‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Trailer: Warren Beatty’s First Film in 18 Years Is a Tangled Web

     July 14, 2016


20th Century Fox has released the first Rules Don’t Apply trailer. The “unconventional love story” takes place in 1958 and revolves around the relationship between Lily Collins’ religiously devout actress and Alden Ehrenreich’s equally conservative driver, both of whom are in the employ of eccentric visionary Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty).

I’m not exactly sure what to make of this film based off the trailer. It looks a little all over the place. There are parts of this trailer that look madcap and silly, and then there are other moments where it’s earnest, heartfelt romance. I’m not saying that those two elements can’t exist in the same film, but it’s presented oddly within the context of this trailer. Hopefully this all comes together because Beatty’s got himself an outstanding cast.

Check out the Rules Don’t Apply trailer below. The film opens November 23rd and also stars Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, and Martin Sheen.

Here’s the official synopsis for Rules Don’t Apply:

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.


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