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Reign Over Me [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows
  • Directors: Mike Binder
  • Writers: Mike Binder
  • Producers: Jack Binder, Jack Giarraputo, Jeff G. Waxman, Lynwood Spinks, Michael Rotenberg
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 9 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Product Description

Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith and Liv Tyler star in this heart-rending story about Charlie Fineman (Sandler), who has slipped away from reality after the sudden loss of his wife and children. But Charlie's life takes a turn for the better when he runs into his old college roommate Alan Johnson (Cheadle), whose life is torn between the demands of career and family. Their renewed friendship rekindles their long-forgotten bond, and both men emerge enriched and enlightened.

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Format: Blu-ray
It's all relative. For a Hollywood film with a big star, this look at a man deeply, profoundly scarred and damaged by loss (Charlie; Adam Sandler) and the slow rebuilding of his friendship with his dental school roommate who wants to help (Alan; Don Cheadle) is often refreshingly honest about the complexities of mental illness, and the fact that there is no magic bullet for pain for any of us.

On the other hand, there are a number of contrivances, forced plot twists and supporting characters that remind us we are indeed in a Hollywood dramady, not real life.

Cheadle does some amazing low key work in the less showy of the two main roles, giving us a man in mid-life crisis, disconnected from his family and his own heart, who perks up when he gets involved with the damaged Charlie. It's partly because helping someone gives his life meaning, but also because part of him envies Sandler's adolescent-like freedom to act out, even if it comes from a wounded and destructive place. Sandler struggles more with the pathetic Charley, partly because the character's pain and PTSD has created a man almost hollow. That may be accurate, but it can make him hard to identify with. Also, the ways Charlie's illness suddenly manifests can seem a bit 'story convenient'. There's no question Sandler has the chops to be heartbreaking as a wounded soul (Punch-Dunk Love, Funny People), but here the thousand yard stare and the mumbled words sometimes feel more like an acting choice than a real expression of pain so deep it can't be handled.

Another problem area are the women characters, who seem a bit trapped in the old Madonna/whore bind. They are either cold and unsympathetic, or a very male fantasy -- either gorgeous sexual predators, or beautiful nurturers or both.

A good solid film, but I can't help wishing the great one that seemed to be lurking underneath had found its way to the surface.
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By Sam Mantini on Sept. 30 2014
Format: DVD
Haven't watched yet, but I know it will be good.
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By P. Worsley-Brown on Nov. 29 2011
Format: DVD
This movie is awesome and a great insight into the world of a man who is tortured by regret and sorry and the past. As always Adam Sandler does and great job and him and Cheadle act well together.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By webbkat on Feb. 13 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The item came on time and was in good packaging. The movie, I'm told, is good but I have yet to see it myself.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Not Bad March 28 2007
By RG69 - Published on Amazon.com
My wife wanted to see this movie so I went not expecting much. I was really suprised at how much I liked the film. For those of you who hate Sandler's comedy, he is going for a full dramatic role in this film and he is quite good. Yes there are some humurous moments and Sandler does have a funny line or two, but this is truly a drama. The story is about friendship. Even though it appears it is about how Sandler can't handle the grief over the lose of his family on 9/11, it is also just as much about Cheadle coming to grips with his own life which is not where he wants it to be. It is about them helping each other. Not a perfect story, but a tale well told and well acted all the way around.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Broken heart story Oct. 10 2007
By Eugenia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is probably one of the underrated movies of the year. Personally, I never liked the previews of this movie and I did not expect that Adam Sandler can deliver solid performance outside of comedy realm. Although his performance is in fact uneven at times, his co-star Don Cheadle is like a solid rock in his delivery of the decent New York dentist who in mid-life crisis seeking for his true purpose in life. There are funny and sad moments in this movie, all characters are carefully developed and one only wishes we could all have friends around us that are decent, loyal and caring, like the ones in this movie. That is what makes this feature almost fairy tale like -- one does not expect people like that in NYC, so their humanity is very refreshing. Film is multilayered and it addresses the issues that we all face in our lives at one point: how do we deal with boredom, guilt, grief, marriage? What is the best escape when repressing sadness and anger - atempt to reconnect with people who remind us of our youth and what we used to be, taking advanced photography lessons, or playing video games hours at the time? Marvelous casting, great music score picks, reality of NYC living with all its curiosity and drag at times. Oh - and on totally unrelated note -- it is almost strange how maturing Adam Sandler looks so much like young Bob Dylan! Their physical resemblance is eerie.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Great Story Oct. 14 2007
By Douglas D. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
While I am personally disappointed at the amount of people that require bombs and crotch jokes to keep them entertained. I have read every review to this point and I find that everyone that doesnt like the movie is upset that a story about real life drama is actually (wait for it) real. The subtle storyline of a broken man whose only hope and solice is a friend that he can't even remember shakes the very foundation of what is considered to be normal. We all wish for a great story were the guy gets the girl and everyone lives happily ever after. The truth behind this movie is that it is honest to life and shows just that. That not everyone is always happy and not every person goes through a horrible situation and comes out on the other side with a smile.

Adam Sandler does a terrific job of showing the subtle nature of just who a person can become. To go from being a well respected dentist to being a closet hermite crab. If you truely do not understand this, than please send 5 minutes and watch when Sandler finally explains his family. The emotion, the pain and the thoughts. While this scene is happening you think of how you would reply to such a travesty. How you would cope with life.

Excluding the main storyline, this movie is still a great story. A husband lost in life, scared to fully to commit to his wife of many years. Even more terrified of show his actual weakness to anyone let alone himself. So scared infact that he will not see a psychologist but, hides outside of one's office for a few minutes of conversation.

I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. I am still not an Adam Sandler fan but, this movie shows me he can actually show emotion.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Real life cant be wrapped up in a little bow.... Oct. 10 2007
By E. Mathis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I loved the fact that at the end of this movie there was no attempt to make everything end on a "happily ever after" note like most movies. I think the topic of this movie was a very heavy one and so for that this movie isnt for those who are looking for a "feel-good" movie...If you want that, look elsewhere...I love that at the end, it pretty much leaves things as some would call with no resolution...but thats life...real life cant be wrapped up in a pretty package with a nice bow and everythings peachy....Especially with a subject matter of loss of a loved one...It was a real movie with a real ending...I loved it...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Drama of Friendship Oct. 14 2007
By Luke Rad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Many people I know who saw this movie think its very depressing. Yes it is. But its a great uplifting movie about communication and friendship. I cried a bunch and laughed a bunch too. For me I had to watch it at least twice. I watched the bonus features with the behind the story bit with the Director Mike Binder. Mr. Binder explains some things which helped me understand more about the story and that prompted me to watch a second time. I appreciated it more. Yep, I still cried again. And I found more parts to love too.
I guess some people expect ah, Adam Sandler then there must be laughs. There were some great Sandler moments in here. He really surprised me with his range of sanity and emotions. This is one thats going into my collection.