Reign Over Me (2007)
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|In Columbia Pictures' new drama Reign Over Me, former college roommates Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) and Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) meet up again by chance on a Manhattan street corner. Five years after losing his family on 9/11, Charlie, once a successful dentist, has retreated from his life, and Alan is stunned to see the changes in his formerly gregarious friend. At the same time, Alan, who should be enjoying his beautiful wife, children and career, is overwhelmed by his responsibilities. Their rekindled friendship becomes a lifeline for the two men, who are both in need of a trusted friend at this pivotal moment in their lives. Reign Over Me was written and directed by Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger).|
"It doesn't exploit our emotions about Sept. 11; it simply tells a story that exists because of what happened that day... John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"...a courageous, moving, organically funny picture. Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"...the feelings in it are immutable...Sandler has never before held the screen with greater intensity. Scott Foundas, The Village Voice
"...a striking, genuinely touching, meticulously well-acted friendship parable, and a big audience pleaser. William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteDemonstrating the same understanding of the complexities of human relationships that characterized his 2006 film, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, and his short-lived HBO series, THE MIND OF THE MARRIED MAN, writer/director Mike Binder once again taps into the same fertile ground in this story of one man's difficulty reconnecting with the world after experiencing a great tragedy. In another role showcasing his relatively untapped talent for dramatic roles, Adam Sandler is Charlie Fineman, a New York dentist whose post-traumatic stress caused by the loss of his wife and children on 9/11 sees him regressing to a sort of second childhood dominated by videogames, record collecting, and riding his motor scooter around the city. A chance run-in with his former college roommate, fellow dentist, and family man Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) spurs Charlie's first attempts at remembering his past. But though Alan is genuinely glad to try and help Charlie, it will take more than the company of a good friend to get Charlie back to the world.Striking just the right balance between comedy and pathos, Binder's script elicits another great performance from Cheadle, and allows Sandler to continue to prove that he's capable of far more than the comedies that made him a box-office superstar. They are accompanied by a stellar supporting cast including Jada Pinkett Smith as Alan's vigilant wife, Janeane; Liv Tyler as the therapist who finally gives Charlie a healthy outlet for his grief; and Saffron Burrows as a neurotic patient of Alan's. Though REIGN OVER ME could be classified as a post-9/11 film, Binder never belabors or exploits the point and never actually mentions the event by name. The stunning New York location shots look as lovely as any in cinematic memory.
Cast & Crew
|Jada Pinkett Smith|
|Greg Berry - Art Director|
|Jeff G. Waxman - Producer|
|Jeremy Roush - Editor|
|Lynwood Spinks - Executive Producer|
|Mike Binder - Director|
|Mike Binder - Writer|
|Rolfe Kent - Original Music By|
|Russ T. Alsobrook - Cinematographer|
|Steve Edwards - Editor|