Parents' Guide to

Reign Over Me

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Grief-stricken Adam Sandler deals with 9/11.

Movie R 2007 128 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

great for discussion when watched with an adult

good example of Christlike love

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
1 person found this helpful.
age 16+
Great movie, even though there is the swearing you don't tend to notice it as much when your paying attention to the grieving messed up guy. Excellent show, I have recommended it to others. Not a comedy... Adam Sandler does the swearing in the movie, but that should be a given.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (4):

A disjointed meditation on loss, Mike Binder's film lines up a whole series of victims. 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). Her "female" response to her own traumatic loss isn't edifying or sympathetic. Instead, Donna is driven into hypersexual stalker-spasms (she repeatedly offers Alan oral sex in his office). Her aggressiveness scares Alan and intrigues Charlie, who is mostly lost in an adolescent fixation on her breasts -- at least until she becomes his means to redemption.

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