|Title:||Reign Over Me|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- The Upside of Anger
|03.14.07||Paramount||This Screening is part of event: South by Southwest 2007|
A dentist sees his old college roomate on the streets of NYC and gradually re-befriends him again to find out that he's been shattered by grief after his wife and kids (and dog) were killed on 9/11. Don Cheadle plays the dentist and Adam Sandler plays the crazy person. The performances are good. I feel like the movie's on the verge of being good but it never quite gets there all the way. I actually think I'd like it more if it wasn't attached to 9/11. I guess the point is that it takes people a long time to get over their grief and the news cycle of today is much shorter than that, but wouldn't that point be made even more effectively if they just died and it wasn't part of some huge national tragedy? I dunno... whatever. Ultimately, I liked all the lighter friendly scenes between the two guys but the emotional stuff stretched my enjoyment factor. Maybe I'm just a cold-hearted son of a bitch, who knows.
So, Binder, Cheadle, and Sandler were here for a Q&A. I think the most enjoyable aspect of the screening was this woman sitting a few rows up from me. She was waaaaay into it, laughing too hard for too long at too little, emoting in little sounds like "woooo!" or "eeeee" and kinda almost talking to the screen several times during the movie. When the lights went up she raced to the front row and had her hand up immediately, butDentler kept looking further back in the theater for questions until Cheadle actually said to her "you're next" and Binder flagged Dentler's attention to point her out. Finally, she started talking and gushing all over Sandler which he gave small polite replies to until someone behind me finally yelled out "Don, you're good too" and the whole theater clapped. Then she continued with a question that "that guy," asking Cheadle if he weas on Saturday Night Live. He answered "no, that was Tim Meadows" and the entire theater laughed. Crazy.
Unfortunately, it started late and went long so we didn't get out until after midnight which means I won't get to see Black Sheep. Oh well.