I just recently watched Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. It’s amazing how far Sandler has come since Billy Madison. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Billy Madison fan, often accused of mimicking him when I make my sarcastic mocking voice. I mean “flaming bags of poop” is a line that will live on in movie lore for ages, but Sandler continues to expand his acting range as many comedians do. This movie in particular brings such depth and thought. It’s real and authentic. The dichotomy between Sandler’s struggles from the loss of his family and Cheadle’s struggles from the seeming monotony of it all. He has everything, Sandler has lost it all, yet both are deeply struggling. Sandler’s character seemingly has all the freedom that Cheadle desires, but it is not all that it seems. Sandler has all but lost the ability to care and remember his family. Cheadle feels trapped by his work and by his family. So together they struggle through their pain and their chains. Anyway, I’m not a movie reviewer but I do appreciate a good movie where men are challenged in what it means to be a man. I don’t want to give up the ending, but this movie is so worth the watch. Someday I’ll take a group of men through this movie and we’ll dig in. A little warning, a lot of f-bombs, but overall a great great movie.
Adam Sandler, Reign Over Me vs. Billy Madison