Reviewed bytabunoVote: 9/10/10
Warren Beatty has written and directed a wonderful movie that weavestogether both Beatty's character development version of the infamousHoward Hughes and the evolving relationship between an aspiring actressand her driver. This is definitely not Driving Miss Daisy (1989) nordoes it resemble Leonardo DeCaprio as Mr. Hughe's The Aviator (2004).Instead Beatty has created a more luscious and tender Woody Allenparallel movie without Allen's unique directorial signature.
Rules Don't Apply incorporates a deft storyline that wraps the audienceinto a period movie and more important the sparkling and carefully,well portrayed coming of age of two young people smitten by Hollywoodand Beatty's fun, eccentric, and intimate portrait of a billionaireliving in a whirlwind of intelligent, almost whimsical fantasy. There'seven an element about finding meaning in living and the realization ofjoy in experiencing defying rules, even one's own self-imposed prisonof innocence or mental extravagance.
This movie is complemented by a flavor from the black and whitecontemporary silent movie The Artist (2011), the passage of time themeof Across the Universe (2007), the bigger than life whirlwind thrill ofThe Great Gatsby (2013), with echoes of Woody Allen's in-Allen's Magicin the Moonlight (2014). Yet Rules Don't Apply seems to stand out forits own standout varnish of evolving through time theme with a dash ofreflective satisfaction and contentment.
Using an all-star cast with many well known actors allowing themselvesto play secondary characters, this fun, sometimes tenderly sensitivedrama, offers up a recollection of how classic movies used to be madeand why they offered a magical touch of sensitivity and optimism of atime past, but filled with enduring themes that resonate in theconflicting and colder and even darker days of today.
Reviewed byHellmantVote: 8/10/10
'RULES DON'T APPLY': Four Stars (Out of Five)
The new comedy-drama-romance from writer/director/star Warren Beatty;Beatty hasn't directed (or written) a film since 1998's 'BULWORTH', andhe hasn't starred in a movie since 2001's 'TOWN & COUNTRY'. In thisfilm he plays the very eccentric, and extremely mentally ill,billionaire Howard Hughes. The movie tells the story of an aspiringyoung actress, and her driver (who both work for Hughes), that begin aforbidden love affair (forbidden by Hughes). Beatty directed the filmand co-wrote it, with Bo Goldman (who also co-wrote such epic dramasas'ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST' and 'SCENT OF A WOMAN'). The moviealso costars Alden Ehrenreich (the new Han Solo), Lily Collins, MatthewBroderick, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Alec Baldwin,Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen. It's received mixed reviews fromcritics, and it bombed at the Box Office. I liked it though.
Marla Mabrey (Collins) was an aspiring actress, that moved to Hollywood(in 1958) to work for Howard Hughes (Beatty). Mabrey was a devoutbaptist, from Virginia, that had never done so much as have a drink ofalcohol, or engage in premarital sex. She was accompanied by her strictmother, Lucy (Bening). Right away Mabrey and her driver, Frank Forbes(Ehrenreich), are immediately attracted to each other. Frank has afiancé though, and an affair between the two is strictly prohibited (bytheir employer, Hughes). Hughes' bizarre quirks, and severe mentalstruggles, also cause challenges for their relationship.
The movie is pretty interesting, and quite entertaining, at first; thenit loses it's way a little, but it does come to a pretty satisfyingconclusion. The performances are all good, especially Beatty in thelead; Ehrenreich and Bennett (two very promising up- and-coming actors,that I really like right now) are also good, but severely underused.Beatty's direction is adequate enough, but the script definitely couldhave used a few more rewrites. I still found the film to be mostlyamusing, and somewhat interesting. Howard Hughes was a very fascinatingperson though, that deserves a much better movie ('THE AVIATOR' wasmuch better).
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Reviewed byMisterWhiplashVote: 7/10/10
With Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply, there may be some highexpectations going in, and it's not because people are looking soforward to finally seeing Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins in a (semi)romantic coupling (though they are equal parts charming and serious inthis film, able to go to awkward comic moments and those Big DramaticConfrontation Moments in ways that are wonderful and surprising andshows they have a good director at the helm).
And it's not even because people may be clamoring for another movieabout the genius-cum-iconoclast-cum-megalomaniac Howard Hughes, since,well, we should have practically everything we'd need to see inScorsese's The Aviator (which, by the way, these two movies share notonly a couple of set pieces, at very different time periods in history,but Alec Baldwin too in a fairly important supporting role).
No, I know I expect more of Warren Beatty after an 18 year absence(lets forget Town & Country for now) and the biggest problem is that hehad final cut and put something together that is 25% a choppily editedmess. Whether he cut down for time, I'm sure I don't know, thoughhaving *four* credited editors is never a great sign.
Having said this, however, it's also a case where the parts are better,more entertaining, more charming, more engaging, more... just MORE thanthe whole, and one of Beattys underrated gifts as an actor and director- off kilter comic timing and eccentricity - is on excellent displayhere. It's a genuine if somewhat flawed and all over the place romanticcomedy with some genuinely moving overtones for being essentiallyabout... Being kind to people.
If this is his swan song, it could've been worse.
An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire, Howard Hughes, (Warren Beatty) for whom they work. It's Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, 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.