The first trailer for actor/writer/director Warren Beatty‘s upcoming, light-hearted romantic drama Rules Don’t Apply tried to do too much. It attempted to tell of a star-crossed romance between two conservative young adults from not-all-that dissimilar backgrounds (played by Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich) set in the backdrop of the 1950s Hollywood movie-making scene and all of its well-known tropes, while under the controlling–and perhaps crazy–command of billionaire Howard Hughes (Beatty).
This new trailer goes a long way toward streamlining things. The hands-off relationship between Collins and Ehrenreich–which is complicated thanks to Hughes’ rules, Collins’ religious views, and Ehrenreich’s own relationship with his fiancée–takes center stage, with Hughes’ odd behavior acting as a comedic color to the tale. The Hollywood stereotypes are still in full force, however they don’t overwhelm the message quite as much as they did in the previous trailer. If you’re looking for a bit of light romantic drama told with a relatively heavier hand, Rules Don’t Apply should be up your alley
Also starring Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, and Martin Sheen, Rules Don’t Apply opens November 23rd.
Check out the new trailer below: