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Breakin' All the Rules (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 14 May 2004 (USA)
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.

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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)

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$11,827,301 (USA) (18 June 2004)
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The bonus feature section of the DVD contains a colorized version of the 1935 Three Stooges short 'Hoi Polloi' See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Helen Sharp: Hello, I'm Helen, Quincy's muse.
Nicky Callas: Oh. I'm Nicky, Quincy's girlfriend.
Rita Monroe: I'm Rita. I just screw him.
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Referenced in The Getaway: Black Monday (2004) See more »

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Written by Lester, Lady Precise and Ishkan
Performed by Lester
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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A smart black comedy

I saw an advanced screening of Breakin' All the Rules and I have to say it was a refreshing change of pace from recent black comedies (like the mindless Johnson Family Vacation). This was a very smart comedy with interesting plot turns and twist and, for me, the most important element was believable characters. However, with Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union in the cast (do they have to be in every romantic, black comedy?) the movie reminded me a bit of their previous movie, Two Can Play That Game.

Jamie Foxx does a great job of carrying the movie and Peter McNichole is great as the powerful company executive that needs Jamie's help because he afraid to break up with his gold digging girlfriend. And although I've mentioned this as a "black comedy" it really is colorless. Bottom line, the movie was entertaining and well worth seeing!


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