Reign Over Me

Reign Over Me

Director: Mike Binder Cast: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith
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Working-Scribe_Aberjhani More than 1 year ago
The nonstop reverberating horror of September 11, 2001, has spawned a number of notable films and REIGN OVER ME deserves a place among them. The opening scenes of the movie are brilliantly simple, starting with Adam Sandler as Charlie Fineman gliding through New York City on his scooter like an overgrown kid floating through a dream until awakened from it by his former college roommate, Don Cheadle as Alan Johnson.

The light comic tone set by writer and director Mike Binder at the beginning of "Reign Over Me" allows viewers to become comfortable with the idea of a new and unique kind of "guy movie." We settle down to be entertained by former roommates who re-enter each other's life and presumably will experience all kinds of hilarity as a result. That presumption, it turns out, reveals only a very small part of a very big story. A current popular expression states that "People come into our lives for a reason." But in the case of this movie, we might change it to "People come back into our lives for a reason."

The more Charlie and Alan reintegrate themselves into each other's life, the more clear it becomes that both are living with deeply hidden wounds that block their desire for happiness. In Alan's case, it's his seeming dissatisfaction with a marriage in which he has begun to feel stifled and his frustration with the bossy partners in a small but successful dental clinic that he established. On the other hand, Charlie's primary issue appears to be a case of burned-out stoner until we learn that he lost his wife and children on 9/11. Years after the event, the blow is still such a devastating one that he can barely function outside of riding his scooter, sitting in as a drummer on late-night club jam sessions, and playing electronic games. Millions of dollars collected in insurance money don't help much either. The loss of his family has left him so detached from any sense of connection and ordinary emotions that he is completely devoid of compassion when Alan's father dies. Upon hearing the news, instead of nodding with understanding when Alan declines his invitation to hang out and eat Chinese food, Charlie tells him, "Come on, don't be such a p_ssy."

As heavy as "Reign Over Me" can get at times, it also contains a lot of feel-good moments as well, such as when Saffron Burrows, as Alan's patient Donna Remar, innocently declares she would have sex with him if he wished just so she can get the urge to do so out of her system. It's also genuinely moving to see the support that Charlie and Alan try to provide each other as they confront their individual demons/dilemmas. In addition, Jada Pinkett Smith as Alan's wife, Liv Tyler as Charlie's therapist, and Donald Sutherland as a judge round out a powerful supporting cast.

What we witness at the end of "Reign Over Me," with the sound of Pearl Jam wailing soul-ripping angst in the background, is a man with a brutally broken heart struggling to find enough faith and strength to help him believe that his life can somehow become good and worth living again. It's not hard to identify with Charlie because the pain he continues to feel, even as he takes steps toward healing himself, makes a perfect symbol for the pain people all over the world continue to feel and live following September 11, 2001, seven whole years ago as of this writing.

by Aberjhani
author of "ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminate
Guest More than 1 year ago
While dramas reenacting the devastation of 911 abound, only a few select films appear to be dealing with the personal, long-term effects of that day of doom. REIGN OVER ME, with a brilliant script by Mike Bender (who also directs and acts in the film), reaches into the arena of emotional states that continue to filter through the detritus of that event, states that have altered many minds permanently and states that have provided pathways for growing into a more profound appreciation for life and the privilege of living. Successful dentist Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) and his beautiful wife Janeane (Jada Pinkett Smith) live luxuriously well from the income Alan makes tending to the vanity of the wealthy New Yorkers: their lives seem perfect but there is a static vibration that pleads for change. Alan happens to see his old college and dental school roommate Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler), disheveled and skirting around the streets on a motorized scooter. Charlie doesn't recognize Alan: Charlie doesn't recognize anything or anyone from his past as his mind has been jumbled by the unrepaired grief over the loss of his wife and three daughters in one of the airplanes that crashed in 911 disaster. The rigid but needy Alan succeeds in making contact with Charlie, offering solace and help and companionship to his old friend, and through a series of incidents (some hilarious, others tragic) the two men find a common Gilead - Charlie faces his loss and begins to cope and Alan is set free from his self inflicted cage in which he lives. Binder writes well and introduces enough interesting sidebar characters through the course of the film to make the statement about change and healing credible. The fine cast includes Liv Tyler as a psychiatrist, Saffron Burrows as a stalking patient whose recovery from a divorce plays significantly in the interaction between Alan and Charlie, Robert Klein and Melinda Dillon play the parents of Charlie's deceased wife, Mike Binder is Charlie's accountant, and Donald Sutherland offers a brief but sophisticated cameo as a judge. The quality of acting is first rate and even Adam Sandler manages to overcome his own well-worn bag of schlocky tricks to bring the sad Charlie to life. Food for thought, here, and worth watching, if only to see how personal 911 is to be remembered. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reign Over Me is an outstanding movie showing the effects of 911 on a man, and his struggle to get through every day events...truely amazing...highly recommend watching!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is a must see it shows how love can damage the heart, mind and soul. The film also shows how friendship and some one to talk to can save you from almost anything. You can compare this movie to almost any life situatuion.
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