Breakin' All the Rules (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  14 May 2004 (USA)
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Inspired by his fiancée (who dumped him), a man publishes a break-up hand-book for men, becoming a best-selling author in the process.



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Quincy Watson, after being unceremoniously dumped by his fiancée, pens a "how to" book on breaking up and becomes a best-selling author on the subject. Not wanting his male friends to suffer the same fate, he gives them advice on dumping their mates. A comedy of errors ensues. Written by Anonymous

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When it comes to getting dumped... He wrote the book.


Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual material/humor and language | See all certifications »


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14 May 2004 (USA)  »

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The Break Up Handbook  »

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$5,088,577 (USA) (14 May 2004)


$11,827,301 (USA) (18 June 2004)

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Did You Know?


During the making of this movie, Jamie Foxx had cut his hair for Ray (2004). So in the final scene, Foxx is wearing a wig, which is why his hair looks so much longer. See more »


When Evan tells Quincy that Nicky has cut her hair, Quincy sits back in his seat with his right hand over his mouth, but in the next shot, he has his left hand over his mouth. See more »


Referenced in Workaholics: The Strike (2011) See more »


Written by Amon Flanagan, Mystikal (as Michael Tyler) and Jerome Perkins
Performed by Mystikal
Courtesy of Jive Records
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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the break up movie
20 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

seems to me that this is where they got the idea for HITCH. this is a very good movie, funny, sarcastic, witty. jamie foxx is terrific, so is gabrielle union. i like the way that they wrote the story, the way that they set it up where the one person doesn't know what the other one is doing, and that they think that it's another person, i guess you just have to watch it to see what i mean. i think in real life that the "break up" book would be very helpful to a lot of people. now granted this isn't an action movie, so don't expect action, what however you should expect is a lot of laughs, and i don't mean a little, i mean tons of laughs, this movie will keep you in stitches the whole entire time,, my fav. character of course was the dog,, trying to get through the doggie door, then peeing when he get's stuck in the door , i thought that was cute.

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