The Breaks (1999 film)

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The Breaks
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Directed by Eric Meza
Produced by Bob Shapiro
Terry Spazek
Written by Mitch Mullany
Jeff Stolzer
Starring Mitch Mullany
Carl Anthony Payne II
Paula Jai Parker
Clifton Powell
Darius McCrary
Paul Benjamin
Lamont Bentley
with Loretta Devine
Cinematography Carlos González
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release date
February 26, 1999
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Breaks is an American 1999 comedy film written by and starring Mitch Mullany and directed by Eric Meza.


A Sunday in the life of Derrick King, an Irish kid raised in South Central L.A. by a black family. He talks black, dresses black, and thinks of himself as black. It is a day of disasters: his mom kicks him out of the house, his uncle fires him, the woman he loves dismisses him as childish, the LAPD (wearing Confederate flag shoulder patches) impounds his car and tosses him in the drunk tank, a mean dude is after him for money, he is imprisoned in a store basement by gay sadists, and he is shot at. Along the way, however, he shows kindness to a near-sighted kid, and those random acts may prove to be his salvation. Rappers Xzibit and Flesh-n-Bone appear in the film.

The movie features numerous parodies, including one of Pulp Fiction, as well as Good Will Hunting, and an appearance by George Clinton as himself. Professional basketball player Gary Payton also has a speaking role in the movie.


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