Wednesday, April 4, 2007



Adam Sandler: Charlie Fineman
Don Cheadle: Dr. Alan Johnson, a successful cosmetic dentist in New York City
Jada Pinkett Smith: his wife Janeane
Liv Tyler: Alan’s psychiatrist friend, Dr. Angela Oakhurst
Saffron Burrows: Donna, one of Alan's patients
Paula Newsome: Melanie, receptionist at the dental clinic
Donald Sutherland: Judge Raines

This is a mixed bag; it’s good, but could have been better.

The acting is first-rate, the story is one of some interest and it touches you emotionally.

But it is too long (no need to see Charlie playing the same video game time and time again for example) and requires some serious suspension of belief (the whole Donna-thing).

for language and some sexual references.

Alan meets Charlie in a bar and orders a beer that naturally comes full. He speaks with Charlie for a minute or so then turns to take his first swig. Trouble is, the level of beer now is down below the neck of the bottle…must’ve been the bartender that done it!

I held off going to see the movie when I saw that Adam Sandler was in it: he’s on my “no-see” list because I no longer am interested in seeing any more of his infantile, silly, child-like performances as a comedian. But this time he plays a more serious role and does a fine job. I have had to re-evaluate my assessment of him.

The movie title comes from the song title seen on the display of Charlie’s iPod called “Love, Reign O’er Me”.

Not only does he write and direct it, Mike Binder plays the part of Charlie’s financial advisor. Now that’s really getting into it.

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