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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.

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film when Quincy is running alongside the train yelling at Nicky the passengers in the neighboring cabin alternate between an older man and a younger man. 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 Workaholics: The Strike (2011) See more »

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C'mon
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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Dumping a lover is hard to do
2 September 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Breaking all the Rules" looked promising just by having the talented Jamie Foxx in the lead role. As it plays on the screen, this comedy, directed by Daniel Tablitz, who also wrote the screen play, seems to have been produced on the strength of its star, or maybe someone in the studio decided that making it with a mostly black cast, had possibilities. This comedy could have been played by any cast of any color without making any dent in the genre.

The basic problem is the screen play. Do we care about these people? I don't think so. The running gag about Nicky resembling Halle Berry runs tired after the second time it's mentioned. Even the book that Quincy writes makes no sense.

Jamie Foxx is about the only pretext for spending almost an hour and a half with this film. He is an interesting performer no matter what he is doing. The beautiful Gabrielle Union is fine as Nicky, but there is no heat between Quincy and her. The rest of the cast struggles to make this comedy succeed.

Watch it at your own risk.


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