Breaking All the Rules
There's something about ridiculous 80s comedies that makes my heart melt. Right down to the era's fantastic style in clothing and music - Breaking All The Rules is complete with close-up boobage, teenage hormones, dick-faced masks, bad dialogue, and idiotic criminals. All taking place at a theme park in Canada.
What's outrageous to me about the plot is that it's about a 16-year-old blond brat when it looks like a 30-year-old actress playing her. She's fucking 16! Debbie (Carolyn Dunn) and her gal pal Angie are off to have the time of their life at the local amusement park as well as one of the park's employees and his friend. Jack (Carl Marotte) spots Debbie's panties earlier in the day and it's a little hard for him to forget. The two cross pathes again at the amusement park only Debbie has a few 'changes.' This broad has chopped off her hair and is sporting a new spikey do accompanied by punk clothing. Standing next to her gal pal, it reminds me of a few of my friendships in the past. I have a tendency to befriend girls who are nothing like me.
The four come together to have a good time with an exciting chase between a threesome of goofy misfits who previously stole the parks 'diamond' and hid it in a carnies' stuffed animal. These criminals are probably the worst criminals in cinema to date. You have the big buffoon who doesn't know his ass from a hand basket. The hot chick who prefers women and in return gets her ass beat after hitting on the naked ladies in the show's dressing room. Then there's the ring leader who has the goofiest fucking mug I have ever seen and terrible taste in clothing. Nice jacket.
New World never disappoints this collector. As lame as the plot sounds, it's still a fun Canadian flick with surprisingly passable cinematography on a low budget. There's a handful of excellent shots at the theme park. I've always been partial to films taking place in a theme park. This isn't just any theme park. It's actually called 'Fun Park.' The leading man makes a crack about how all they need is something that starts with an F and ends with a K. His wing man asks, "Is there a U in it?" FUN PARK. Get it?
I cannot side with the acting. It isn't terrible but there's also nothing special here. Carl Marotte as the male lead seems to have a steady acting career although I have only seen him in this and My bloody Valentine. Even though his character came off as an over confident dork at times, I strangely found myself attracted to him. Get this, the actor playing his little side kick's name is THOR Bishopric. Such a big name for such a small lad. He's actually the President of ACTRA which according to his IMDB page is the Canadian equivalent of the Screen Actor's Guild. Everyone has a crush on Carolyn Dunn in the lead. Maybe it's the dimples. I don't get it but different strokes for different strokes, my friends. Other than her work in the Friday the 13th series, I haven't seen anything else. Rachel Hayward has had a vast acting career in the sci/fi genre. I am completely unfamiliar with the exception of Xtro 2 and Just One of the Girls with Corey Haim.
Director James Orr wrote the screenplays for Three Men and a Baby, Mr. Destiny, Sister Act 2, and Man of the House. It would appear that Breaking All the Rules was his first directing credit. Interesting tidbit I found on his bio page, "Was sentenced to three years probation for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Farrah Fawcett. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service, attend a batterer's counseling program and pay $500 to a domestic violence fund." So I am supporting a woman beater's film?
The soundtrack is pleasing as the film opens with the classic tune 'Mannish Boy" by Muddy Waters and ending with Shannon's "Let the Music Play." Paul Booth's "Breaking All the Rules" theme wasn't all too bad.
It's nowhere near perfect and you might find yourself biting your nails at times but if you can get past the acting, silly plot, and dialogue... It's campy fun and neatly filmed.