Rules Don’t Apply (2016)
In the 1950s, Hollywood had a huge influence in the form of Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), an actor, inventor and recluse. He ran a talent agency in Los Angeles, however, none of his clients ever saw him. In fact, most people never saw him except for a few close people, and even then they only saw him a little. Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich) works for Howard as a driver and he is assigned to Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) who is a new talent coming to work for him. There is a rule when it comes to being employed with Howard Hughes and that is not to fraternize with the talent. Frank can abide by this rule, but when Marla begins to show interest in Frank, things soon start to get out of control.
At first, I didn’t understand why this movie needed to be made. We have seen this kind of movie before with “forbidden love” and the breaking of the rules, but the setting and the main characters add some flare to the story and keep it somewhat interesting. The addition of Howard Hughes was a mystery to me because this story has very little to do with him until the 2nd half of the film. After seeing the movie The Aviator, we all know that Howard was a crazy guy, but the love triangle was missing and perhaps that was because this happened later in his life or being this story is bogus, either way I didn’t understand why someone from history was included.
The 2nd half of the movie is when it gets more interesting because not only does Howard have a stronger presence, but the main characters we have been watching finally come into focus. All the development pays off as the relationship between Marla and Frank come to a head and the drama keeps the audience interested. The performances of Warren Beatty, Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich also help this movie feel more mature
As I stated before, I’m not exactly sure the history of this movie nor why this movie was made, but it isn’t a horrible watch. I think that those of you that do sit down to see this movie won’t regret it and the story will keep you interested, but those of you that skip this aren’t missing out on much. I think if anything, this movie brings Warren Beatty back to relevance and shows us the talents of Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich. It was nice to see Matthew Broderick back in a decent role too.
6/10 Stars – It was odd at first, but the story and characters grow on you a little. I found that the setting and the drama kept me interested as the movie went on, but that isn’t saying much. It is merely “ok.”