Written and Directed by Warren Beatty, Rules Don’t Apply is a film in love with film, and hopeful that looking back at a different era, and a different era of filmmaking, is something people will still connect with today.
The movie is overloaded with talent, but centers on a young actress in the ’50s (Lily Collins) who finds herself working for Howard Hughes (Beatty).
The general plot is covered in the trailer, and fairly obvious, but more importantly the film looks to be a fantastic homage that simultaneously uses the most outlandish character to highlight an outlandish era/industry, and showcases the elements of film that turned so many into truly committed cinephiles.
Take a look, and let us know what you think of this one.
An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire (Warren Beatty), who they work for.It’s Hollywood, 1958. 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), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. 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. Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.