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Breaking the Rules (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  9 October 1992 (USA)
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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
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ...
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 See more »

Quotes

Gene Michaels: Hey man, I've got a rule: never question the intentions of anything over eight feet, okay?
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THIS FILM DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF S.I. See more »

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Features Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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Gravity
Music and Lyrics by Frank Fitzpatrick, Chuck Wild and Sue Sheridan
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Produced by Frank Fitzpatrick and David Kitay
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Realer Than You Know
15 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie by chance after my best friend died and lived her last moments very much like Jason Bateman's character in this movie.

As fate would have it I'm presently dealing with a life threatening illness and striving to do what's important before my turn to cross over happens (whether 10 weeks or 20 years from now).

The relationship parts of Breaking the Rules was spot on. When time is short all emotions are on the table. This movie portrayed the denial, anger, bargaining, depression, etc stages of grief well.

Although I was annoyed by the scene where Jason Bateman's character deals with a friend wailing and pounding on a junkyard car as mellow dramatic, the movie accurately showed how grief and loss are not always rational emotions in full action. In other words as annoying that scene came across to me, it still was realistically done.

Other accurate portrayals I give this movie kudos for are the parts where the guys are having fun in Reno, stopping to ice skate, horse back ride, blow fire balls during an impromptu bar fight, get married, etc. These guys keep being young guys in the face of terminal illness.

Although clothing and music seemed very out dated in proportion to this movie's release date, Breaking the Rules is a must see movie in my opinion.


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