When fate brings Charlie and his former college roommate Alan Johnson together once again on a Manhattan street corner, Alan is shocked to see just how far his old friend has fallen. This is a cinematic masterpiece; perhaps Adam Sandler's finest performances. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He does not discuss his loss, causing his in-laws to worry for his sanity, believing that he has struck the tragedy from his mind. It is possibly the most real, human drama I've seen in a very long. He feels like every moment of his life is spoken for by some obligation, either at the office presided over by his fearsome receptionist, Melanie the very funny Paula Newsome , or at home presided over by his cheerful but iron-willed wife, Janeane Jada Pinkett Smith.
It was a moving story of a guy sandler that lost his family in the 9-11 world trade center attacks. The film and disc are highly recommended. Writer-director Mike Binder has had an unusual career. How many times have I run into a person that I was friends with only to fund out that their lives haven't gone according to script. Summary: Former college roommates Charlie Fineman Sandler and Alan Johnson Cheadle meet up again by chance on a Manhattan street corner. Still, these are minor quibbles in a film that gets so much right in its depiction of a genuine friendship between two men who draw not so much strength as inspiration from each other, because each reminds the other that there's more to him than the seemingly narrow world in which he currently finds himself trapped.
The apps are synchronized with your account at Blu-ray. When Alan does track him down, he discovers a suspicious and protective landlady, Adell Rae Allen ; an accountant and former best friend, Sugarman director Binder , who administers Charlie's survivor settlement and initially suspects Alan of being a scam artist; and the late wife's parents, Jonathan and Ginger Timpleman Robert Klein and Melinda Dillon , who are desperate to get Charlie to talk to them. I already own it, but got this one for my mother. But it is one of the best movies I have ever seen. That being said - this film is amazing. That Cheadle and Sandler make this relationship so convincing and involving, and also frequently very funny, is a tribute to both actors. Terrific performances by Cheadle and especially Sandler.
Storyline: Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. I think they'll hold up well. 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. Some yelling, pushing, and hitting takes place during a fight, and minor drinking in bar leads to an argument. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief. If you looked at the words on the page, they wouldn't add up to much, but the scene as played by Cheadle and Pinkett Smith becomes a sketch in miniature of the current state of the Johnson marriage. Some of the movie seems like an advertisement for a video game, other parts seem thrown together.
Check it out, you won't be disappointed. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. Their rekindled relationship becomes a lifeline for the two men, who are both in need of a trusted friend at this pivotal moment in their lives. Alan keeps walking back into the room to deny that he's visiting Charlie, but he can't finish a sentence. Charlie soon tells Alan his tragic story, but afterwards tries to commit and ends up in an asylum.
Each serves as a disruptor of the other's routine. The cinematographer was Russ Alsobrook, with whom Binder had worked on The Mind of the Married Man and who would go on to shoot Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Superbad. How have the media treated the event? Legal proceedings commence, Judge David Raines Donald Sutherland must determine whether to Charlie to psychiatric care against his will. He actually made me believe his character. How do tragic stories and images help us work through emotional wounds? I relate to Alan in the movie, I needed a hobby or a friend or something.
Alan endeavors to bring Charlie out of his shell by convincing him to see a therapist. Don Cheadle's character was absolutely believable as well. Charlie keeps Alan out until all hours and takes him places he'd otherwise never go, whether it's to a rock music club or an all-night festival of Mel Brooks films. Alan has been waylaying Angela for months seeking advice for his own problems, but now he's brought her a real patient. Far better than the standard overdramatic drivel you'll find critics praising much more readily.
But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. A disjointed meditation on loss, Mike Binder's film lines up a whole series of victims. You will get a notification at the top of the site as soon as the current price equals or falls below your price. I have read many of the reviews about this movie on Amazon and for the people that would downplay the movie as unrealistic and that people don't react like Charlie did, well I say that you have never been around anyone that has suffered the type of loss as his character does in the movie. Then again, like the great clown Bozo, Binder often falls flat on his face.
But this movie was bad on so many levels. Every single actor in this movie is brilliant, and the writing is honest and natural. I found myself dissecting myself along the way. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. He plays a serious part in this movie, something you rarely see him do.
If indeed any segments were shot on film, they were homogenized with the digital photography at the digital intermediate stage. As hard as Reign Over Me works to complicate Charlie's grief and rage he's alternately twitchy and aggressive, frightening and pathetic , it offers a troubling, reductive contrast in one of Alan's patients, Donna Saffron Burrows. They are either cold and unsympathetic, or a very male fantasy -- either gorgeous sexual predators, or beautiful nurturers or both. It's impossible now to imagine any other actors in the parts. Dialogue is always clear, but, equally important, so are the details of the actors' performances.