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Reign Over Me

A Movie Reel

Reign Over Me: 6 out of 10.

My favourite part of Reign Over Me is the music.  Charlie Fineman escapes into his iPod and many of the tunes he plays are used as background music.  Some of the best belong to Bruce Springsteen and The Who.

The Who's "Love, Reign o'er Me" gave this film its name and acts as the climatic yell.  The Who's original version plays near the end and Pearl Jam's wicked cover plays at the conclusion.  Damn Eddie kills on this tune.

And speaking of musicians, Adam Sandler looks an awful lot like Bob Dylan in this movie.  It's freaky.

The movie itself is promise unfulfilled.  It's uneven and convenient at times, even though there's a good film buried in there somewhere.  I wanted Reign Over Me to be better than it was.  I wanted it to be as good as its soundtrack.

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