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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 ... 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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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 »

Connections

References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Yo Yo Mama
Music and Lyrics by Frank Fitzpatrick and Simon Franglen
Performed by James Ide
Produced by Frank Fitzpatrick and David Kitay
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3 December 2005 | by casper-12See all my reviews

I have to say I'm pretty shocked at the number of positive reviews of this "movie". I stumbled across it today on free TV and was stunned at how awful it was. I pity anyone who sat through this 15 times. I have a deep and embarrassing soft spot for anything mildly sappy but come on, this was atrocious. The scene where C. Thomas is insulting Annie Potts and the guys are "arguing" over her was horrendously written and acted. Nothing felt true or real or honest in this programmed maudlin mess. I wonder if this was the movie that sent C.T. to drinking.

The cast is all very capable and have been good elsewhere but god, I was just cringing for Annie Potts having to spit out tasteless dialogue while mauling Jonathan Silverman as Bateman and Howell watch from the bed. And the cancer makeup on Bateman was terribly done. Didn't buy it for a second.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaking the Rules See more »

Filming Locations:

Rio Linda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,175, 11 October 1992

Gross USA:

$52,285

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,285
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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