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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

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tom heald

I hated hated hated hated "Reign Over Me."

Here's how I reviewed it in my print column (alongside the just as crappy "Martian Child" and the much better "The Lookout."
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What society knows of autism is from Dustin Hoffman's performance in "Rain Man." While advocates praise the flick for shining the spotlight on the brain development disorder, some wish the film had been a more accurate portrait of its subject's mental illness.
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"Reign Over Me" misses the mark. It's Adam Sandler's first attempt to be taken seriously since "Punch Drunk Love." And as with the similar male bonding story of "Martian Child," he's playing a widower who lost his wife, daughter, and mind when the planes hit the World Trade Center.

Don Cheadle barely recognizes him as street vagrant, and longs for the days before was saddled with corporate and marital pressures. While he wishes he could spend all night just like his pal searching record shops and punk clubs for the excitement that lives in the beat of rock 'n' roll, as a victim of post traumatic stress disorder, Sandler's inlaws think he needs help instead of an enabler. Like "Martian Child," the film romanticizes its subject matter, delivering the wrong ending for its anti-hero, whose violent bipolarity is mistaken for wackiness.

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