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Reign Over Me (2007)

 -  Drama  -  23 March 2007 (USA)
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A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

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Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. Written by neojeff2199

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In a city of millions, finding one can change your whole life See more »

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Rated R for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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23 March 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,460,690 (USA) (23 March 2007)

Gross:

$19,661,987 (USA) (27 April 2007)
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In the left bottom corner of the receptionist's desk is a glimpse of a postcard size sticker that has the numbers 01.20.09 which is President George W. Bush's last day in office. See more »

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When Charlie is walking towards the water after the court hearing, Alan's car door is still open. Once they change camera angles, the door is closed. See more »

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[Charlie is meeting Angela for the first time. Angela goes off to get a cup of coffee]
Charlie Fineman: Are you kidding me? She's a baby.
Alan Johnson: Listen, you're right, she's young. But, she-she's good. She's got a lot of experience with loss and grief counseling. Just...
Charlie Fineman: She's got nice tits, that's not good.
Alan Johnson: Since when?
Charlie Fineman: [pause] Good point.
Alan Johnson: Look, we'll just do the meet-and-greet, and see if you like her, and if you do, we'll just - we'll go from there.
Charlie Fineman: Am I wrong about her tits, though?
Alan Johnson: No, you're right. They're wonderful...
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An unexpected good dark comedy/drama from Sandler
13 March 2007 | by (san francisco, ca) – See all my reviews

I saw this at a screening last night too. I was totally blown away at how much better this movie was than what I expected. Not many movies can combine dark comedy and current event drama and not have it fall apart in the conclusion.

I won't bother rehashing the plot too much because I think the less you know about this movie going into it makes it that much better. But I will say that Adam Sandler's performance was really refreshing and real. He was funny, and much funnier than most of his most recent comedies. Don Cheadle was believable as always.

This movie isn't funny like Borat or Billy Madison but it has a good pace about it. I'd say 90% of the audience laughed for most of the film. Midway through the movie slows down to address the drama end of things and does a really nice job of tying it all together.

I also thought it was really cool how instead of playing up the whole black friend/white friend thing they chose to just ignore it and focus on the relationships themselves.


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