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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Phil
Jackey Vinson ...
Young Gene
Young Rob
Phil Stepler
Gene Michaels
Rob Konigsberg
Kent Bateman ...
Mr. Stepler
Krista Tesreau ...
Rob's Date
Mary Klinglitch
Eurlyne Epper ...
Redneck Woman
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ...
Redneck #1
Steven Chambers ...
Redneck #2
Mark Rosenblatt ...
Frank Wagner ...
Justice of the Peace
Manuel Pickett ...
Minister in Arizona


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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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sex related dialogue and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »




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9 October 1992 (USA)  »

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Filmed in 1989 but remained unreleased until 1992 due to the original studio filing for bankruptcy. See more »


Phil Stepler: I wanna see the mystic lands that lie beyond Ohio.
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References The Honeymooners (1955) See more »


Troubled Soul
Music and Lyrics by Nicole Jones
Used by permission of Colgems-EMI Music
Performed by Nicole Jones
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Very Touching
25 May 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Breaking the Rules was one of those films that slipped in and out of theaters before it could develop a following. If it were not for video I think very few would have seen it and that would have been a pity.

Three childhood chums have gone their separate ways. In fact two of them are downright hostile to each other. The third, Jason Bateman, succeeds in bringing the other two to some kind of a truce and all three take an automobile trip out west. Bateman feels compelled to do it, he's under a deadline literally. He's got a rare and rapidly growing form of leukemia and has little time left.

C. Thomas Howell and Jonathan Silverman play the other two friends, but it's Jason Bateman's touching performance as their dying chum that really drives the film.

Bateman's career was in limbo at the time. He had left The Hogan Family and it would be many years before he got another break in Arrested Development. Had this film been better promoted he might have been doing better a whole lot sooner.

Annie Potts plays the waitress all three pick up on their way to California and she scores well in her role. But it's really a triple buddy picture with a tragic twist.

Catch it if you can when it's broadcast.

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