Breaking the Rules (1992)





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Dying of leukemia, Phil is given only one more month to live, so he gathers together his two childhood friends and travels to California where he intends to audition for a television trivia game show. While on their road trip, they encounter various situations and meet a middle-aged woman with a free spirit who decides to join them.
Comedy , Drama
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Jason Bateman
as Phil Stepler
C. Thomas Howell
as Gene Michaels
Jonathan Silverman
as Rob Konigsberg
Annie Potts
as Mary Klinglitch
Krista Tesreau
as Rob's date
Kent Bateman
as Stepler
Shawn Phelan
as Young Phil
Jackey Vinson
as Young Gene
Marty Belafsky
as Young Rob
Mark Rosenblatt
as Bartender
Steve Chambers
as Redneck #2
Frank Wagner
as Justice of the Peace
Manual Pickett
as Minister AZ
Angelbreath Cobb
as Widow AZ
Eurlyne Epper
as Red Woman
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Critic Reviews for Breaking the Rules

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Breaking the Rules is a movie about a guy who finds out he has a month to live, and decides to spend it in the worst buddy movie ever made.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Anemic Guy Movie. The cast tries hard, to little avail.

July 25, 2002

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August 12, 2005

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October 1, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Breaking the Rules

More crappy movies I've seen. One day I might get every movie I've seen rated. Okay probably not. Here are some bad ones......with not much to say. [b]Breaking the Rules - 1/10 [/b]Director - Neal Israel Starring - C. Thomas Howell, Jason Bateman, Jonathan Silverman, Annie Potts. [b]Backtrack - 3.5/10 [/b]Director - Dennis Hopper Starring - Dennis Hopper, Jodie Foster, Dean Stockwell, Vincent Price, John Turturro, Joe Pesci, Charlie Sheen. [b]Black Sheep - 1.5/10 [/b]Director - Penelope Spheeris Starring - David Spade, Chris Farley, Tim Matheson. [b]Bye Bye Love - 4/10 [/b]Director - Sam Weisman Starring - Paul Resier, Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid, Janeane Garofalo. [b]Casper - 3/10 [/b]Director - Brad Silberling Starring - Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle.

Jennifer Allison
Jennifer Allison

Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Jason Bateman, Jonathan Silverman, and Annie Potts. Directed by Neal Israel. Written by Paul W. Shapiro. Rated [b]PG-13[/b] (for mature thematic material, sexual content and language). Running time approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. Aside from the dreadful [i]Last Rites[/i] from 1988 and, of course, [i]Caligula[/i] (1980), I don't think I've seen too many dramas that actually manage to embarass themselves on such a level as [i]Breaking the Rules[/i] does. This is an offensive, ungainly, empty and inept motion picture. Its attempts at manipulation are laughably awful, and in the end we're left scratching our heads, just wondering what the hell could've gone wrong. This is the worst buddy movie ever made, Roger Ebert was right. I hated this movie. See it. You will hate it, too. [b]Zero Stars (out of ****) F[/b]

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