Breakin' All the Rules

Synopsis: Quincy Watson, after being unceremoniously dumped by his fiancée, pens a "how to" book on breaking up and becomes a best-selling author on the subject. Not wanting his male friends to suffer the same fate, he gives them advice on dumping their mates. A comedy of errors ensues.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Daniel Taplitz
Production: Screen Gems
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

Why can't he use the doggy door?

He doesn't understand.

It's too new.

Your dog?

Your house.

- Did you see the paper?

- No.

The old man is stepping down.

- What?

- Junior's taking over. The king's dead.

- What a way to let us know.

- Tell me about it.

New York is putting him in charge of

both magazines. Consolidation.

Sales is tight. There could be some

layoffs in editorial, so watch your ass.

Hi, Mr. Gascon would like to see you.

Mr. Gascon Jr., that is.


- We're getting fired, aren't we?

- I don't know.

Man. I just broke up with my girl

last Thursday. That was stupid.

Now I'm gonna have no job

and no girl.

I'll end up pushing mochas

at Starbucks.

How about you, Quincy?

You still going with that model?

- Helen.

- Don't break up.

No stress. Tonight, we're announcing

our engagement at the Zig Zag Club.

- You need to be there.

- After work?

- Yeah.

- After work could be in 10 minutes.

Mr. Gascon won't need

to see you. Thanks.

- See?

- Really? So I can go?

You can go. I'm sorry.

- Mr. Watson, he's ready for you.

- Just me?

- Excuse me.

- No, excuse me.

As you've probably heard, Quincy,

the company's downsizing.

Yeah, I heard that.

I have a problem, Quincy.

I've gotta let 15 percent of staff go.

It's unfortunate, and it's necessary.


Now, I see in your resume... went to graduate school

in psychology for a year.


- You're familiar with crazy people.

- Mostly from living in L.A.

Okay. What do you know

about firing people?

- How's that?

- I don't know. Firing.

Just laying off, in general.

Employee termination, yeah.

There are several studies out.

I haven't studied it myself. Why?

Do you know the name

Jeffrey Jasper?

- Yeah, the guy from New Jersey.

- That's it. Got fired.

Got a gun. Got drunk.

Shot 10 executives in the stomach.

Well, I don't want to be Jaspered.

I'd like you to put together...

I don't know, a guideline

or a set of procedural outlines.

Wouldn't Mr. Peters from

human resources be more qualified?

He probably would.

I fired him this morning.

He didn't like it.

Said he'd kill me with a golf club.

- Mr. Peters?

- A MacGregor 3 Iron. Very specific.

I'd like those guidelines on my desk

by Friday afternoon.

- Is that gonna be a problem?

- No, sir.



Never can be too careful.

Watch out.

Oh, my bad.

You all right?

"See you tonight, love..."

Love you too.

"Terminatiin if Empliyees:

Psychiligical Strategies

fir Empliyers.

Got somebody you wanna fire?"

Q, relax.

She's gonna be here, all right? Relax.

All right, hey. Let me get the toast.

- To my cousin Q.

- Yes.

To having sex with the same woman

for the rest of your life...

...over and over and over again.

In so many different positions.

Don't you sleep on that.

That's what you need to do too.

If she don't hurry...

- Relax. She's gonna be here.

- I'm good.

- You good, but I'm...

- There she is, right there.

There he go. There he go.

Where you been, huh?

Everybody is waiting on you.

You got Evan, Greg, Lamont, Trey,

everybody here. Where your girls?

- They're not coming.

- Okay. Why not?

- I didn't invite them.

- You wanna break it to them later?

What? You wanna get a little kissy

or something back here in the back?

- I'm getting a bad feeling about this.

- You don't wanna get engaged now?

Please don't be mad. But I think we

should take some time off.

Away from each other.

Think things through.

- For what?

- Everything between us is too right.

- Too easy. Never dramatic.

- What are you talking about?

I'm 25 years old and still waiting

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Daniel Taplitz

Daniel Taplitz is a writer and director, known for Red Dog (2011), Chaos Theory (2008) and Commandments (1997). more…

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