Reign Over Me

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Reign Over Me is a 2007 comedy-drama film about a man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City who runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

Directed and written by Mike Binder.
Let in the unexpected.(taglines)

Charlie Fineman[edit]

  • You're a good husband Alan. You remind me of me.
  • [picking up a vinyl record] Ahh Graham Nash — Songs For Beginners. Just... just the album cover alone, look at that face, he knows he made a great record.
  • Oh, bullshit! You stink like a shrink. You got shrink hands. You ordered your salad like a shrink.
  • Nobody has a right to look that good. She's just trouble for everybody.
  • I don't need to talk about her or look at pictures... 'cause the truth is, a lot of times, I see her... on the street. I walk down the street, I see her in someone else's face... clearer than any of the pictures you carry with you. I get that you're in pain, but you got each other. You got each other! And I'm the one who's gotta see her and the girls all the time. Everywhere I go! I even see the dog. That's how fucked up I still am! I look at a German shepherd, I see our goddamn poodle. All right... All right...
  • I have no one. At least you two have each other. [Charlie kisses Ginger Timplemen, his mother-in-law, on her cheek and walks away]

Alan Johnson[edit]

  • Better bring out the big guns on this one. She's crazy with a side of crazy!
  • I was stuck in Charlie's World, I couldn't leave


Charlie Fineman: Can he go out? Is he allowed out?
Alan Johnson: Don't do that, dont ask my wife permisson for me to go out.
Charlie Fineman: Alright, you're right. Can you go out?
[Alan looks at Janeane]

Charlie Fineman: Are you a faggot?.
Alan Johnson: Don't say faggot, you just don't call people faggot that's rude.
Charlie Fineman: To a gay guy it is, to you it's just a funny word like poundcake or pickle... You really need some Mel.
Charlie Fineman: [ordering tickets] Take one adult and one faggot.

Charlie Fineman: [Charlie looks at Alan] I had three daughters.
Alan Johnson: [surprised] I... I know.
Charlie Fineman: Geena was five. Jenny was seven, she, uh... she liked boys already. Julie was 9. She was... she was older. They all looked alike, Johnson. Like Doreen. Doreen was my wife. DT. That was her nickname. Doreen Timpleman. She had a dog, Spider. Spider... the poodle. They'd wake me up all the time, Saturday mornings, you know, singing Beatles songs to me in harmony, the four of them... so cute, so cute. Doreen never judged me... never nagged like some wives do. Wanted me to take my shoes off so I didn't wreck the carpet. That's it. Doreen and the girls were VERY female. I... I... I was the oddball, you know. Mr. Man. They adored me, Johnson...
Alan Johnson: I bet they did... I know they did, Charlie.
Charlie Fineman: With the long brown hair... except little Geena. She kept the hair short... to be different from everybody... she, um, she had a birthmark, though. Looked like a burn... but it wasn't. She always said it was gonna go away, but it... it never did. Jenny, Jenny, this one... she wanted to be a gymnast. She was such a klutz, though. I didn't have the heart to mention it as a problem. They, uh, went to see Doreen's sister Ellen and her girls in Boston, and they took Spider, because... I had to work and they didn't trust me to feed her, but that was a joke. We were all going to DT's little cousin's wedding in Los Angeles, and I was gonna meet them out there... The kids wanted to go to Disneyland, but they... they uh, were already gonna miss a couple days of school, so we had to say no. You know. So I'm going out to meet them in Los Angeles, and on the way to JFK, I'm in a taxicab and I hear on the radio... [slowly starts to cry]
Charlie Fineman: I get there and the man tells me the plane's from Boston... another man tells me there's two planes.[sobs]
Charlie Fineman: Then I go inside the airport and I'm watching. I'm watching on the television... and I... and I... I... I saw it. I saw it and I felt it at the same time. I thought about Geena's birthmark, and I... I felt them burning...

[Charlie is meeting Angela for the first time. Angela goes off to get a cup of coffee]
Charlie Fineman: Are you kidding me? She's a baby.
Alan Johnson: Listen, you're right, she's young. But, she-she's good. She's got a lot of experience with loss and grief counseling. Just...
Charlie Fineman: She's got nice tits, that's not good.
Alan Johnson: Since when?
Charlie Fineman: [pause] Good point.
Alan Johnson: Look, we'll just do the meet-and-greet, and see if you like her, and if you do, we'll just - we'll go from there.
Charlie Fineman: Am I wrong about her tits, though?
Alan Johnson: No, you're right. They're wonderful.
Angela Oakhurst: So what are you guys talking about? What's so wonderful? [silence from Charlie and Alan]


  • Let in the unexpected.
  • In a city of millions, finding one can change your whole life.
  • Live every day like it's the best day of your life.


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