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.


[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.


Mamie: Some guys never stop looking to hide the salami.
Marla Mabrey: What?
Mamie: Do the deed. Dip the wick. Butter the muffin.
Marla Mabrey: I get it.


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.


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.
[she chuckles]
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 ask you for my acting classes, thank you for my ballet classes, and thank you for the chance to become a star.


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: Maybe I’m not the right girl for this. I’m a square, a movie actress should have big bosoms and be sexy. I mean in this town aren’t those the rules?
Frank Forbes: You’re an exception, the rules don’t apply to you.


Howard Hughes: You think I’m nuts, right?


[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 are not like other people, you’re an exception.


[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. Nobody’s getting any younger.


Rules Don’t Apply is set for release in the US November 23rd.



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