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Breaking the Rules (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 9 October 1992 (USA)
Two friends take their dying buddy on one last road trip.

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Young Phil
Jackey Vinson ...
Young Gene
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Young Rob
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Phil Stepler
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Gene Michaels
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Rob Konigsberg
Kent Bateman ...
Mr. Stepler
Krista Tesreau ...
Rob's Date
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Mary Klinglitch
Eurlyne Epper ...
Redneck Woman
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Redneck #1
Steven Chambers ...
Redneck #2
Mark Rosenblatt ...
Bartender
Frank Wagner ...
Justice of the Peace
Manuel Pickett ...
Minister in Arizona
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A cancer stricken man takes his two best friends whom he hasn't seen in a long time on a road trip. The two friends aren't talking to each other due to a bad fallout years ago. On the way they meet an attractive wild woman with a heart of gold. Written by Mystic80

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Rated PG-13 for sex related dialogue and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Filmed in 1989 but remained unreleased until 1992 due to the original studio filing for bankruptcy. See more »

Quotes

Phil Stepler: I wanna see the mystic lands that lie beyond Ohio.
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THIS FILM DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF S.I. See more »

Connections

References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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Troubled Soul
Music and Lyrics by Nicole Jones
Used by permission of Colgems-EMI Music
Performed by Nicole Jones
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One of the finest, most underrated 80's film of all time
30 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Sketches" (aka "Breaking all rules") was a 80's dramedy that was shot in 1989 but not released until 1992, where it played in a limited release before fading into obscurity. Neither title really makes sense though.

I remember catching parts of it on TV at night in the late 90's. I recently watched the film and I was pleasantly surprised at how well crafted and touching the performances are. "Sketches" deals with the devastating issue of cancer and how 3 friends confront and cope with the disease by going on a road trip. The film is as touching as it humorous. A touch balance the direct seems to pull off. C. Thomas Howell (too bad his career tanked after the classic underrated "Soul Man") and Johnathan Silverman are good in their roles but a young Jason Bateman easily stills the show as the friend stricken with the disease. I was very impressed with how realistically he portrayed a cancer victim (having seen first hand a relative die from the disease).

Overall, "Sketches" is a funny yet tragic 80's buddy film that manages to balance the laughs with the tears. I just wish there was more info on the making of the film and would love to know why exactly it was shelved for 3 years. This film deserves a bigger audience and more praise. 10/10


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