Starring: Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Candice Bergen, Steve Coogan, Annette Bening, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Haley Bennett, Oliver Platt
Romantic comedy-drama written and directed by Warren Beatty which is an unconventional love story set in the 1950s and centers on Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), a devout Baptist beauty queen from Virginia and an aspiring actress under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), who arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), an ambitious young businessman and devout Methodist who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart, Sarah Bransford (Taissa Farmiga).
The pair have an instant attraction, but this is hindered by their religious convictions and the strict rules laid down by Hughes that prohibit any romantic or sexual interaction between his employees. But Hughes’ absurd 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.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Judge: Mr. Hughes, someone is making a profit on a plane that can’t fly!
Howard Hughes: This plane will fly. If it were to be a failure I would leave this country and never come back, and I mean it.
Howard Hughes: Billionaire, goddammit, not millionaire, and what the hell happened to the close-up of me in the cockpit?
Howard Hughes: You ain’t seen nothing yet.
[on the phone]
Bob Maheu: Howard, I’m finding it very difficult to run your entire operation when I’ve never, ever, actually see you.
Howard Hughes: I hired you as my double because you look exactly like me.
Frank Forbes: Mr. Hughes, the White House is calling you.
Howard Hughes: I want banana and ice cream!
Chef: [to Frank] Are you not in the desert with me! Is it not hot enough the desert? Where do I put three hundred fifty gallons of ice cream!
Frank Forbes: Mr. Hughes, Victor Hugo once said there’s nothing more powerful as an idea whose time has come.
[referring to the bowl of ice cream in Frank’s hand]
Howard Hughes: Is that banana nut?
Frank Forbes: Banana nut, sir, yeah.
Howard Hughes: I am finally going to do something that I haven’t done for far too long.
[referring to Hughes]
Frank Forbes: He knows he can’t fly.
Levar Mathis: Give the man some credit, he knows he can’t fly.
Colonel Nigel Briggs: I think we may have a door still open.
Howard Hughes: This is Frank’s first plane ride, I want to make it memorable.
[he turns off the engines]
Mr. Bransford: [to Frank] You still feel Howard Hughes is going to be interested in developing a housing project with a kid your age.
[Marla is being auditioned]
Producer: Tell us a little about yourself.
Marla Mabrey: I decided when I won a talent contest that maybe I’d give it a go in Hollywood.
Marla Mabrey: Do you have any idea how many houses he has for actresses under contract?
Sally: Something like fourteen.
Mamie: More like twenty-two.
Carrie: More like twenty-six.
Levar Mathis: [to Frank] Remember, any driver that tries any hanky-panky with a contract actress is fired.
Levar Mathis: [to Frank] That’s Marla Mabrey, she’s a Baptist nun. You do know why Baptists think sex is bad, don’t you? Because it might lead to dancing.
Levar Mathis: [to Frank] You do know why Baptists think sex is bad, don’t you? Because it might lead to dancing.
[as they watch Marla with walk out of the building with the other actresses]
Levar Mathis: If you or me make a move on one of these chicks, we are dead in the water, history, we’re fired. And the iron maiden has emerged.
Frank Forbes: The what?
Levar Mathis: Iron maiden. The virgin Marla.
Sally: What was that about?
Mamie: Some guys never stop looking to hide the salami.
Marla Mabrey: What?
Mamie: Hide the salami.
[Marla still looks confused]
Mamie: Do the deed. Dip the wick.
Sally: Burnish the cave.
Betty: Butter the muffin.
Marla Mabrey: I get it.
Frank Forbes: Hi, I’m Frank.
Marla Mabrey: Hi.
[driving Marla and her mother, Lucy]
Lucy Mabrey: Two weeks in Los Angeles and you’re working for Howard Hughes?
Frank Forbes: No harm in having high hopes, ma’am.
Lucy Mabrey: And what church do you go to, Frank?
Frank Forbes: First Methodist in Fresno.
Lucy Mabrey: I forgive you.
Marla Mabrey: She’s kidding.
Lucy Mabrey: We’re Baptist.
Lucy Mabrey: [to Marla] From all I’ve heard about Howard Hughes I hope he doesn’t expect to meet you in some hotel room.
Lucy Mabrey: [to Marla] When’s Frank’s fiancée coming to town?
Frank Forbes: My fiancée believes that once you’ve been intimate in the eyes of God you’re committed to that person for the rest of your life.
Marla Mabrey: So she believes that you’re already married. I agree with Sarah.
Frank Forbes: Well that’s, I mean that’s, I’m not legally married.
Marla Mabrey: Mr. Hughes, I’d like to thank you. Thank you for my acting classes, thank you for my ballet classes, thank you for the house, thank for the paycheck, and thank you for the chance to become a star. And I’m not insulted by your failure to meet me sooner because I know you have your own way of doing things.
Marla Mabrey: Mr. Hughes, I’d like to thank you for the chance to become a star.
Howard Hughes: You’ve never had a drink in your life?
Marla Mabrey: I don’t drink.
Marla Mabrey: I feel old.
Frank Forbes: Old?
Marla Mabrey: I mean wouldn’t you say in Hollywood, as a rule, when you’ve been here as long as I have that you should have already more or less shown what you can do? Let’s be honest, maybe I’m not the right girl for this. I mean, aren’t you supposed to have big bosoms and be sexy and casual about everything? I’m a square, I can’t really act, I can’t dance. I can write songs, but I can’t really sing. A movie actress should sing songs not write them. Wouldn’t you say that’s true? I mean as a rule, I mean in this town, aren’t those the rules?
Frank Forbes: What?
Marla Mabrey: Come on, Frank, you know the rules.
Frank Forbes: You’re an exception. The rules don’t apply to you.
Howard Hughes: You think I’m nuts, right?
Noah Dietrich: I really think you need help.
[jumps up in fear as he sees a kid in the room]
Howard Hughes: Ah, get that person out of here!
Noah Dietrich: [to Hughes] I think you should see someone.
Marla Mabrey: [to Frank] When you told me the rules don’t apply to me, you know, they don’t apply to you either.
[after they’ve made out]
Marla Mabrey: I behaved like a cheap floozy…
Frank Forbes: You’re not hearing what I’m saying.
Marla Mabrey: …and I’m not some disgusting tease of a virgin trying to steal another woman’s husband. Are you listening…
Frank Forbes: You’re not…
[suddenly they’re interrupted by Mathis]
Levar Mathis: Need any help?
Levar Mathis: Mr. Hughes wants to see you.
[we see a sobbing Marla take a drink before she spots Hughes]
Marla Mabrey: Well, hello.
Howard Hughes: That’s Marla Mabrey. What the hell is she doing here?
Levar Mathis: You said you wanted the girl with the two M’s.
Howard Hughes: Yes, Marilyn Monroe!
Levar Mathis: Ah!
Howard Hughes: Have you heard from people that I’m crazy?
Marla Mabrey: Well if you are as crazy then give me more crazy! You’re not crazy. You are not like other people, you’re an exception.
Howard Hughes: You make an old guy courageous, Marla.
[opens up a jewelry box with a ring]
Howard Hughes: Will you make an old guy courageous, Marla?
[to Marla; referring to the engagement ring on her hand]
Frank Forbes: Did somebody give that to you? Who gave that to you?
Howard Hughes: [to Frank] If anybody working for me wants to strike up a relationship with one of our contract actresses I have to fire him.
[Frank gets out of the car]
Marla Mabrey: What are you doing?
Frank Forbes: You’ve got a driver’s license, don’t you? Let’s go.
Marla Mabrey: Something we didn’t plan on has happened.
Lucy Mabrey: [to Marla] You are a gifted young woman with a wonderful future. This game Howard Hughes plays with young women doesn’t fool me one bit. Nobody’s getting any younger.
Rules Don’t Apply is set for release in the US November 23rd and UK January 27th.