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A man who, 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.
PROFANITY: 2 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Some sex talk, including a vulgar one-liner. VIOLENCE: A man punches another. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol drinking. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Sex humor; pet bodily function humor; alcohol humor.
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Roger EbertFull Review Good The movie depends for its success on the likability of Jamie Foxx, Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union, and because they're funny and pleasant, we enjoy the ride even though the destination is preordained. 'Breakin' All the Rules' is not a comic masterpiece, but it's entertaining and efficient, and provides a showcase for its stars. It's on the level of a good sitcom.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average This one works better than some because the lead is the funny Jamie Foxx, sporting a haircut that makes him look like a victim of The Green Mile's gone-crazy electric chair. Designed to be a date movie, Rules could have stronger male appeal than many comedies of its ilk.
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We were only able to collect 68 moviegoer opinions on this limited release film. These are some good opinions. More males enjoyed it than females. Since no one rated it below "Good," it's a movie I can easily recommend since your probability of enjoying it, at least to some degree, is very high.
With all the hustle and bustle of the magazine publishing world in a city like Los Angeles, relationships can be a bit trying, and ending them has never been an easy task. When Quincy (Jamie Foxx) is handed his walking papers from his fiancée Helen (Bianca Lawson) at their engagement party he is devastated.
His personal life is now in the toilet and his professional life isn't far behind. His boss Phillip (Peter MacNicol) has summoned Quincy to fire 15% of the staff because he's too afraid to do it himself. Discovering that he doesn't have the stomach to fire all the people on the list, he quits the company.
Wallowing in his misery, Quincy attempts to exorcise his demons and writes a heartfelt letter to his girlfriend, detailing the physiological ramifications her abrupt breakup has had on him. His heartache and rage from being dumped fuses with his newfound knowledge on termination, and his letter mutates into a manual on the proper way to terminate a relationship. Thus, "The Breakup Handbook" is born. His book becomes a nationwide bestseller, and even his old boss seeks out Quincy for advice on ending his relationship with his money-hungry barracuda of a girlfriend, Rita (Jennifer Esposito).
Meanwhile, Quincy's cousin Evan (Morris Chestnut), famous for short-lived relationships, asks Quincy to help him break up with his current girlfriend, Nicky (Gabrielle Union). However, when Quincy tries to help, the sultry princess casts her spell and sends his already flailing world into its final spiral.