Breakin All the Rules
In this romantic comedy, Quincy (Jamie Foxx) is an editor with a publishing company that is downsizing. He is given the job of researching how to fire people without any serious consequences, e.g., employees going postal. At about this time, his girlfriend breaks up with him. As a result of his research, he realizes how poorly she broke the news to him and finds himself writing a book on how to break up. His book is a big hit, and people come to him for advice in their relationships. First it’s his cousin, and then it’s his boss. While helping his cousin, his cousin begins to fall for Quincy’s girlfriend. The boss’s girlfriend begins a relationship with the cousin, and the cousin wants to get back with his old girlfriend. And then — you guessed it — Quincy’s ex-girlfriend wants to get back with him. It’s not long before things get out of hand.
The main theme of this film is how to get the upper hand in your relationships. If you have the slightest inkling that your partner is going to break up with you, then you should do it to them before they get the chance to do it to you. Issues of faithfulness and honesty are addressed, but no strong positive message is given. There are several instances in which sex is implied but not shown, and “Breakin’ All the Rules” has some bad language and sexual dialog, which is the primary reason it does not get the Dove Family-Approved Seal.