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Reign Over Me (2007)

Cast: Adam Sandler, Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, more...
Director: Mike Binder, Mike Binder
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Comedies, Drama
Running Time: 124 min.

A chance run-in with an old college roommate becomes the catalyst for healing in writer/director Mike Binder's tale of friendship and understanding in post-9/11 New York. When the Twin Towers went down on that fateful morning in 2001, Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) lost everything that he had to live for. Five years have passed since Charlie lost his family, and now the once-successful and sociable man has become a withdrawn shadow of his former self. When fate brings Charlie and his former college roommate Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) together once again on a Manhattan street corner, Alan is shocked to see just how far his old friend has fallen. Though on the surface it would appear that Alan has it all, the pressures of his family and career have been weighing heavily on the successful dentist and loving father's shoulders as of late. At that pivotal moment when Charlie and Alan both need a trusted friend to help them work through the seemingly insurmountable challenges they face in life, the restorative power of a rekindled friendship provides just the lifeline needed to move forward into the future with hope and optimism. Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, and Donald Sutherland co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Excruciating. And Beyond. by talltale November 10, 2007 - 8:05 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I generally enjoy the work of writer/director Mike Binder (HBOs "Mind of the Married Man," "The Upside of Anger"). I even found his theatrically-unreleased, Ben Affleck film "Man About Town" worth a watch. I also--almost always--finish a movie I have begun. But regarding REIGN OVER ME, in which the phony moments come so thick and fast that it's like being in the middle of a filmmaking combination of blizzard and tornado, I could last only 40 minutes before mouthing a fit of expletives and hitting the DVD eject button. When the character played by Don Cheadle is driving his car down a one-lane, one-way street in New York City and spots an old friend, he stops, yells to get the guy's attention and then leaves his car to run after him, blocking an entire street of traffic with nary a backward glance. In my 40-plus years of NYC living, I have never witnessed anything this stupid and unnecessary.

From the sexual provocations of the character played by Saffron Burrows to the controlling manipulations of the wife, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, this crassly misogynistic movie fares even worse with its two male leads--Cheadle and Adam Sandler--who come across as every bit as dumb and obvious as the women are creepy and cold. Hell, I like "buddies bonding" movies as well as the next guy, but however things "work out" in the end, not a minute in those first forty could entice a moviegoer who demand a remote approximation of reality to stick around. Let me try to put it in the kind of terms used by this ever-so-tasteful film: "Reign Over Me" will rub you the wrong way like a sandpaper hand-job.

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