Rules Don't Apply Movie Poster
  • Released
  • November 23, 2016
  • PG-13, 2 hr 7 min
  • Romance
  • 382 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rules Don't Apply is a romantic drama about a young actress (Lily Collins) making her way in 1950s Los Angeles, at a time when Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty, who also wrote and directed the film), already a larger-than-life figure, was on his way to becoming a truly epic mystery. The film, which is both funny and melancholy, mines a number of serious subjects, including sexism, mental illness, paternity, sexual frustrations, and politics. While swearing is minimal, there is a use each of "f--k" and "s--t," as well "hell," "damn," "bitch," and other swear words. There's also a fair bit of sexual content, including passionate kissing, lots of talk about sex, a reference to premature ejaculation, and a scene in which a woman straddles a man. Characters also smoke and drink -- in one notable case, very much to excess.

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