Breakin' All the Rules

Breakin' All the Rules
Breakin' All the Rules
  • PG-13
  • 1h 25m
  • 2004
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The game is on, and the rules are out as Jamie Foxx, Morris Chestnut, Jennifer Esposito and Gabrielle Union star in this outrageous comedy that rewrites the book of love. After being dumped by his fiancée, aspiring writer Quincy Watson (Foxx) pens the ultimate how-to book on breaking up. When it becomes a smash bestseller, Quincy starts giving his cousin, Evan (Chestnut), choice tips on how to win the battle of the sexes. But when Evan's beautiful girlfriend Nikki (Union) gets wind of the plan, it's these players that end up getting played in this sexy comedy of errors about breaking up, breaking through, and breaking all the rules.
© 2004 Screen Gems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten31%
Critics Consensus: This formulaic screwball comedy is weighed down by a contrived, overly complicated plot.
Reviews
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Rotten

... this is basically just a sitcom.

January 29, 2019
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday
Rotten

A movie that sags and drags under the weight of poor pacing, execrable writing and largely unlikab...

June 20, 2017
Variety
Joe Leydon
Fresh

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

January 29, 2019
USA Today
Mike Clark
Fresh

If the movie were 10 minutes longer, the mix-ups might grind viewers down, but director Daniel Tap...

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Not much worth seeing in this mess of a movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has sexual references and situations that are close to the R-line for a PG-13. There's also crude bathroom and sexual humor. It's supposed to be funny that an elderly man repeatedly asks someone to hold his private parts, and there are jokes about crabs and groupies and a discussion of sexual fantasies. Characters use some strong language. Characters drink a lot, especially when upset, and there are repeated jokes about giving liquor to a dog. And the movie seems to approve of manipulation, lies, and using jealousy to get someone to make a commitment. One strength of the movie is its portrayal of attractive and capable minority characters.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:May 14, 2004
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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