Yes, and that is Candice Bergen has Huges' secretary)
March 27, 2017
I kindda dislike character like this Howard Hughes, just because he has a good reputation (famous person/have a say in Hollywood) he make people around him sucked in to his lunatic behaviour (bizzare world), i understand that it's his personality and in a way he just protecting himself from people who wants to take an advantage from his wealth (maybe) but yeah i don't know, you'll see me bewlidered if i ever encounter someone like this and go as far away as i can, just too confusing to comprehend..hehe
½ March 25, 2017
Asides from the pleasant 60s aesthetic of the film, Rules Don't Apply is a discombobulated mess in every conceivable way. The story is all over the place with too many plots and subplots that don't cohesively fuse to create a proper motion picture. There's also no romance nor comedy so it's baffling to decipher the genre of this boring and uninteresting movie where I was annoyed trying to understand who exactly I'm supposed to be rooting for: the naive actress, the unlikable driver, or the insane old man.
½ March 19, 2017
A shame for Warren Beatty!
½ March 11, 2017
Warren Beatty hasn't made a film in 15 years, and hasn't directed one since 1998's "Bulworth," only acting in one film since that feature. His return behind the camera (and in front) is a rather mediocre romantic comedy/drama with Beatty turning in a decent performance as the older and crazier version of the mysterious real-life billionaire and recluse, Howard Hughes. Hughes is good fodder for movies, because he is such a strange character, a man who was charismatic, eccentric, and a major public figure in his younger days that disappeared from the public eye as his own mental illnesses took hold of him. As Martin Scorses already made a pretty good film about Hughes younger days and his early descent into his OCD and mental decline, Beatty could've actually made an interesting film about his later years as a billionaire recluse with paranoia and clear mental issues that has no one to tell him no...based on his performance here, he might've done a good job of it. But he shoe-horned in a romantic plot-line that is vastly less interesting, with stars that a likable enough but don't have much to them, and Beatty's version of Hughes ends up as a strange backdrop to the whole thing. Just seems like he relegated himself to the background when he is playing the most interesting character. The film might've even worked if it was focused less on the romance, and more on the people working under Hughes fulfilling his increasingly strange demands. A shame, just ends up a bit of a hollow experience in the end.
½ February 23, 2017
What a boring mess. What story is Beatty trying to tell and why is it burdened with so many subplots and sub-subplots? This film is all dressed up and can't move under its own weight.
Super Reviewer
February 22, 2017
At the core of this slice of late 50's, early 60's Hollywood is, tah-dah, (of course) a love story. Unfortunately both of our young lovers come off as opportunistic wannabes, particularly when played against the always-in-shadow Howard Hughes (writer/director/producer Beatty) who seems bewildered as to why they seem bewildered over being played so, um, ruthlessly. And he does play them both. Sucks all the charm right out of the thing. Somehow Annette Bening escapes as the only sympathetic character onscreen and she's only there for a minute.
½ February 20, 2017
"Rules Don't Apply" glows with the look and feel of golden age Hollywood, but it squanders its lush production design and an exceptional cast on its weak and sporadically plotted script.
½ February 19, 2017
"Rules Don't Apply" starts off pretty good, giving us a scrumptious look at old time Hollywood. The world of Howard Hughes starts to become clear. The last half strays too far away from what made the first half interesting. Also, the film missteps when it comes to throwing too much fiction with its facts.
February 15, 2017
Oodles of charm and a standout performance from Warren Beatty combine to produce an entertaining if somewhat slight affair that has moments of verging on soap. However with the added heft of Annette Bening in a minor role and the two leads LIly Collins and Alden Ehrenreich nicely underplaying the love interest the whole thing sparkles along in a pleasant if pretty undemanding way.
½ January 12, 2017
There are lots of big-time actors in the film and lots of vintage automobiles (and of course, Howard Hughes wooden airplane).
December 29, 2016
one of the most underrated films of this film Warren Beatty is a great actor and filmmaker and deserves better then a mediocre reviews and a luck warm resection at the box office this is a great film from a great man.
½ December 25, 2016
What I got to say about "Rules Don't Apply" is that it's a good movie from beginning to end. "'It's charming and hilarious of a movie." The performances by the cast is terrific. "Warren Beatty gives his best performance of the year!" The directing and screenplay by Warren Beatty himself is really refreshing and on point. The cinematography is good. The score is great and enjoyable to listen to. Finally, the effects are good are as well. "I have to report that "Rules Don't Apply" is a modern classic movie. For my opinion, it express how things were back then in Hollywood and the difference for Hollywood is today."
½ December 23, 2016
#Waran Battery #Director and star of this movie. Low budget and a solid movie, a good time.
½ December 18, 2016
Very disappointing. Beatty should have stayed retired and the story could not ever be compared to Aviator!!!!!
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