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Breakin' All the Rules -- Inspired by his fianc�e (who dumped him), a man publishes a break-up handbook for men, becoming a bestselling author in the process.


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Writer (WGA):
Daniel Taplitz (written by)
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Release Date:
14 May 2004 (USA) See more »
When it comes to getting dumped... He wrote the book.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Daniel Taplitz 
Writing credits
Daniel Taplitz (written by)

Produced by
Paddy Cullen .... executive producer
Kevin Halloran .... co-producer
Lisa Tornell .... producer
Original Music by
Marcus Miller 
Cinematography by
David Hennings 
Film Editing by
Robert Frazen 
Casting by
Justine Baddeley 
Kim Davis-Wagner  (as Kim Davis Wagner)
Production Design by
Jerry Fleming 
Art Direction by
Peter Borck 
Set Decoration by
Betty Berberian 
Costume Design by
Isis Mussenden 
Makeup Department
Beth Carter .... additional makeup artist
Deidra Dixon .... hair stylist: Mr. Foxx
Stacy Gibson .... makeup artist: Ms. Union
Jasmine Kimble .... key hair stylist
Kimberly Kimble .... hair department head
LaLette Littlejohn .... makeup department head
Joanetta Stowers .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Kevin Halloran .... unit production manager
Bonnie Weis .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Amateau .... first assistant director
Anthony J. Nahar .... second second assistant director (as Tony Nahar)
Handel Whitmore .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jennifer Bendror .... art department coordinator
Lance DeSpain .... lead scenic
Chris Devicariis .... assistant property master
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... property master
Lisa Robinson .... on-set dresser
Wayne Springfield .... construction coordinator
Chris Wright .... set dresser
Ray Yamagata .... assistant art director
Sound Department
David Chornow .... production sound mixer
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer: temp
Stephen Hunter Flick .... co-supervising sound editor
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Nicholas James .... dialogue editor
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Donald Nelson .... sound
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Annie Shih .... sound department assistant
Steven Ticknor .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Ticknor .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Mark R. Byers .... special effects coordinator
Steve Sosner .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Kyle Cassidy .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Saeed Faridzadeh .... digital compositor
Kent Johnson .... visual effects producer
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects
Ian Noe .... digital effects supervisor
Victor Scalise .... visual effects editor
Charles Schwartz .... matchmove artist: opening credits (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paolo Cascio .... first assistant camera
Steve Castanda .... electrician
Mark Shane Davis .... key grip
Brent Egan .... camera loader
Leslie Hamilton .... assistant camera
Jennifer Ann Henry .... second/first assistant: "b" camera
Scott Hillman .... key rigging grip
George A. Hock .... rigging gaffer
John W. Kristopik .... electrician
Alex Leyton .... camera operator
Brien McDonald .... grip
James A. Neal .... best boy grip (as James Neal)
Ryan Nelson .... grip
Ila Packman .... grip
Jason Parrillo .... electrician
Billy Pierson .... dolly grip
Max Pomerleau .... gaffer
David 'D.R.' Rhineer .... assistant camera
Greg Rhineer .... camera operator
D. Stevens .... still photographer
John Taylor .... best boy electric
Thomas Vandermillen .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Judy Cook .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Candice Carella .... costumer
Mari Grimaud .... costume supervisor
Demetricus Holloway .... set costumer
Elaine McGhee .... set costumer
Marcie Olivi .... costumer
Editorial Department
Joe DiGiandomenico .... apprentice editor (as Joseph F. DiGiandomenico)
Daniel Gabbe .... assistant editor (as Daniel L. Gabbe)
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Music Department
Michele Aristy .... score assistant
Peter Coquillard .... music supervisor
Jay Duerr .... music editor
Transportation Department
Lyle Atkins .... driver
Michael Ballew .... transportation co-captain (as Mike Ballew)
Jody Bingenheimer .... driver
Steve Brodsky .... driver
Curtis Clark .... driver
Hardy Ophuls .... picture car coordinator
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation captain
Shawn Coulter .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Serena Baker .... assistant location manager
Toussaint Banks .... production assistant
Gabriel Benvenuto .... assistant: Kevin Halloran (as Gabe Benvenuto)
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist (as Cassandra O. Butcher)
Robert L. Catron .... accounting clerk
Nicole Cummins .... script supervisor
Mykel Denis .... production coordinator
Arash Esfandi .... production assistant
Robert Foulkes .... location manager
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator
John Grisam .... production assistant
Kimberly Guidone .... assistant: Lisa Tornell
Wade Hagen .... first assistant accountant
Jerrold McKinley Ivery .... assistant: Daniel Taplitz
La Shan Knox .... production assistant
Andrew Kopjak .... production assistant
Johnny Mack .... assistant: Mr. Foxx
Brian McMillan .... animal supplier
Cheryl Miller .... production coordinator
Julia Rhoton .... production assistant
Patrick Richmond .... key production assistant
Christina Rollo .... assistant production coordinator
Victor Scalise .... title designer
Clyde Sherman .... production assistant
Reese St. Amant .... animal trainer (as Charisse St. Amant)
Sheilah Sullivan .... production accountant
John Trujillo .... layout board
Anthony Woods .... set medic

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Rated PG-13 for sexual material/humor and language
Argentina:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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During the making of this movie, Jamie Foxx had cut his hair for Ray (2004/I). So in the final scene, Foxx is wearing a wig, which is why his hair looks so much longer.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Foxx is on his way!!, 30 October 2004
Author: Robert W. ( from Ontario, Canada

I never really had much to say in the way of Jamie Foxx prior to his recent break out in roles ie. Collateral and although I haven't seen it yet I have no doubt his performance in "Ray" will further my opinions of him. He's a great character actor and possibly on his way to being the caliber of such great African American performers as Denzel Washington and Will Smith. His role in Collateral was scene stealing and up against Tom Cruise's Oscar worth performance it was a challenge but he impressed me. Then comes this fun little romantic comedy. A very different change of pace for Foxx but he pulls it off flawlessly in a amusing, and fun to watch film.

Breakin All The Rules is about an editor turned author who is dumped by his model girlfriend (Bianca Lawson) and during his fit of depression ends up writing a guide to breaking up with people...the right way. His cousin and best friend played perfectly by Morris Chestnut is a womanizer who doesn't believe in these rules until he sees them in action. The book makes Quincy famous, but unlucky in love until he meets the perfect woman in a case of mistaken identity and falls for her. It just so happens she is the latest girlfriend of his cousin who is also in love with her.

The comedy in this film relies heavily on the old formula of mistaken identities, and mix ups in happenings, reminds me of the old Three's Company episodes. The film also relies heavily on the personalities of the characters. The womanizer, the nice misunderstood main character guy, the stuck up model ex girlfriend, the "perfect" woman, and the other supporting characters make the film brilliant. The film is full of former TV sitcom actors which perhaps makes sense being it does play out like an episode of a sitcom but really what is wrong with that? Peter MacNichol of Ally McBeal fame plays his usual character but always fun to watch. He's the perfect blend of superiority while being completely inferior. Leading lady played by Gabrielle Union goes with both Foxx and Chestnut's character and she does a great job. Previously seen as her role on Friends, I was never fond of her although I liked her character in 10 Things I Hate About You and she's had some other great roles. She was perfect for her role in this film. Jennifer Esposito makes a fun little addition to the cast as the slightly psycho girlfriend/fiancée of MacNichol's character. The cast just works so well together and the film is written in such a way that you can't help but enjoy it's simplicity.

I enjoy what everyone on the message board calls "Black Cinema" but this is one of the best because it's still very mainstream without losing the culture. Overall this is a fun film to check out a Saturday night, it's not too heavy but is satisfying and cliché'd which sometimes is a good thing.


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