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.
PG-13 (adult situations)
Comedy , Romance
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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
Patrick Cranshaw
as Mr. Lynch
Tate Taylor
as Attendant
Bob Stephenson
as Ticket Master
Gerald Emerick
as TV Host
Faune A. Chambers
as The Betty
Mario Carter
as Man at Party
Ambrose Lamond Clayton
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 (86) | Top Critics (31)

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Full Review… | July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

... this is basically just a sitcom.

May 17, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

A cleverly concocted hybrid of conventional romantic comedy and mistaken-identity farce.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Top Critic

If the movie were 10 minutes longer, the mix-ups might grind viewers down, but director Daniel Taplitz knows how to juggle the subplots he's given.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Breakin' All the Rules


Foxx can act and Union is gorgeous but Breakin' All The Rules is rather boring and other than one or two smirks really has nothing worth watching.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

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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