The one slight drag on the whole affair, and I'm not sure how this could have been avoided without a wholly different plot, is the attempts to bring Sandler out of his hole. The September 11th is irrelevant to the plot; it could be a car accident, a fire or any other tragedy, as well as the sexual harassment of Donna Remar, played by the gorgeous Saffron Burrows, to Alan. Reign Over Me has its therapist behaving in reprehensible ways that would be considered unprofessional and counter-therapeutic at best. I started bawling and had a hard time after wards getting up to walk out from the theater feeling my legs too weak to do so. The judge leaves the decision to Charlie's in-laws, asking them to think of what their daughter would want for Charlie. The supporting cast does an amazing job helping keep up appearances for the two leads. Watching how they actually help each other by just being there is painful and heartfelt.
However, it is Sandler and Cheadle that give some of their finest work to date. I was a suspect for murder until the autopsy came back. Reign Over Me titled after the who song is a movie that is sure to bring a tear to almost everyone's eye. While comedic actors going dramatic has been seen as somewhat of a distraction, Sandler is no stranger to playing more serious roles. Nonetheless, 'Reign Over Me' has heart and it does tackle several different concepts in a subtle and suitable way. One aspect is professional psychiatry, which makes sense, and is pretty well done.
I liked the soundtrack very much. Cheadle is struggling with difficulties in both his marriage and in his professional life as a dentist. She is a great actress and plays the love- crushed divorcée trying to put her life back together wonderfully. My in-laws didn't get it! I am the vine; you are the branches. His performance throughout the movie was top notch, even his humor was present, but the monologue in which Sandler's character tells his story was just sublime. The movie works because of two excellent performances by Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle, but the story contains very strong foul language and some crude sexual talk. Some of the scenes don't work as well as others, but overall it is well written and solidly directed.
While he has begun to transition to more dramatic roles with Punch-Drunk Love and Spanglish, this role is a significant step forward for him as a dramatic actor. New York Police Officer uncredited. This way both friends gradually find that pieces of themselves which they have long lost. My own new husband has seen me fall apart talking about the trauma when I shared from my soul. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Also, the two main characters don't turn to God or Jesus Christ, the real Divine Source of all that is good, good, noble, just, and true. The addition of Don Cheadle makes a difference where expectations were concerned but it is Sandler who springs a surprise with a very effective performance of a former dentist suffering from a severe form of post-traumatic stress disorder while coping, or more correctly, not coping with the loss of his family and living in a self-imposed isolation.
It will have you laughing at how Charlie uses his words, like people really do in everyday life, to make a comical statement of fact about a real situation. Which means it had me from the beginning to the end, 2 Although the cast was interracial, this fact was not important to the playing out of the roles of the characters in the film. My son was with me and saw it first hand, my precise motions while trying to hold it all together; a lesson for him, my youngest who barely remembers his daddy. That, I think, is the main message Mike Binder's newest film Reign Over Me brings across. What is happening to American movies? All an all, Reign Over Me is an enjoyable, sad, yet many times funny film, driven by its amazing leading performances. This is Sandler's first dramatic performance I've seen mind you, I have not seen 'Punch Drunk Love' yet.
Alan reties his friendship with Charlie and they become close to each other. Pro Tools music playback and recording uncredited Special Effects by. Cheadle as per delivers a great performance, surprisingly Sandler portrays the role fantastically. The story is a touching journey of how Cheadle and Sandler find each other and reconnect, at the same time allowing each other to escape there own problems in their lives. Amazing people can actually interact with out this fact being brought out! No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. And when I heard the main protagonist is Adam Sandler, I got disappointed. Sandler did a good job working a character outside of his comfort zone and the always good Cheadle did a great job too.
What makes 'Reign Over Me' work most is Sandler and Cheadle's on screen camaraderie as they share the right chemistry. However, the inclusion of a courtroom sequence including the whole Donald Sutherland track seems forced and makes 'Reign Over Me' slightly clichéd. Not that anything is ever quite out of place in fiction. Binder's direction is solid for the most part. Reminded me of The Fisher King a bit, though The Fisher King is better.
They completely owned this movie. Don Cheadle gives his usual superb performance playing the straight man to Adam's disturbed. His therapist says he needs to tell the story about his family to someone eventually. It's more that the task was one hell of a mountain to climb for any editor. A deeply moving film sure to put tears in your eyes and a smile on your face. It's a profoundly strong, and mighty performance. I'd say 90% of the audience laughed for most of the film.
For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. It is through this relationship that not only is Charlie able to begin to heal himself but that Alan, in fact, learns to communicate and sate his true desires with his associates at work and, eventually, is able to admit to his wife he has not been able to communicate his real feelings to her but that he strongly wants to because he does love her. Liv Tyler as a psychologist Alan is familiar with whom decides to try and help Charlie, and supporting roles by Donald Sutherland, director Mike Binder, Ted Raimi, Saffron Burrows and others. Sandler's humor is still present, which actually saved this film from being border-line depressing. This movie was also amazing to me for a few other reasons: 1 I never looked at my watch once during the showing of the film.