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Breakin' All the Rules (2004)



Critic Consensus: This formulaic screwball comedy is weighed down by a contrived, overly complicated plot.

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A man who writes the book on ending a romance runs into rough sledding while starting a new one in this comedy. Quincy (Jamie Foxx) is a magazine editor whose life takes an unexpected turn for the worse when his fiancée, Helen (Bianca Lawson), decides to give him some interesting news at their engagement party -- she's breaking up with him. A few days later, Quincy's boss, Phillip (Peter MacNicol), gives him the task of cutting manpower in his department by 15 percent; too emotionally beaten to fire anyone, Quincy responds by quitting his job. Deeply depressed, Quincy begins writing a letter to Helen to explain his feelings, but as he analyses his emotions, his notes take a different turn, and Quincy decides to write a book about how to painlessly break up with someone. The book becomes a smash best-seller, and Quincy's friends begin turning to him for advice on the subject of getting out of relations. Quincy's cousin Evan (Morris Chestnut) is eager to call things off with his girlfriend, Nicky (Gabrielle Union), and asks him to do the dirty work for him; however, Evan begins to have second thoughts when he discovers Quincy has fallen for her.

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Jamie Foxx
as Quincy Watson
Gabrielle Union
as Nicky Callas
Morris Chestnut
as Evan Fields
Peter MacNicol
as Philip Gascon
Jennifer Esposito
as Rita Monroe
Bianca Lawson
as Helen Sharp
Grace Chan
as Secretary
Tate Taylor
as Attendant
Bob Stephenson
as Ticket Master
Mario Carter
as Man at Party
Trae Ireland
as Man at Party
Trina Johnson
as Woman at Party
Clyde Sherman
as Man at Bar
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Critic Reviews for Breakin' All the Rules

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (34)

Not much worth seeing in this mess of a movie.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

... this is basically just a sitcom.

May 17, 2004

A leaden daisy-chain of mistaken identity that holds the interest of the characters much longer than it does the audience's in watching it or mine in explaining it.

May 15, 2004 | Rating: C
Top Critic

Both Foxx and Union have a sexy, oft-kilter chemistry that suits them perfectly. There is an unavoidable attraction to the two, their romance hitting almost all the right notes even as the rest of the flick sours the stomach.

May 15, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

No movie this stupid should need a plot synopsis this complicated.

May 14, 2004 | Full Review…

A movie that sags and drags under the weight of poor pacing, execrable writing and largely unlikable characters, including a leading man viewers can never really warm up to.

May 14, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Breakin' All the Rules


A romantic comedy with good looking leads (Foxx, Union, Chestnut, Esposito, and Lawson), some farcical complications involving relationship break-ups, but not very intelligently written.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union headline a very funny romantic company. The chemistry between these two is genuine. "Breakin' All The Rules" is a film about mistaken identities gone wild. While the relationship between Foxx and Union is the other relationships turn out are not...making you stick around until the end. The movie doesn't waste time...starting out with Foxx's character Quincy getting dumped by his girlfriend. Quincy then writes a successful how-to book on breaking up and that sets off a chain reaction that will keep you in your seat until the end.

George Kiriyama
George Kiriyama

Super Reviewer

The story is half decent, although I think a lot of these films, waste time on film which is just modelling shots. So they found it tough to fit the rest of the story in. But it works, no complaints. Funny !

Alexander Wilson
Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

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