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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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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 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 »


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Written by Marcus Miller
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From the Motion Picture "The Brothers"
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Good quick and to the point type of movie
23 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of those movies that you can actually sit down and watch with your girlfriend without having your buddies make fun of you afterward, I personally thought that the whole cast was well thought out it was funny and also holds true to many of those that have or don't really know exactly how to break up with someone, The main character goes thru a lot of changes from when he first starts out and although it might seem predictable at times you will really enjoy the ride all the way thru the end. This movies is one of the few movies that really doesn't leave any stone unturned, questions unanswered yet it makes you wonder did I ever do that to anyone or leave someone that way to produce a stalker... Its a great addition to the whole romance comedy genre.

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