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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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Daniel Taplitz

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Daniel Taplitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Quincy Watson
Gabrielle Union ... Nicky Callas
Morris Chestnut ... Evan Fields
Peter MacNicol ... Philip Gascon
Jennifer Esposito ... Rita Monroe
Bianca Lawson ... Helen Sharp
Jill Ritchie ... Amy
Samantha Nagel Samantha Nagel ... Sandra / Executive Assistant
Grace Chan Grace Chan ... Secretary
Danny Comden ... Sam
Octavia Spencer ... Stylist (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Heather Headley ... Herself
Patrick Cranshaw ... Mr. Lynch
Tate Taylor ... Attendant
Bob Stephenson ... Ticket Master
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

When it comes to getting dumped... He wrote the book.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material/humor and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Break Up Handbook See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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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

When Quincy shows his work to Evan at his house, his sideburns switch from connected as a goatee to regular sideburns from shot to shot. 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 The Getaway: Black Monday (2004) See more »

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Tipsy
Written by J-Kwon (as Jerrell Jones), Capo (as Joe Kent) and Tarboy (as Mark Williams)
Performed by J-Kwon
Courtesy of Arista Records
Under license from BMG Strategic Marketing Group
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Breakin' All the Rules — For those who believe there are rules in dating
28 January 2013 | by AvidClimberSee all my reviews

Breakin' All the Rules presents the worst part about dating (never mind that it's a stupid concept): that some people believe there are rules, or make up their own.

If you accept that, all in all, it's a funny movie. The story is inventive, even if there's no big surprise. Jamie Foxx plays a very attaching love broken man, the beautiful Gabrielle Union gives us a nice balancing act of sweet, smart, and upset, and both of them are really hot together. Morris Chestnut is great as a wingman, Jennifer Esposito looks born to play the gold digger, and Peter MacNicol seems to have found the sweet spot of the clueless desperate rich media owner.

Some of the acting is over done a bit, especially the psychotic character played by Bianca Lawson. Jamie seems to push his suave a bit too far at time, just as Morris does.

It's good entertainment if you accept the limitation and the subject.


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