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Reign Over Me (2007)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Timpleman
Adell Modell
Nigel Pennington
George Johnson
Camille LaChe Smith ...
Cherie Johnson (as Camille LaChe-Smith)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Empty City  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$19,661,987 (USA) (27 April 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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The scooter itself is just powerful enough to make it technically illegal in New York City, which permits electric scooters but has banned engine-powered ones like Charlie's. He's a bit of an outlaw. See more »


In one of the scenes at Dr. Johnson's office, the second hand on the clock is not moving See more »


[first lines]
Melanie: New patient?
New Dental Patient: Yes, I was referred by my lawyer about veneers.
[big grin]
Melanie: You're a new patient, that's all I need to know. Fill this out so we know who to contact in case we loose you in the chair.
New Dental Patient: [speechless]
Melanie: That was a joke, sweetie, I was being funny.
[abruptly slides the window closed]
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References THX 1138 (1971) See more »


Love, Reign O'er Me
Written by Pete Townshend
Produced by Brendan O'Brien
Performed by Pearl Jam
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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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