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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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Release Date:

14 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Break Up Handbook  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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 Quincy goes to Nicky's house to find her after he discovers that his cousin is marrying Rita. When he has the conversation with Amy her hair changes position between shots. See more »


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


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Written by Lester, Lady Precise and Ishkan
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I haven't laughed so hard in months.
24 May 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I have to say I wasn't expecting it to be so hilarious. It was just one laugh after the next. Jaime Fox has definitely come a long way from In Living Color, showing not only his comedic talents but also his flair for the romantic. Gabrielle Union adding her charisma to the women stuck between two cousins, and Morris Chestnut looking as sexy as ever. I'm surprised it wasn't advertised as much. Jennifer Esposito is the woman you love to hate, and Peter MacNicol with his nervous humor makes for a film that you don't want to miss. The music was integrated perfectly into the dialogue. Heather Headley being the topper with her song "He Is", moving the audience to remember what it was like to fall in love. If you haven't seen it, see it. If you've seen it, see it again. Don't let this film go unnoticed.

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