Movie Reviews: Breakin' All The Rules




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     After being dumped by his fiancée, a writer pens a "how to" book on breaking up.
     Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Jennifer Esposito, Bianca Lawson
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Briana McNeil

While Jaime Foxx’s resume boasts both dramatic and of course comedic roles, "Breakin all the Rules" is Foxx’s first chance to display the charm and charisma of a sexy leading man. Set beside an impressive ensemble cast including Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union and Jennifer Esposito, Foxx’s vibrant qualities make this movie worth seeing.

In "Breakin’ all the Rules," Quincy Watson, (Foxx), writes a book about the method and technique of breaking up. His book is inspired by girlfriend Helen’s announcement that she is waiting for that grand sweeping love of romance novels and wants to take a break from the relationship. As she heads off to Paris, Quincy is crushed and departs to his apartment only to emerge sometime later in an unwashed, disoriented stupor. While in post break up retreat Quincy pens letters to Helen detailing the psychological ramifications of her abrupt break up on him. The letters morph into hundreds of pages of book material. The topic: How to break up with your lover without creating a stalker. When Quincy’s break-up manual is published by Spoils magazine it becomes a number one best seller.

As a break up authority, Quincy’s knowledge is sought out by his boss and friends. Quincy’s cousin, a man with a three month commitment clause in his relationships, asks Quincy for help when he mistakenly believes girlfriend Nicky, Gabrielle Union, is going to break up with him. However, when Quincy tries to help he ends up falling in love. Quincy soon learns that having relationships may be more important than trying to sever them.

What follows is a string of misunderstandings and mishaps that make this movie seem more like a long drawn out sitcom, than a feature film. On the other hand, it is the romantic energy between Jaime Foxx and Gabrielle Union that had me leaving the theatre satisfied.



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