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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:
Jonathan Timpleman
Adell Modell
Paul Butler ...
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 USA:

$7,460,690, 23 March 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,661,987, 29 April 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is inspired by Pete Townshend's song "Love Reign O'er Me" from The Who's 1973 album 'Quadrophenia,' which was also the inspiration for the scooter in this film. The song itself appears twice on the film's soundtrack, the second time during the end credits. See more »


Donna enters the courtroom while Dr. Oakhurst is on the stand. Dr. Oakhurst is also seated in the gallery as Donna moves towards her seat. 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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Written by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer
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An Interesting Role
27 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

The feel of this movie was amazing. Adam Sandler's performance was very inspiring. As he played a very rattled and fragile character, he took his ability to the very edge and really worked the role. His character was really interesting. I can see myself reading the script for this movie and not being half as interested in the part as Sandler made me. For someone who plays primarily comedy roles, he pulled off a serious role with what seemed to be his own quirks and input. I especially loved the scene in which Adam and Don's characters rode the motorized scooter around the city. I familiarized with the moment, because it seemed like Don was witnessing one thing Adam does to get away from it all. With his video games, music, and many other things he does to keep him from thinking about the past, riding his scooter with his headphones on seemed like an escape from his thoughts. This movie is definitely worth the watch.

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