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March 26th, 2007


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09:45 am - Reign Over Me
I've been waiting with mild impatience for this film to come out. There are few enough films which center on (much less in a positive yet realistic fashion) friendship. I like to support such films, such rarities, and with Don Cheadle starring, I didn't even worry about whether Adam Sandler could keep up opposite him.

I enjoyed it throughly. Sandler surprised me with the depth of his performance: behind all of Charlie Fineman's coping mechanisms, his drums and videos games and verbal jokes, there's a hidden well of pain. He's all surface, no memories, because he can't afford to plumb the depths. Cheadle, of course, is excellent as well: Alan Johnson is a family man who has no friends, no life outside his well-paying job and his wife and kids.

It's a quiet film, slow in places, but my attention never wavered. The slowly-rebuilt friendship between Alan and Charlie is very real, and even more than that I loved the ways in which Alan tries to help Charlie, and the ways in which they end up saving each other.


The PoV character for most of the film is Alan, and that worked exceedingly well. "Charlie-world" is as odd to him as it is to the audience, and as interesting, so we can follow along with him. That shifts, later, once Charlie takes the first step into confronting his pain. I didn't have a problem with that, necessarily, because it just takes the film from being Alan's story to being Alan and Charlie's story.

What I did have a slight issue with, and would have changed were I the writer, is the distance that crept in near the end. The events justified most of it, but it jarred a bit to have scenes where neither Alan nor Charlie were present. That could have been reworked, I think, and would have kept some of the emotional impact.


If you'd like to see a movie about friendship, about how much it adds to human life and how much we need it, then you should certainly see Reign Over Me. (whitemartyr, I think you'd like it; I wanted to call you and talk about it after I saw it.)
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From:ladybrick
Date:March 26th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
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See, that's why I liked Studio 60 for the first few eps. It was very much about the friendship between the two lead guys. But then that got buried and I started losing interest.
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 26th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
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Seriously, what you said. Bradley Whitford and Matt Perry have seriously good actor chemistry--one scene together, and I completely bought them as best buds for years. Best scenes continue to be the ones with just those two.

Poor Studio 60--you could have been great.
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From:ladybrick
Date:March 26th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
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I know. But then they both got hung up on women. Bah. Women. They ruin everything :p
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From:jd3000
Date:March 26th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
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I was really excited about seeing a preview for this on TV, but only because I noticed Adam Sandler's appearance and actually thought it was a Bob Dylan biopic.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 26th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
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ROTFLOL!

Well, given Sandler's hairdo and general look, I can see how you made that mistake.

(Sandler as Dylan...think that would work?)
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From:jd3000
Date:March 26th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
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I don't think we've seen the limits of his potential, which has been wasted far too often. If he went for it, I think he'd do a great job.

-JD
From:dafne99
Date:March 26th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I keep thinking he looks like Dylan, too. I can't wait to see Cate Blanchett as Dylan.
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From:jd3000
Date:March 26th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Cate Blanchett is playing Bob Dylan.

Whoooaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 26th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
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O_o
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From:jd3000
Date:March 26th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Wait no more!



-JD
From:dafne99
Date:March 27th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
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Bah. I'm not thrilled with the picture. When does the movie come out?
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From:jd3000
Date:March 27th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
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I think it's pretty keen, the whole thing's going to be experimental anyway. This summer.

-JD

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