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Reign Over Me

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks claim the lives of Charlie Fineman's (Adam Sandler) wife and children, the heart-broken man locks himself into a hermit-like existence. When Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle), his former collage roommate, discovers Charlie's condition, he takes it upon himself to help his grieving friend come to terms with his loss. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Theater Release: 22 Mar 2007
Video Release: 08 Oct 2007
MPAA Rating: R
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Why Is Reign Over Me Rated R?


This is a mature drama (rated Restricted in the United States) about a man who is warring with severe posttraumatic stress after his wife and children are killed in a plane crash on 9/11. The script includes frank discussions about sexual topics (no overt sexual activity is seen), including anatomical and crude references to sex, as well as multiple uses of the sexual expletive and other profanities along with a derrogatory term referencing homosexuals which is used repeatedly. Violence involves a character prone to fits of rage (expressed through name-calling, pushing and shoving, and destruction of property) and contemplation of suicide with a gun. Frequent social drinking is depicted and a character turns to alcohol to drown his grief.

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