In Reign Over Me, which comes out March 23rd, Adam Sandler tries his hand at a heartwarming dramatic role playing Charlie Fineman, whose wife and children die in the World Trade Center attacks. He leaves his dental practice and becomes reclusive, until an old college buddy (Don Cheadle) shows up and helps Charlie rejoin the land of the living. Awww.
The trailer looks a little precious, but I am heartened by this Reuters story, which claims that Reign Over Me shows "sensitivity without over-reverence, tacitly acknowledging a nation's (and a city's) trauma without ever suggesting that its character is somehow a stand-in."
I'll see this because I adore Don Cheadle, and also because I'm curious to watch Sandler do drama — without the Punch Drunk Love quirkiness. Check out the trailer and tell me what you think when you
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