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Reign Over Me [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]

Adam Sandler , Don Cheadle , Melinda Dillon    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows
  • Directors: Melinda Dillon
  • Producers: Rolfe Kent, Jack Binder
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Czech, Hungarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,450 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One of the first films to examine the aftermath of post- 9/11 New York City, Reign Over Me shows how much even indirect contact with those who lost loved ones in the tragedy can greatly affect. Like rings of debris spiralling out from an explosion, Charlie Fineman's (Adam Sandler) loss also devastates his in-laws, who he refuses to speak to, and ex-college roommate, Alan Johnson. Reign Over Me stars Johnson, a successful dentist with a gorgeous wife, Janeane (Jada Pinkett Smith) and two kids, who finds Charlie reverted back into a teenage wasteland, unable to face his unbearable sadness. Sandler as Charlie looks like Bob Dylan and acts like Dustin Hoffman in his great dramatic performance.

Listening to The Who and The Boss through headphones, playing video games, and continually remodelling his kitchen, Fineman's escapism disturbs Johnson, who, in turn, feels squelched by his stiflingly normal lifestyle. As the two reacquaint, Johnson is the only person who can help save Fineman from self-obliteration. The story analyzes Post Traumatic Stress with some accuracy, though excess sentimentality undermines emotional scenes. Survivor's guilt, assessing mental illness, and absolute incapacitation due to grief are all topics covered within the bounds of the enduring friendship forged between these two men. Ultimately, Reign Over Me's message is one of compassion, as a reminder to treat victims of loss with patience and care. But interestingly, it also pays heed to smaller human tribulations, which are obstacles to healing when left untreated. --Trinie Dalton,

Product Description

Mike Binder writes and directs this bittersweet comedy drama set in post-9/11 New York, with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle heading up an all-star cast that also includes Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows and Donald Sutherland. Charlie Fineman (Sandler) lost his family in the September 11 attack, and has become a shadow of his former self in the five years that have passed since the tragedy. When he runs into his former college roommate Alan Johnson (Cheadle) by chance, their rekindled friendship proves to be a lifeline for both men.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a film without pretension 26 April 2007
Even though this film is based on the aftermath of 9/11, it doesn't try to be political. It simply shows a man's grief and how he deals with losing his family. Although he is better known for comedy, having adam sandler playing a serious role should not put anybody off because he plays the role beautifully. Don Cheadle in the other title role carries on from where he left off in Crash with another thoughtful performance and the chemistry between the two of them is great to see. The film quite cleverly shows the two men dealing with their own issues, some more obvious than others, to a point that you don't know who is getting more benefit from who. The seriousness of the film is occasionally pervaded by snippets of humour which help you to relate wth the characters and provides refreshment from the large apple in your throat!! Even though 2007 has a number of blockbusters with massive budgets, this should be one of the more memorable films and should be part of anybody's collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
few people , I imagine, saw the two HBO seasons of binder's show 'mind of the married man' which ought to have done for [older] married men what sex and the city did for gals .. it was funny, compassionate and moving in a grown up way .. so i looked out for this movie - saw it on blu ray [what a fabulous medium this is!]and was very moved - as the earlier reviews say it is a beautifully judged buddy movie dealing with grief and friendship in an oh so grown up way.. excellent performances ... made me really care for these people .. how often does a movie do that for you these days? go for it...

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As heavy as it is funny 22 April 2008
Reign Over Me is essentially a buddy movie starring Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler. Alan Johnson (Cheadle) is a dentist in a stereotypical "wife & a few kids in a nice house in New York" setup. Charlie Fineman (Sandler) is in many ways not so fortunate. Sadly he lost his whole family in 9/11, they were on one of the planes that went down that day. Since then he has retreated into his own little world, refusing to acknowledge the reality of his situation or the world around him. Alan and Charlie went to dental school together and parted company for many years. Could a chance meeting in the street change their lives forever?

The movie, as you'd expect from the subject matter, contains a lot of dark moments, but each seems to be balanced out by moments of pure joy and good humour and is well worth a look. Both Cheadle and Sandler are very convincing in their roles and display a chemistry that you don't often see. They look more and more like a couple of mates than actors as time goes on, which is good to see.

The blu-ray version is detailed as you'd expect and the colour reproduction is great, especially in the night-time scenes in the street where a standard DVD may struggle.

There are a few extra's to view, including various making-of's and a jam session between Don & Adam.

It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very powerful film 14 Nov 2009
By K
It's been a few months since I saw this film, but I felt compelled to express my opinion after seeing Mr Johnson's oddly curt 1-star review.

I got "Reign Over Me" from my university library, purely because it was the only film there that was on Blu-ray, and I wanted to take full advantage of my Blu-ray player. On paper, it's not the type of film I would usually go for, but I'm glad I did. I now own my own copy!

I agree with the first two reviewers. I found "Reign Over Me" to be a very moving and powerful film. It contained a great balance between comedic and emotional scenes. The story was very involving and the characters are sympathetic. The most striking part of the film, in my opinion, was the development of the character of Charlie Fineman, played masterfully by Adam Sandler (whom I had only previously seen in comedy roles). The scenes where he eventually opens up and speaks about the death of his family still stay with me.

As it says in the synopsis, Charlie lost his family in 9/11. However, it is not a film about 9/11 but rather a study of the aftermath and the profound effect such a tragedy can have on those left behind. The fact that they died in 9/11 is only briefly alluded to during the film, and highlighted towards the end when Charlie describes when he found out.

The actors' performances are outstanding and Mike Binder's screenplay is beautifully written. I was disappointed and surprised to find that this film wasn't nominated for any major awards.
If you're still considering whether or not to buy or watch "Reign Over Me", I would suggest that you give it a chance. You won't regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reign Over Me 8 Feb 2009
i must admit i had my doubts when i saw that Adam Sandler was playing a character who's main role wasn't to act like a five year old. don't get me wrong i thing that Sandler is a very talented comedian and obviously knows his audience and their needs well.

so i have to say that i was very pleasently suprised at how much i actually love this film! it conjured up 101 emotions that i didn't think it would. sandler plays the part of the widowed Charlie Fineman in such a way that you believe the pain that he portrays. but he does it in his very unique way and injects a touch of humour in just the right places but also knows how to break your heart in the way that you hope an actor in a film like this would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fine
Can only say it does what its meant to do what more can you ask of something, no problems here
Published 2 months ago by james
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery, low price
glad I bought it cheap as it appeared on TV a few weeks after getting it. Service was fine, film is so so.
Published 10 months ago by RG
5.0 out of 5 stars Adam Sandler at his serious best
What a wonderful and at times very moving film . Adam Sandler took on a very serious role and the relationship between him and Don Cheadle was very intense and at times very... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. K. Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior!
s i m p l y d o e s n ' t g e t a n y b e t t e r !
Published 14 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Roller Coaster
Watched this film on a Sunday night and I was instantly engaged with the two main characters after only a few minutes. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. S. P. Walshe
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandler is superb in this film
I have never liked any of Sandlers film so I didn't expect to watch this for more than 10 minutes.
Well he gives an absolutely superb performance and yes I did have my... Read more
Published 19 months ago by N. M. Woodnick
4.0 out of 5 stars A treat
Big fan of Don Cheadle and like many of Adam Sandler's films so gave this a spin. Really glad I did. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Junkie
4.0 out of 5 stars different
You don' t expect this comic actor to play such a serious role ..touching story and funny at the same time

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Published on 17 April 2012 by Beatrice
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating & Enjoyable
This is a different role for adam sandler than usual but it's still a great performance from him and a great film to watch. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by jwest
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie about PTSD
This is a very helpful film for anyone who has or has a loved one who has PTSD, it really helps explain the difficulties a survivor with PTSD has, heartwarming and beautifully... Read more
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