Rules Don't Apply

Lists: Drama

Brief Synopsis: "It's Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey, under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes, arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes, who is engaged to be married to his seventh grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes' number one 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."

Overall Ranking: 2567 (Rank from 2016: # 116)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 50%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Warren Beatty (Howard Hughes)
  • Annette Bening (Lucy Mabrey)
  • Matthew Broderick (Levar Mathis)
  • Lily Collins (Marla Mabrey)
  • Alden Ehrenreich (Frank Forbes)
  • Alec Baldwin (Bob Maheu)
  • Haley Bennett (Mamie Murphy)
  • Candice Bergen (Nadine Henly)
  • Dabney Coleman (Raymond Holliday)
  • Steve Coogan (Colonel Nigel Briggs)
  • Ed Harris (Mr. Bransford)
  • Megan Hilty (Sally)
  • Oliver Platt (Forester)
  • Martin Sheen (Noah Dietrich)
  • Paul Sorvino (Vernon Scott)
  • Taissa Farmiga (Sarah Bransford)
  • Amy Madigan (Mrs. Bransford)
  • Paul Schneider (Richard Miskin)
  • Chace Crawford (Young Actor)
  • Eileen Ryan (Franks Grandmother)
  • Patrick Fischler (Director)
  • Ron Perkins (Senator Ferguson)
  • Peter MacKenzie (Gene Handsaker)
  • Julio Oscar Mechoso (President Somoza)
  • Evan O’Toole (Matt Mabrey)
  • Joshua Malina (Herb)
  • Hart Bochner (Colonel Willis)
  • Michael Badalucco (Solly)
  • Ashley Hamilton (Rudolf)
  • Sarah Baker (Nurse #2)
  • Warren Beatty (Director)