Breakin' All the Rules


Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26

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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Manages to amuse as a cleverly concocted hybrid of conventional romantic comedy and mistaken-identity farce.
  2. The rules of good screenwriting are mostly broken, though Jamie Foxx's smash-and-grab charisma remains intact.
  3. Full of sharp ideas and wry moments awaiting the inspired ingenuity of a screwball comedy to pull it all together. It never comes.
  4. Writer-director Daniel Taplitz seems to be trying to invoke classic screwball with this convoluted setup, but it plays like mediocre sitcom.
  5. Jamie Foxx finds his funny bone is firmly intact in the effervescent, urban-flavored romantic comedy Breakin' all the Rules.
  6. The hard-sell comic delivery one expects from contemporary date movies is pleasantly tempered here.
  7. The actor's (Jamie Foxx) deft touch lends the flighty story of mistaken identities and romantic mix-ups among mostly African-American characters in Los Angeles the kind of saucy bounce that Cary Grant lent to similar roles six decades ago.
  8. 50
    The film's failure to adhere to one of the most important rules of humor -- never give extensive screen time to someone who is not the slightest bit funny -- prevents it from being a completely enjoyable, if silly, romp.
  9. Not entirely bereft of chuckles, though it misses one comic opportunity after another (the best jokes are in the trailer).
  10. The cast, headed by the divine Jamie Foxx, is better than the material. Director Daniel Taplitz is better than the material.
  11. A story only slightly more complex than your average episode of "Friends."
  12. 40
    Yet another unfunny buppie sex comedy in the manner of "The Brothers," "Two Can Play That Game" and "Deliver Us From Eva."
  13. 40
    Written and directed by Daniel Taplitz, Breakin' has a hard time building up steam and an even harder time distinguishing itself from any number of UPN sitcoms.
  14. 40
    This tepid romantic comedy not only fails to break the rules, but it follows them to the letter.
  15. 40
    It's nobody’s idea of a classic comedy, but in its own inoffensive and eager-to-please way it's a pleasant enough way to spend 90 minutes ogling the lustrous Ms. Union and Mr. Foxx's equally and endlessly fascinating volcanic coif.

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