Wednesday, November 23

Review: Rules Don't Apply

Published: November 23, 2016
Do rules actually apply to Rules Don't Apply.
Rules Don’t Apply is a film set in the late 1950’s that focuses on Marla Mabrey, a young, Baptist woman from Virginia that moves to Hollywood in hopes of making it big as an actress. While in Hollywood she meets her driver Frank Forbes, a young, Methodist driver with hopes of also being successful, from their boss an eccentric billionaire named Howard Hughes. The two instantly are attracted to one another but are forbidden from being together because of several obstacles including differing religions, Frank’s marriage and Howard’s rule of no romance between his employees.

This movie was very eccentric just like the boss Howard Hughes. It bounced all over the place and never really re-visted things you thought might be important making it somewhat hard to follow. It also made it hard to get attached to the characters because it jumped around so much and at one point almost became a different movie because the character focus changed so drastically.

The romance in this romantic dramedy felt awkward and almost pitiful. The connection between the Marla and Frank was forced at sometimes and when they talked to each other it didn’t feel real unlike some actors can make it seem. It was funny in some parts more so toward the beginning fulfilling the comedy aspect and it definitely provided drama, which was one of the main things keeping the both the plot and my interest going.

Lastly, the accents were awful because sometimes they were there and other times they weren’t. Too often the drop off of accents happened during sentences and it was very noticeable.

If you’re into periodic films Rules Don’t Apply may be for you, if not it’s got Matthew Broderick in it that makes it somewhat more worthwhile.

2 out of 5

What would I have changed? (Spoilers)
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Ashley Ashley (Contributor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi

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