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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:
Samantha Nagel ...
Sandra / Executive Assistant
Grace Chan ...
Stylist (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Mr. Lynch
Ticket Master


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 USA:

$5,088,577, 16 May 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,827,301, 20 June 2004
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


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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Great Film!!
23 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I loved this film. and guess what I am white! most people seem to feel the film is racist.. i don't see it myself.. Jamie Fox is so funny and i love the love triangles in the film. there's slight confusion in a few parts of the film tho that still confuse me. I like the girl actress. Jamie Foxx's best mate was a little tiresome, but i loved the humour. in this film. i loved the soundtrack too. Id be interested in buying this on DVD and watching it again as it was an A Class film!! i though this film would be "typical black comedy" but it proved me totally wrong. I want the soundtrack too as some of the songs were amazing. Also the female singer in the 2nd club scene was amazing, if she isn't a real singer she should be. She has an amazing voice. My favourite part of the film.. well i don't know its all really funny stuff. I watched it with my boyfriend, he agreed on the soundtrack and the humour. I would recommend this film to all ages. Excellent !! * Highly ReccommendS*

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