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.
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
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 »
New Dental Patient:
Yes, I was referred by my lawyer about veneers.
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:
That was a joke, sweetie, I was being funny.
[abruptly slides the window closed]
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A scene removed from the UK version of the film is the montage of scenes with Angela Oakhurst (Liv Tyler) consoling Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) with the original version of 'Love, Reign o'er me' playing in the background. See more »
Out in the Street
Written and Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT See more »
One of my personal favorites.
I'm a big fan of The Who and when I heard there was a movie with the title of my favorite song from my favorite band, I went nuts. And when I heard the main protagonist is Adam Sandler, I got disappointed. But then again, I remembered he played a very dramatic moment in the climax of "Click". I used to think Sandler wasn't made for acting, but I've never been so wrong in my life. He played the sh*t out of his roll in "Reign Over Me".
The soundtrack is outstanding as always in all of Sandler's films. I swear Sandler and I have the exact same taste in music. His performance throughout the movie was top notch, even his humor was present, but the monologue in which Sandler's character tells his story was just sublime.
The plot and the character development was excellent. Though, the ending left a lot to be desired.
Overall, this movie was brilliant. Mike Binder, the writer/director of the film, I tip my hat to you.
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