Rules Don't Apply

Rules Don't Apply
Rules Don't Apply
  • PG-13
  • 2h 7m
  • 2016
Rotten55%
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In 1958 Hollywood, the attraction between an actress (Lily Collins) and her driver (Alden Ehrenreich) tests their religious beliefs and defies their boss Howard Hughes's (Warren Beatty) rule against their dating. Directed by Beatty (with a story by Beatty and Bo Goldman),Rules Don't Apply also features Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick in an all-star cast.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten55%
Critics Consensus: With Rules Don't Apply, Warren Beatty takes an overall affable -- but undeniably slight -- look at a corner of old Hollywood under Howard Hughes' distinctive shadow.
Reviews
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes
Fresh

A richly satirical portrait of American double standards.

June 25, 2017
London Evening Standard
Matthew Norman
Rotten

If Hughes's problem is the lack of anyone with the balls to tell him not to be so damned silly, th...

October 13, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

It's a plodding, plonking, clonking, clanking vanity project, watching which is like drowning in s...

June 25, 2017
Times (UK)
Ed Potton
Rotten

This is Warren Beatty's first film as director in almost 20 years and it really wasn't worth the w...

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
Glenn Heath Jr.
Fresh

An experimental, breathless, and messy passion project demanding of repeat viewings.

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Entertaining but uneven Hollywood drama has serious themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rules Don't Apply is a romantic drama about a young actress (Lily Collins) making her way in 1950s Los Angeles, at a time when Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty, who also wrote and directed the film), already a larger-than-life figure, was on his way to becoming a truly epic mystery. The film, which is both funny and melancholy, mines a number of serious subjects, including sexism, mental illness, paternity, sexual frustrations, and politics. While swearing is minimal, there is a use each of "f--k" and "s--t," as well "hell," "damn," "bitch," and other swear words. There's also a fair bit of sexual content, including passionate kissing, lots of talk about sex, a reference to premature ejaculation, and a scene in which a woman straddles a man. Characters also smoke and drink -- in one notable case, very much to excess.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:November 23, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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