BREAKIN' ALL THE RULES

Witty Complications

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Release Date: May 14, 2004

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union,
Morris Chestnut, and Peter
MacNichol

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 85 minutes

Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures
Entertainment

Director: Daniel Taplitz PRODUCER: Lisa
Tornell

Executive Producer:

Producer: Lisa Tornell EXECUTIVE
PRODUCER: Paddy Cullen

Writer: Daniel Taplitz BASED ON THE
NOVEL/PLAY BY: N/A

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Michael Lynton
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Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Culver City, CA 90232-3195
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Content:

(Pa, B, LLL, V, S, N, A, D, M) Pagan worldview with a somewhat moral premise; about 35 mostly light obscenities, five light profanities, and dog pees and farts; some light comic violence; some crude sexual references, implied fornication, and cohabitation, plus a young man’s promiscuous sexual lifestyle, which involves him dating and using many women, is implicitly rebuked; upper male nudity and female cleavage; alcohol use; smoking; and, some miscellaneous immorality such as lying and cohabitation.

GENRE: Romantic Comedy

Summary:

BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES is a witty romantic comedy about an author of a controversial dating book whose fame leads to all sorts of comical romantic complications. A very witty script adds lots of spice to this funny comedy, but the movie also contains some crude humor, including sexual references, and plenty of mostly light foul language.

Review:

BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES, starring Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union, has one of the wittiest romantic comedy scripts in recent years. The leads and the rest of the cast are very funny. The only flaw is that the characters are a bit unrealistic and don’t have the really exciting, romantic chemistry that makes certain romantic comedies stand out above all the rest.

Jamie Foxx plays Quincy Watson, an editor at a prestigious publishing firm in New York City that’s undergoing a downsizing. His weak boss, Philip Gascon (Peter MacNicol in a hilarious role), orders Quincy to come up with good ways to tell the laid-off employees that they’re being let go. Quincy does such a great job that Philip orders Quincy to do all the firing for him. Quincy feels Philip should be the one to do it, since he’s really the boss, but Philip is adamant. Totally irritated by his boss’ attitude, Quincy quits his own job.

Quincy goes home to find that his beautiful, conceited girlfriend is dumping him and moving to Paris. Thoroughly devastated, Quincy spends his time moping and using all the research he did for his boss to write a manual on how to dump your girlfriend, boyfriend, or spouse. Quincy’s concerned friend, Evan, another professional editor played by the reliable, handsome Morris Chestnut, loves the manual so much that he not only wants to help Quincy get it published, he also wants to use it on his own girlfriend, Nicky, played by the beautiful, talented Gabrielle Union.

Of course, Quincy’s book is an instant best-seller. Even his old boss, Philip, wants to use it to dump his own girlfriend, who’s out to marry Philip for his money. Meanwhile, a case of mistaken identity leads Quincy to begin dating Evan’s girlfriend, Nicky (Quincy thinks her name is Mary).

This complex plot sets up a hilarious series of romantic complications.

The plot twists in BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES come fast and furious. They’re helped along by brilliantly written lines of dialogue full of witty convolutions. On the downside, the characters are a bit unbelievable and lack the exciting chemistry that makes for a truly great romantic comedy.

Although there are moral elements in the premise to this piece, the dominant worldview is pagan, with no religious or spiritual connotations other than some light exclamatory profanities. BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES also contains some crude sexual references and plenty of mostly light obscenities.

In Brief:

BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES stars Jamie Foxx as Quincy, an editor at a prestigious publishing firm in New York City that’s undergoing a downsizing. His weak boss, Philip, orders Quincy to come up with good ways to tell the laid-off employees that they’re being let go. Quincy can’t bring himself to fire anybody, however, so he quits his own job, only to find out later that his fiancé is dumping him. With help from his friend, Evan, Quincy uses his research to publish a best-selling book on how to dump your girlfriend, boyfriend, or future spouse. Quincy’s unique celebrity leads to all sorts of comical complications between his former boss, Evan, and Evan’s beautiful ex-girlfriend, Nicky.

The plot twists in BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES come fast and furious. They’re helped along by brilliantly written lines of dialogue full of witty convolutions. On the downside, the characters are a bit unbelievable and lack the exciting chemistry that makes for a truly great romantic comedy. Although there are moral elements in the premise to this piece, the dominant worldview is pagan, and the movie contains some crude sexual references and plenty of mostly light obscenities.