Rules Don't Apply ★★★½

A likeable, frantic passion project that likely deserved and once had another hour or two of runtime. One suspects that Beatty's desire to keep his performance on the screen as much as possible exacerbated the uneven feel of this cut, but there are other obvious editorial scars on display (e.g. scenes that end the moment someone finishes speaking, comedic set pieces that snip desperately in hopes of building excitement, supporting roles reduced to mere cameos). That it manages to charm and hold together as well as it does makes for an endlessly fascinating viewing experience. Ehrenreich, as always, is dashing and that title song is a killer.

62/100

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