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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Details

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

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,088,577, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:

$12,264,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,544,254
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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Connections

Referenced in Workaholics: The Strike (2011) See more »

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Head to Head
Written by Lester, Lady Precise and Ishkan
Performed by Lester
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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A smart black comedy
12 May 2004 | by hollywoodhernandezSee all my reviews

I saw an advanced screening of Breakin' All the Rules and I have to say it was a refreshing change of pace from recent black comedies (like the mindless Johnson Family Vacation). This was a very smart comedy with interesting plot turns and twist and, for me, the most important element was believable characters. However, with Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union in the cast (do they have to be in every romantic, black comedy?) the movie reminded me a bit of their previous movie, Two Can Play That Game.

Jamie Foxx does a great job of carrying the movie and Peter McNichole is great as the powerful company executive that needs Jamie's help because he afraid to break up with his gold digging girlfriend. And although I've mentioned this as a "black comedy" it really is colorless. Bottom line, the movie was entertaining and well worth seeing!


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