Beatty’s Howard Hughes is a recluse

Irish Daily Mail - - Coffee Break -

WAR­REN BEATTY’S first film this cen­tury (he is the di­rec­tor, writer, pro­ducer and star) for­tu­itously arrives in cin­e­mas at a time when he would doubt­less like to be talked about for some­thing other than his un­wit­ting role in screw­ing up the Os­cars.

Rules Don’t Ap­ply does the job nicely. It is set at the turn of the Six­ties, with Beatty play­ing the leg­endary movie mogul, avi­a­tor, in­ven­tor, recluse and all-round weirdo Howard Hughes — pos­si­bly one of the few men to gen­er­ate as many Hol­ly­wood anec­dotes as Beatty him­self.

A strong cast in­cludes Beatty’s wife An­nette Ben­ing as the strict, am­bi­tious mother of would-be star­let Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins). She arrives in Hol­ly­wood from small-town Vir­ginia to do a screen test for the fa­mous Mr Hughes.

His of­fice has sup­plied her with a dishy driver, Frank (Alden Ehren­re­ich but their ob­vi­ous mu­tual at­trac­tion is com­pli­cated, partly by Hughes’s in­sis­tence that his em­ploy­ees should keep their hands off the taleent.

So, to whom will Marla lose her small town vir­gin­ity?

Suf­fice to say that there is a dis­tinct whiff of dirty old man about Hughes,

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