Rules Don't Apply
Director: Warren Beatty
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Lily Collins, Steve Coogan, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen
Country of Origin: USA 2016 126 mins. (12A)
Released by 20th Century Fox
A revamped Citizen Kane or a tongue-in-cheek comic portrait of Howard Hughes with a touch of 50s nostalgia and a prod at Hollywood. take your choice. The long awaited 'Rules Don't Apply' written, produced, directed and starring Warren Beatty and featuring Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), stars in her eyes, The Virgin Baptist Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) and her driver, deeply religious Methodist Frank Forbes who takes Marla to her dance classes and to pick up her weekly pay cheque via a fishing line lowered from a studio window, tries for a Beatty personal touch but falls flat. Movie mad, aeroplanes, big ego, paranoia, obsessive compulsive disorder, sex and premature ejaculation, all part of this Howard Hughes story.
Stars in her eyes Marla and her Baptist protective mother, Lucy (Annette Bening) didn't know that there'd be 25 other 'don't touch, off-limits,' stars in their eyes, under contract, Hollywood hopefuls, but Marla's sticking with it. Frank's engaged to his 7th grade sweetheart but he's fallen big time for Marla but no can touch Frank, that's a Howard Hughes rule. Marla gets close to the Big Man as the story moves from Hollywood to Las Vegas, Managua and Acapulco with TV dinners eaten alone and banana nut ice cream on the agenda. It's a bizarre world and Marla and Frank are in it full time.
Nostalgic for Hollywood times past, a 50s period feel, cameo guest roles up for grabs and a 30 minute entrance wait for Howard Hughes to grace the screen. That's Howard Hughes. That's Warren Beatty.
Funny and playful in the first half with some nice touches but then it falls off the shelf into a so-so, so what, dull take on the enigmatic Howard Hughes.