Breaking the Rules (film)

Breaking the Rules
Directed by Neal Israel
Produced by Kent Bateman
Jonathan D. Krane
Written by Paul W. Shapiro
Starring Shawn Phelan
Jackey Vinson
Marty Belafsky
Jason Bateman
C. Thomas Howell
Jonathan Silverman
Music by David Kitay
Cinematography James Hayman
Edited by Tom Walls
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • October 9, 1992 (1992-10-09)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $52,285

Breaking the Rules is a 1992 American drama film directed by Neal Israel, executive produced by Larry A. Thompson,[1] starring Jason Bateman, C. Thomas Howell, Jonathan Silverman and Annie Potts. Jason's father, Kent Bateman, has a role in the movie as well.


Phil (Jason Bateman) is a cancer stricken man who tricks his two best friends, Gene (C. Thomas Howell) and Rob (Jonathan Silverman), whom he hasn't seen in a long time, to go on a road trip, by inviting them to a fake engagement party. This has the potential for problems because Gene once stole Rob's girlfriend. Phil gets them to be friends again. He tells them of his illness and all three decide to go to Los Angeles for Phil's dying wish: to be a contestant on "Jeopardy." On the way there they meet an attractive wild woman with a heart of gold (Annie Potts).



Roger Ebert savaged the film in his contemporary review, damning its inauthentic script wherein "one appalling scene follows another". In an exasperated tone, he asked: "Was there no one to cry out, Stop this madness? No one to read the script and see that it was without sense or sensibility? No one to listen to the dialogue and observe that nobody in the world ever talked like this?"[2]


  1. "Breaking the Rules (1992) (TV) - Full cast and crew". Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  2. Ebert, Roger (October 9, 1992). "Breaking the Rules". Retrieved August 3, 2016.

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