Candice Bergen

Warren Beatty's long-awaited Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply' never takes off

Warren Beatty's long-awaited Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply' never takes off

"Rules Don't Apply," as its name implies, is a movie intent on going its own way. It's not without its charms, but there aren't enough of them and they don't readily cohere. Interesting rather than involving, it pretty much dares you to insist that the strictures of storytelling need apply to its own narrative structure.

Given that Warren Beatty is the project's writer, director, producer and star, that is perhaps not a surprise. Now 79, Beatty has made a career out of subverting norms, so few will be shocked that his latest film does the same. But that doesn't mean he's as successful here as in something like "Reds."

Beatty's first directing foray since...

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