Considering that Adam Sandler has more or less turned himself into a punchline with his succession of depressingly repetitive, lowest common-denominator raunch comedies, it's somewhat nice that he does occasionally branch into more serious work, though with, it has to be said, pretty shaky results. In Reign Over Me he takes on that familiar trope of grim introvert who just needs to be loved. The film is way too long at 2+ hours, the emotional and tonal balance is completely out of whack, and like most Sandler movies, logic and common sense are thrown out completely to provide an utter treacle fest of an ending. I did like some aspects of it. Don Cheadle is great as always, and Sandler really does show an adeptness at begrudgingly expressing internal emotional, even if his shouting voice is identical in every film he's in. It jumps back and forth between glib whimsy and maudlin tragedy so jarringly and so often that it fails to develop or sustain any kind of investment. The levity is especially weak, and very few laughs are available to ward off the sense of weariness and boredom that begin to rapidly pervade the story. Aside from some decent acting, a few good scenes and a nice soundtrack, this is not one I can honestly recommend.