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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)  »

Also Known As:

Empty City  »

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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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Jennifer Garner was attached to play the role of "Angela" but left the project a few weeks before filming began. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Dr. Johnson first meets Charlie on the street, the cars behind Charlie vary from shot to shot. In some there is a big white truck to the left and a car with flashing lights on the left. In other shots, there are only a couple of dark cars parked there See more »

Quotes

Charlie Fineman: Can he go out? Is he allowed out?
Alan Johnson: Don't do that, dont ask my wife permisson for me to go out.
Charlie Fineman: Alright, you're right. Can you go out?
[Alan looks at Janeane]
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References God of War (2005) See more »

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Love, Reign O'er Me
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
Courtesy of Polydor Limited and Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The Best Serious Adam Sandler Role
23 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reign Over Me (titled after the who song) is a movie that is sure to bring a tear to almost everyone's eye. It was a moving story of a guy (sandler) that lost his family in the 9-11 world trade center attacks. Years later, he runs into an old college roommate (cheadle) that he doesn't even recognize due to the post-dramatic stress ensued by the loss of his family. The two rekindle their old friendship and Cheadle's character, Johnson, realizes that he must get Sandler's character, Fineman, some help before it's too late.

This was the first movie that has made me cry in a long time. It's completely worth watching and after seeing it, I'm positive the viewer will appreciate his or her family much more.


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