Breakin' All the Rules

Breakin' All the Rules

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Director: Daniel Taplitz

Cast: Daniel Taplitz, Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut

     
 

An aspiring writer pens a best-selling "how-to" book about breaking up in this feature-packed DVD edition of the popular Jamie Foxx comedy -- arriving on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. Viewable in either 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 full-frame, this release offers a multitude of audio options including closed-captioned English Dolby Digital… See more details below

Overview

An aspiring writer pens a best-selling "how-to" book about breaking up in this feature-packed DVD edition of the popular Jamie Foxx comedy -- arriving on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. Viewable in either 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 full-frame, this release offers a multitude of audio options including closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital Surround with optional English and French subtitles. When you're finished experiencing this hilariously insightful look into male/female relationships, go even deeper by listening to a commentary track featuring the cast and crew. A making-of featurette takes a look at the production of the film, and a mock-interview with Quincy Watson (Foxx) finds the faux author expanding on his philosophy. A gag reel is sure to have viewers rolling on the floor, and for slapstick fans, this release also includes a restored, colorized version of the classic Three Stooges short Hoi Polloi.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The cookie cutter comedy Breakin' All the Rules is notable as Jamie Foxx' last theatrical release before Collateral and Ray brought him dual Oscar nominations. After a hit streak like that, it should also be his last small paycheck and last trivial genre film, for awhile at least. Breakin' All the Rules is reminiscent of Mark Brown's Two Can Play That Game (2001), but with the genders reversed -- Foxx here assumes the role of the relationship maven essayed there by Vivica A. Fox. Both films even feature Gabrielle Union as a romantic pivot point. Really, though, Daniel Taplitz' film is no less bound by the "rules" of lite African-American romantic comedy, a genre with numerous entries, yet few standouts. Breakin' All the Rules makes a game attempt for distinctiveness by including enough mistaken identities and romantic criss-crossing to make Shakespeare's head spin, but that's the only thing Shakespearean about it. More typical is its handful of scenes in which Foxx' dog gets drunk on bourbon. The actors have chemistry and the dialogue isn't half bad, but there's just not much that is memorable here. The one-on-one scenes between Foxx and Union are the film's high points, as they contain an intimacy and truth absent from the slapstick that informs the rest of the production. But Foxx does not ultimately rise very far above the material, reminding viewers that a good script and good director are what round a good actor into an award winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
UPC:
0043396013124
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
72,886

Special Features

Closed Caption; Gag reel; Cast and crew commentary; Making-of-featurette; Quincy Watson mock interview; The newly colorized and completely restored The Three Stooges™ short film: "Hoi Polloi"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamie Foxx Watson, Quincy
Gabrielle Union Callas, Nicky
Morris Chestnut Evan Fields
Peter MacNicol Philip Gascon
Jennifer Esposito Rita Monroe
Bianca Lawson Helen Sharp
Jill Ritchie Amy
Heather Headley Heather Headley
Gerald Emerick Talk Show Host

Technical Credits
Daniel Taplitz Director,Screenwriter
Todd Michael Amateau Asst. Director
Justine Baddeley Casting,Production Designer
Peter Borck Art Director
Peter Coquillard Musical Direction/Supervision
Paddy Cullen Executive Producer
David B. Chornow Sound/Sound Designer
Kimberly Davis-Wagner Casting
Jerry Fleming Production Designer
Robert Frazen Editor
David Hennings Cinematographer
Marcus Miller Score Composer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Lisa Tornell Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:00]
2. Termination Guidelines [3:28]
3. Kicked to the Curb [2:45]
4. Last Day [2:28]
5. The Plan [3:57]
6. Breakup Handbook [2:21]
7. Sensitive [2:28]
8. "Baby, We Need to Talk." [2:49]
9. Jinxed [4:00]
10. Love = Crazy [3:00]
11. Rita [3:00]
12. Techniques [3:26]
13. The Boss [1:26]
14. Breaking Up [2:15]
15. "This Is Love." [3:09]
16. Date Night [3:03]
17. All Dogs Leave L.A. [2:41]
18. Another Chance? [3:19]
19. The Face [4:10]
20. Nicky's Fantasy [3:35]
21. The Real Prize [2:18]
22. Helen Returns [2:09]
23. Collision [2:27]
24. Philip's Fury [1:52]
25. Man's Best Friend [3:13]
26. Fairly Minor Incident [4:22]
27. New Rules [2:35]
28. Portland [5:43]

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