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Reign Over Me

March 17, 2007

 A friend and I went to a premiere of Adam Sandler’s new flick, Reign Over Me. There has recently been a lot of advertising for it, so many of you are probably familiar with it. Here’s the gist: A man (Sandler) who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate (Don Cheadle). Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Believe it or not, I would be very surprised if Sandler is not nominated for an Oscar. He was outstanding! I realize many people throw around high praise when a comedian does drama, but Sandler’s performance was as good as any I’ve seen – by anyone – in a long while. He completely becomes his character and makes you believe in it.

The rest of the cast is very good as well – Cheadle is in excellent form (as usual). The script is excellent too. Considering the subject matter, they don’t go for the easy tearjerker moments or climatic breakthroughs.

I was afraid that the writers would use some sort of postmodern hooha to explain the issue of loss or help the character find his way, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, there were a few conservative moments – especially in regards to family. I also liked that all the characters were very multi-dimensional – even the ones with small roles. A few roles could have easily been generalizations (the stingy Jew, for instance), but they turn out to have a few surprises in store.

Even though I highly recommend this movie, it does contain some strong language – but it is not prevalent throughout the movie. There is no other objectional material.

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