Reign Over Me

March 23rd, 2007


Reign Over Me

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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.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.6/10 (52,785 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Mike Binder

Stars: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett 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.

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 - George Johnson
Camille LaChe Smith - Cherie Johnson (as Camille LaChe-Smith)

Taglines: Live every day like it's the best day of your life.


Official Website: Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 23 March 2007

Filming Locations: Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $21,418,543 (Worldwide)

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Did You Know?

At one point Javier Bardem was going to play Don Cheadle's role of Alan Johnson. Scheduling conflicts led to Cheadle being cast in the role instead.

Revealing mistakes: In one of the scenes at Dr. Johnson's office, the second hand on the clock is not moving

Charlie Fineman: [Charlie looks at Alan] I had three daughters.
Alan Johnson: [surprised] I... I know.
Charlie Fineman: Geena was five. Jenny was seven, she, uh... she liked boys already. Julie was 9. She was... she was older. They all looked alike, Johnson. Like Doreen. Doreen was my wife. DT. That was her nickname. Doreen Timpleman. She had a dog, Spider. Spider... the poodle. They'd wake me up all the time, Saturday mornings, you know, singing Beatles songs to me in harmony, the four of them...

User Review

Powerful when it's being original

Rating: 8/10

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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