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Breaking the Rules (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 9 October 1992 (USA)
Two friends take their dying buddy on one last road trip.

Director:

Neal Israel

Writer:

Paul W. Shapiro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shawn Phelan Shawn Phelan ... Young Phil
Jackey Vinson ... Young Gene
Marty Belafsky ... Young Rob
Jason Bateman ... Phil Stepler
C. Thomas Howell ... Gene Michaels
Jonathan Silverman ... Rob Konigsberg
Kent Bateman Kent Bateman ... Mr. Stepler
Krista Tesreau Krista Tesreau ... Rob's Date
Annie Potts ... Mary Klinglitch
Eurlyne Epper Eurlyne Epper ... Redneck Woman
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ... Redneck #1
Steven Chambers Steven Chambers ... Redneck #2
Mark Rosenblatt Mark Rosenblatt ... Bartender
Frank Wagner Frank Wagner ... Justice of the Peace
Manuel Pickett Manuel Pickett ... Minister in Arizona
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Storyline

A cancer stricken man takes his two best friends whom he hasn't seen in a long time on a road trip. The two friends aren't talking to each other due to a bad fallout years ago. On the way they meet an attractive wild woman with a heart of gold. Written by Mystic80

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex related dialogue and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sketches See more »

Filming Locations:

Rio Linda, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Filmed in 1989 but remained unreleased until 1992 due to the original studio filing for bankruptcy. See more »

Quotes

Phil Stepler: I wanna see the mystic lands that lie beyond Ohio.
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Crazy Credits

THIS FILM DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF S.I. See more »

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References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Surf City
Music and Lyrics by Jan Berry and Brian Wilson
Used by permission of Screen Gems-Emi Music, Inc.
Performed by Jan & Dean
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Now, let's be totally honest here...
19 March 2002 | by johnmorghenSee all my reviews

"BREAKING THE RULES" has a good cast and a competent storyline that provides an "anything can happen" atmosphere, yet the end result is far from satisfying.

With Neal Israel at the helm, and the talents of Jonathan Silverman, Jason Bateman, C. Thomas Howell and Annie Potts, I expected much more, but the overall feel of the film is that of "un-feeling". Most of the situations are just not funny, and I wish I could care for the plight of these characters, but I didn't.

There are all too many implausibilities that plague the film and take away from it's potential. For example, Howell, Bateman and Silverman have several moments in the film where they "croon" out a few tunes, and their stand-in singing voices are beyond unbelievable, which ultimately distracts the possible fun of these scenes.

This is not a bad film, but it could have been so much better.


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