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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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Mike Binder

Writer:

Mike Binder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Charlie Fineman
Don Cheadle ... Alan Johnson
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Janeane Johnson
Liv Tyler ... Angela Oakhurst
Saffron Burrows ... Donna Remar
Donald Sutherland ... Judge Raines
Robert Klein ... Jonathan Timpleman
Melinda Dillon ... Ginger Timpleman
Mike Binder ... Bryan Sugarman
Jonathan Banks ... Stelter
Rae Allen ... Adell Modell
Paula Newsome ... Melanie
John de Lancie ... Nigel Pennington
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... George Johnson
Camille LaChe Smith Camille LaChe Smith ... Cherie Johnson (as Camille LaChe-Smith)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Let in the unexpected. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empty City See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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:

$21,418,543
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The video game that Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle play is Shadow of the Colossus (2005). It's a game about a man who slays colossi in an attempt to bring a woman back to life. Early scripts had Sandler play a simple, 1980s-style game, until Editor Jeremy Roush recalled that his own father watched the movie Aliens (1986) obsessively as a "thinly veiled kind of Vietnam veteran kind of story". Seeing the imagery of the colossi falling, he realized "someone who was dealing with 9/11 would be engrossed by a giant that keeps collapsing over and over again", so he demonstrated it to Writer and Director Mike Binder and the actors and actresses. With the approval of the game's Director Fumito Ueda, it was included in the movie. 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

[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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Alternate Versions

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 »


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Payback
Written by Ali Dee and Michael Klein
Performed by Lucy Klein
Courtesy of Deetown Entertainment
By Arrangement with format
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Powerful when it's being original
13 March 2007 | by tyler-92See all my reviews

I just got back from a screening a couple of hours ago, and I was very happy with the movie when I left it. It's very intense, and the closest I've come to crying in a movie in quite some time. That is a credit to Adam Sandler, who delivers a magnificent performance on many levels, and who probably deserves an Oscar nom for it, were it not coming out so early in the year. Don Cheadle gives his usual superb performance playing the straight man to Adam's disturbed.

There is some humor, but most of it is really only funny in comparison to the tearjerking moments, as Adam deals with his loss and Don struggles to help him. Adam plays two levels very well... when he is mentally stable he is funny and likable, but when he is, well, less stable he's powerful and dark.

I recommend it for anyone who likes intense mental dramas about difficult friendship and loss.


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