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Let me start off by saying thanks for all the emails. Some of you have found me on MySpace at www.myspace.com/adidasgirlno1 and read up on me a little more. Great! I want you all to feel comfortable with me, and feel like you know me.

I have received several questions along the same line. So let me group them together. I received this first question from several readers, so I'll answer it first. Before I do though, I want to say that these readers took a big step by letting me put their first name and area where they live. So, hooray for you!

Kim in Forest Park, Lisa in Hyde Park and Toni in Mt. Airy asked: “How do you know you’re gay?” and “How do I know if I’m gay or not?”

Let me tackle the first question.
I get a lot of people that say, "You just haven’t met the right guy yet!"
If I had a nickel for every time I have heard this, well, let’s just say I would be living very a comfortable lifestyle! "Finding the right guy" isn't a blanket solution.

Let me ask our non-gay readers a question or two. “How do you know you’re straight?” Easy question, right? You just know! Then, there's the, “If you haven’t been with a same sex partner, how are you so sure?” You just know. I know I’m gay just like you know what orientation you are. It really is that simple.

You don’t have to be with a same sex partner to figure it out. I’m willing to bet that you know and don’t feel you have to define yourself. Everything should come in a natural, not obligatory, way.

The second question is kind of the same question. I’ll just elaborate from above. How can you tell if I have tendencies to be gay? If you haven’t had thoughts about it, then I think it is safe to say you’re not. Although, some people keep it deep inside until their 30s, 40s or even older.

In my opinion, try to come face-to-face with this issue as young as you can. That way, less lives are interrupted. Some women and men get married thinking that the feelings will go away if they love their partner enough. Most likely, it will get to you sooner or later and you will not be able to live like that any more. I think it is harder to come out the older you are. That’s the conclusion I got from the survey I purposed to my friends.

If you want to be included in these surveys, let me know and I’ll put you on the list. It will be about many subjects. You can even suggest a question if you like.

Keep the e-mails coming to ggunckle@cincychic.com! I love hearing from you.

 

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"Blades of Glory"               
Will Ferrell, John Heder, Amie Poehler, Jenna Fischer, Craig T. Nelson, Will Arnett, Scott Hamilton

If you don’t watch TV or you don’t have a funny bone then you may not have heard of Will Ferrell’s newest comedy called, Blades of Glory. Will Ferrell teams up with John Heder to create another comedy spectacle masterly implemented by directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck.

Even the characters names are funny. Will Ferrell plays ice skater Chazz Michael Michaels. A mildly talented skater whose testosterone showmanship on the ice makes him  a popular skating figure in a world where grace, poise, precision and athleticism matters. He’s a loud, egocentric self-admitted sex addict on the ice as well as off. “It’s a real disease!” He tells Nancy Karrigen after he tries to hit on her at his hearing of the National Skaters Federation. What makes it even more hysterical is Chazz’ flat out ignorance of protocol and remorse in front of the board’s greats; real life skaters, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill.

Pairing the comic talent of John Heder (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) as Ferrell’s foil on ice is brilliant. Heder plays Jimmy MacElroy, who is the epitome of finesse and innocence that plays so well against Ferrell’s slovenly behavior. Both have been banned from skating in the single men’s competition. A loophole is discovered that would allow both men to skate again; with one hitch. They would have to skate together as a couple in the couples division. That concept alone and the trailers showing some of the scenes with the two of them performing are priceless.

Jenna Fischer and real life married couple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett play siblings. Fischer is the normal one of the Van Walberg family and Poehler and Arnett are the brother sister team who play the competitive nemesis to Ferrell and Heder. Cameos from real life athletes  John McEnroe and Sasha Cohen just add more credibility to the frivolity that ensues.

Add to that an ensemble cast of characters who play their parts straight in a circus of idiotic silliness and you have a movie that earns its title as Blades of Glory because this movie is gloriously funny. 

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041607SL.jpgCincy Chic: When did you first get into music?
Spears:
My first musical experience was on the piano. My dad used to show me little things on my great grandmother's piano when we visited her. I always looked forward to going to her house because she had a piano and she was really funny. I started taking lessons around first grade and then my parents bought me a piano after they realized I was pretty good at it.

It was the best birthday. A truck pulled up to our house with a selection of pianos and I got to pick which one I wanted. I out-learned my teacher and stopped taking lessons, until we found another teacher who helped teach me modern sheet music that I liked from the radio.

Cincy Chic: When did you start singing?
Spears:
I first started singing in church and the school choir. Other than that, I was really shy. I always felt a special connection with the choir teachers at school. One teacher really got to know me and volunteered me for a lead part. After the feeling I got when I sang by myself in front of an audience, I had no problem trying out for leads and hungered for the parts. Later, during my 6th grade year, I played for the high school band.

When I got to the 8th grade, I was given a lead roll in a high school's play. I continued to sing at school in every musical aspect. Then, I started singing at local fairs and festivals with music tracks behind me.

My first demo was recorded with those same tracks using equipment at the church we were attending at the time. My grandfather was there with me, as he and my grandmother were the first to buy me the tapes to sing along with.

Cincy Chic: As a talented singer and pianist, when did you become interested in playing the guitar?
Spears:
I picked up a guitar when I was 15 after watching a documentary on Melissa Etheridge on the Lifetime Channel (we did not have MTV or VH1). She inspired me to want to sing and play the guitar and write my own songs. My mother bought me my first guitar out of the classifieds for about $25. It was a classical acoustic guitar.

After she realized I really wanted to learn, was learning quickly and teaching myself how to play, she ordered me a $300 acoustic guitar from Fingerhut Magazine. I still have it today; I named it “Harmony.”

Cincy Chic: Where do you get the inspiration for the songs you write?
Spears:
When I first got my guitar, I began writing songs about things I went through, such as love. I still write about love or love lost. Hopefully, I’ll have a different experience soon, but maybe it is my fate to write songs that help people in their relationships. Who knows, right? This led me to play the guitar and sing at the Fair instead of using the music tracks. One of the neighborhood boys got tragically and mysteriously killed. I wrote a song about him and was requested to play it in ceremonies surrounding his death.

Cincy Chic: When did you first decide to join a band instead of just writing songs by yourself?
Spears:
After the funeral of my neighborhood friend, I met a few guys from a local band who were friends with him, as well. Through our conversation, we found out that we were all playing at the same fair. They asked if I would like to try out and play a few shows with them, including the fair. I did, and we clicked instantly.041607SOCIAL.jpg

They became my second family. After the shows they had promised me, they decided to keep me on full-time. This was until another band saw me at a larger performance and stole me from them. It was the hardest decision I had to make up until that point in my life, because they had become a huge part of me life. I went with the new band and starting playing more and making more money.

Cincy Chic: Besides playing at festivals and fairs, what other musical endeavors did you take part in?
Spears:
One day, during my junior year of high school, as I always listened to the radio while getting ready for school, I heard the morning DJ announce a jingle contest. I immediately ran upstairs to my karaoke machine and started recording an idea I had, including the harmonies and guitar music. My dad yelled that we were going to be late for school. I packaged up the cassette and had my dad mail it out that morning.

After the long stretch of the contest, and having people call in to vote for my selection, which they called "The Harmony Jingle," I won. This led me to go to the studio and re-record the jingle on a more professional level and landed me a spot on their morning show, so they could introduce it. One of the jocks at the studio was familiar with my music teacher and found out how much music consumed my life. He offered me an internship.

This intensified my anticipation for the summer. By the time summer rolled around, a new band had snatched me up and the radio station booked us for their huge Chicken Wing Cookoff Celebration at one of the malls. Before that happened, we had another large concert at a different mall with The Spin Doctors, an artist named Janna and Blessid Union of Souls. All of the interns had to pick a band to help out for the day. I picked Blessid Union. This meant I had to transport them back and forth to their hotel and get them anything they needed… and hang out on their bus in the meantime. When I met their lead singer, Eliot, we had an immediate connection for some reason.

When he found out I sang, played guitar and wrote music he excitedly gave me his contact information. The radio station allowed me to make him a demo at the station. After a few months, Eliot started flying and bussing me around via Greyhounds, to a whole new world… Cincinnati, OH. For being such a small-town girl, this was a big deal to me.

Cincy Chic: When did you decide to permanently move to Cincinnati?
Spears:
Even before the trips to record in Cincy, I had always known that to pursue my music I would move away from everything I knew growing up. Up until that point, I just hadn't figured out where or when.

After high school, Eliot helped me – that small town, naive, young girl – to the big city of downtown Cincinnati. I had no car, no job and no friends. But, I was extremely excited and determined to make my way.

Cincy Chic: After graduating from high school and moving to Cincinnati, did you make time for college?
Spears:
When I first moved to Cincy, the timing was a little off for recording purposes, since Blessid was in full touring mode from their "Walking of the Buzz" album which featured the song "She Likes Me for Me." This led me to go to college.

041607SL2.jpgI went to AEC Southern Ohio College (now, called Brown Mackie College) for audio and video production. There, I learned more about the technical side of recording and also video. I accomplished summa cum laude and Student of the Year. As I had worked with Eliot in spurts and a controlling boyfriend warded me away from working with a male, I soon moved back home to regroup and write.

Cincy Chic: Did moving back home end up working out for the best?
Spears:
Many great songs and adventures came out of moving back home. There, I signed with a record label and Eliot began driving to Morgantown to work with us. After a while, he intrigued Blessid's old producer to work with us instead, and a friend of mine offered to let me move in with her rent-free, back in Cincy, until I got on my feet.

So, I left the label, quit my day job and moved back to Cincinnati to continue pursuing my dream. My friend ended up moving as soon as I got there and left me homeless with no income. The producer ended up having too many projects going on.

So, there I was again. I left everything I had behind and had nothing, but I was determined to keep going and reaching for my goal. I got some monetary help to pay for a deposit and first month's rent in my own place. I got a job and started lining up gigs and letting people know I was back in town. We started recording. Life was great. Well, except for me not fitting into the “day job” mold.

After praying about it and really weighing my options (even though I was pretty partial to one side of it), I decided to quit my day job, again, and just play music. I began really booking and doing all the business side of it myself. I started putting a band together (which has evolved with new players) and continued recording with Eliot.

Cincy Chic: What is your life like currently?
Spears:
Today, I still perform for a living. I book many solo shows in bars, restaurants, theaters, colleges, festivals, churches and we just began performing as the “Holly Spears Band,” which I am extremely excited about!

All of our shows and new Holly Spears tunes are posted on www.myspace.com/hollyspears and my Webmaster updates www.hollyspears.com as often as she can. We are currently weighing our options for finishing the album and looking for the right record label and management. I'm just waiting to see where the next domino falls. So, stay tuned and ride out this musical adventure with me.

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Latitudes Cafe's "She Jams" spring concert series is a series of 12 concerts showcasing notable female recording artists from Greater Cincinnati such as singer/songwriter Holly Spears, 2006 Cincinnati Blues Challenge Winner II Juicy, roots rocker Tracy Walker and other top-notch female performers from this area.

This series began on March 25 and will continue until April 26. The series takes place on Wednesdays at the Latitudes Anderson location and Thursdays at the Latitudes Milford location. At both locations, everything gets kicked off at 8:00pm. There is no cover charge and off street parking is available at both locations. Here's the remaining schedule:

LATITUDES ANDERSON
7426 Beechmont Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255
(513) 233-9888

April 18th
Cheryl Renee
A dynamic and extremely popular bandleader, keyboardist, song stylist and "Goddess of the blues" was born and reared in Cincinnati. She hit the road with local R&B group "Mad Dog Fire Department" in the early 1970s. Back in Cincy after 30 years, she teamed with local group "Them Bones" and landed a top 10 spot at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, 2005.

April 25th
II Juicy
Cincinnati’s 2006 Blue Challenge Winner! If that doesn't say it all, come see for yourself why Michelle Feaster, aka II Juicy, has taken Cincinnati's Blues scene by sudden force.

LATITUDES MILFORD
18 Main Street
Milford, Ohio 45150
(513) 831-9888

April 19th
Kinsey Rose
After moving to Cincinnati, Kinsey began writing with Jeff Pence, of Blessed Union of Souls, and has a song cut on the Cincinnati Clutch Hits, which is sold at the Great American Ballpark. She sang the Star Spangled Banner for the Reds last summer and has a song on Jungle Jams, a Cincinnati Bengals-endorsed album. She is now finding her true country roots and continuing to write and perform as she sings her way to Nashville.

April 26th
Tracy Walker
Tracy Walker plays extensively in the Greater Cincinnati area and has appeared on stages in Tucson, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Indianapolis and many other cities across the country. She is playing dates around the country to support the release of her "All This Time" album. Find out why Tracy has developed a well-deserved reputation as a fierce solo performer.

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Q: I think your topic should cover why men are so forgetful about things their women want them to do. How can we get the message through nicely but effectively?

– Ann, Harrison

A: You know, it’s funny. I had totally planned on answering this question about a week ago. Yet, ironically, I forgot.

I don’t really think it’s fair that guys get labeled as “the forgetful ones.” Birthdays, anniversaries, your mom’s birthday… Over the years, we’ve kind of garnered a bum rap for forgetting important things like that. Or even little things, like putting the cap back on the toothpaste, leaving the toilet seat up or noticing your cat in the driveway. We can’t help it we’re easily distracted beings (Ever see Nicholas Cage in "The Weatherman?" You’ll see what I mean.)

A while back, I thought it’d be a good idea to start using a Smartphone, a mobile electronic “secretary” capable of reminding us of all the things we usually forget. Being a gadget freak, I figured I’d use it all the time. And for the most part, I do. Phone numbers, calendars, to do lists – it all goes into the Smartphone. It’s rather brilliant, actually. Until I forget my phone. Then I’m totally screwed. I mean, how many of us actually call someone by remembering their phone number? If I don’t have my phone with me, to look up someone’s digits by name, I’m pretty much incommunicado until I can look up their info on my phone, or my computer.

But I digress. Is this really a guy thing, per se? Personally, I think women are just as forgetful as men. It’s just that women are much more vengeful and vocal about our mistakes than we are about theirs. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole thing started with a scorned woman (throughout history, isn’t that how a lot of things got started?) whose man forgot something, and got the ball rolling. No matter how horrible of a day he had, a guy simply can not win if he forgets something important. Especially a birthday or anniversary. If he does, it’s off to the couch he goes to sleep that night.

But in today’s fast-paced, mochacchino-driven, ADD-riddled world, where every second counts, I’m surprised everyone isn’t more forgetful. In fact, I’d almost encourage it. Life without IM, cell phones, MySpace and OnStar? Are you kidding me? Could anyone survive more than a day? We’re too busy, too accessible and innundated with so much meaningless crap every single day, it’s not too hard to see how we can be so forgetful, men and women alike.

So cut your guy some slack. Chances are, like the rest of us, he’s got a lot on his plate, and didn’t mean any harm in forgetting whatever the heck it was he forgot. Of course, there is that small chance that he actually is a huge jerk, in which case you should delete all of his contact information from your Smartphone immediately.

In short, try dropping subtle hints well ahead of time, if you want to remind someone of a special date, or something that “needs” to be done. Be nice. It’s that whole “catch more flies with honey than vinegar” thing. Although, I have no idea what you’d wanna do with all of those flies. They’re nasty little pests, and can carry disease. Now, what were we talking about again?

Have a Question for Pete? Send him an e-mail at pscalia@cincychic.com.

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1. A man who sulks. While boyish aspects are refreshing at times, it is important to remember pouting of any sort is the thin veneer of a scared, sad little child with possible mother issues. This, in turn, often leaves you – the fabulous and beautiful love of his life – to become his mother figure, ironing socks and starching his underwear. If that's not your style, it's highly suggested that you terminate the relationship. He may whine and attempt to put a guilt trip on you, but hold your ground! There is no possible hope of molding a child-in-a-grown-man's-body into decent husband material.

2. A man with unforgettable charisma. Although we all loved the charming aspects of Peter Pan as a child, keep in mind that in the end, both Wendy and Tinkerbell were left with a witty, yet hopelessly egotistical male, that relied purely on his charm, talent and good looks to get by. While a charming man’s intentions may be good, he has become that unreachable and charismatic for a reason. This man is often put on a pedestal by women, simply because he seems unattainable due to the ever-revolving female posse at his disposal. The operative word here is "disposal," which is exactly what women are to this man. While he may be entertaining and make you laugh, keep Peter Pan at arms length. Or a few arms just to be safe.

3. An Alcoholic. I, myself, have enjoyed a few too many drinks in one sitting. A night out with the ladies or boyfriend can often become a pleasantly memorable evening. Unfortunately, people, or men in this case, are not always what they seem. Ladies, it is important to keep your eyes open wide for several red flags:

  • Does one eye get increasingly smaller as the night progresses? This is a telltale sign of either a drunk or an alcohol induced lazy eye… either way, you don't want to enter those traits in your family's gene pool.
  • Does he have that alcohol-coming-out-of-his-pores smell? Warning ladies, that scent is called "Eau de Run Away Quickly!"
  • After a few drinks, does he suddenly feel he embodies all the physical qualities of a UFC fighter? This usually means he is a fighting drunk. Not good for you or anyone else in that bar. If you don't want to spend the rest of your weekends breaking up fights and nursing wounds, exit the relationship pronto.


4. The jealous man. There is not a woman alive that wants to be seen as unattractive or undesirable by her significant other. Unfortunately, there can be a fine line between healthy adoration and unhealthy possessiveness. If he is constantly calling you on girls night, pestering your friends about the details of events at which he was not present or expecting to know your every move when you're not together, it is time to cut him loose. Trust does take time to build and grow, but excessive jealously usually is a result of one of two things: 1) insecurity or 2) him, knowing he's inclined to misbehave when he is out on the town without you, figuring you're doing the same.

5. The demeaning man. Not all of us are capable of bringing a crowd to tears of laughter like Woody Allen, yet it is important for a relationship to take joy in the other person. Nobody wants to be with someone with the personality of a bathroom tile. Life and relationships are hard, and humor helps make it through the trying times. If a boyfriend acts like your jokes or witty perspective on life is his cross to bear, then you may be on a sinking ship. Never allow anyone to undermine your intelligence or your sense of humor. These are qualities that will carry you through life. If he thinks you are lacking in that department, then promptly open the front door and announce that he is more than welcome to find someone he feels is more entertaining.
 

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Cincy Chic: Are you a Cincinnati native?
Morri McDowell: I am originally from Maysville, Kentucky. I attended college at Morehead State University then moved to Cincinnati upon graduation in 2002.

Cincy Chic: How did you get started with Zipscene?
McDowell: I was first introduced to Zipscene as marketing director of the Exchange nightclub. I was shown how I could use Zipscene to promote all of our events at the club. Immediately, I saw the benefits of utilizing the services the Web site provided to entertainment venues, as well as consumers.

Sameer Mungur, one of the founders, would often come into the club and we would discuss Zipscene. He would ask for my feedback and suggestions. I saw so much potential with Zipscene that I approached Sameer with the idea of working for the company. A couple months later, in March of '06, they called and ask me to join the team! Today, I am Zipscene's Marketing and Sales Manager.


Cincy Chic: Did you think it was going to be as successful as it is today?
McDowell: Yes. From using the product as a client, I realized how the site could easily benefit venues as well as consumers.

As a venue, you can access your own Zipscene business account where you can create/edit your business profile, post events, post photo albums, create special offers and invite customers. Venues gain exposure to thousands of consumers by simply being listed on the site and through the weekly email we send out on Wednesdays.

As a consumer, you can become a Zipscene member for free! Members receive a membership card in the mail that entitles them to hundreds of discounts and special offers at venues all over the city. You can also customize your own calendar and weekly email with events from your favorite venues. A popular feature of Zipscene is the social networking tools. You can invite friends, post pictures, send messages and forward cool events and venues to your friends. You can basically plan your entire social calendar from Zipscene!

Cincy Chic: What’s the best thing about your job?
McDowell: I love my job! I get to meet tons of interesting people at the different venues I work with, as well as the many events I attend.

I look forward to going to work each day and that is in large part due to the people I work with. We are very small at the moment, but have a brilliant group of designers and developers. I am always blown away at what the team is able to accomplish in such a small amount of time.

Cincy Chic: What do you have to say about the power of networking and online information?
McDowell: The power of social networking is limitless. The Internet connects millions of people each day.

It is convenient for people to use the Internet to find entertainment information because most people are in front of a computer at some point in the day. The technology savvy demographic turn to the Internet on a daily basis, making print and other traditional forms of media less popular.

Cincy Chic: What would you say to other women wanting to be more connected in Cincy?
McDowell: First and foremost, I would say to check out www.zipscene.com! Every event and venue in the city are all right there in one Web site!

Secondly, I would say to not be afraid to break out of the mold and try something new. There are so many great events in this city that people don’t even know about or take advantage of. This is the whole purpose for Zipscene’s creation. People in Cincinnati like to complain about how there is nothing to do, when actually there are tons of great events. Whether you enjoy the arts, theatre, sports, live music, YP events, etc., Cincinnati has something to offer for everyone.

Cincy Chic: What’s on Zipscene’s horizon?
McDowell: Our main focus is to continue to shed light on all of the great events in Cincinnati while also increasing awareness for the Web site.

Cincy Chic: What about you… what do you do in your spare time?
McDowell: I am very fortunate to get to go to so many great events, they keep me very busy! When I am not busy with Zipscene, I am normally spending time with my dog, Willie. He is a 120 lb. Golden Retriever and requires much of my attention. We love to go to the park, to dog parks, hiking, etc.

Much of my spare time is also spent hanging out with my twin sister, Lorri, and my great group of girlfriends. I am very blessed to have such great people in my life!

My family is also a huge part of my life. My hometown is just an hour away so I often find time to go home and spend some quality time with the fam! I also love to spend time with my boyfriend. We love doing dinner and a movie and watching American Idol together.

Cincy Chic: What’s a little known fact about yourself?
McDowell: As I mentioned, I have a twin sister. A little known fact about me is that my mother didn’t even know she was having twins until she was in the delivery room. As the younger twin, I was the surprise! The story goes that my Dad almost passed out when he heard the news.

Cincy Chic: What’s your scene of choice? (favorite bar, venue, park, home, etc.)
McDowell: The answer to this question for me is: ALL OF THE ABOVE! My favorite bars are: Mt. Adams Pavilion, all of the spots at Newport on the Levee, McFaddens, the Stand plus many more. I am always up for trying new places!

My favorite parks are Ault Park and Eden Park. I also love to take my dog to the many dog parks in the city. With that said, I thoroughly enjoy just hanging at home. The nights that I don’t have something going on, I try to relax as much as possible.

Cincy Chic: What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far?
McDowell: Getting a full academic scholarship to college. I feel very fortunate not to have tons of college loans to pay back.

Cincy Chic: Who is your biggest inspiration?
McDowell: Definitely my Mom and Dad. They are the hardest working people I know. My Mom has two full time jobs. Along with being a first grade teacher, she and my aunt also started their own successful company. It is called McDowell Farms Salsa. They hand-make the freshest salsa around. It’s made from Kentucky-grown produce. If you like salsa, you should try theirs! Sorry, shameless plug here: you can pick it up at Rempke Markets and The Party Source or you can check out their Web site at www.mcdowellfarmssalsa.com.

My Dad is a retired high school principal. However, he didn’t stay retired long. He works as a teacher at Live Oaks and also has over 300 acres of land in Germantown, Kentucky that he farms.

My parents have always been extremely supportive of my decisions. One of the most important things they have taught me is the value of hard work!

Cincy Chic: Any other words for Cincinnati women?
McDowell: Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone. This city has a lot to offer; we should all take advantage of it!

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"Reign Over Me"
Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows

"Reign Over Me" is a film that truly gives you a sense of one man’s unrelenting grief after loosing his wife and daughters in the events of 9/11. Adam Sandler plays Charlie Fineman, a widower in New York City who is frozen in a vacuum of time. Charlie literally loses himself when his family dies in the 9/11 attacks.

Compensation payouts to the surviving family members allow Charlie to exist in a self imposed insular world all his own. He is not a street monger, yet he certainly could be mistaken for one. He does not engage in conversation with other people. He refuses to accept any commiseration or comfort from his in-laws who are likewise devastated by the loss of their daughter and granddaughters.

This movie is a drama. It would be a stretch to even call this a dramedy. Although the script is smart and at times reflects the humor shared by two guy friends, it remains a movie that places Adam Sandler amongst a cast of credible, serious actors. Don Cheadle plays Alan Johnson, a fellow dentist and former college roommate of Charlie’s. Alan Johnson is instrumental in encouraging Charlie to take control of his life, manages to learn the same lesson for himself.

Jada Pinkett Smith gives a winning performance as Alan’s patient wife, waiting for him to confront his insecurities and move on. Liv Tyler has a small supporting role as a therapist who befriends Cheadle’s character and counsels a bereft Saffron Burrows, playing a jilted wife.

Fans expecting a comic performance from Adam Sandler will be disappointed. Fans recognizing Sandler’s growth and versatility as an actor will certainly appreciate this performance. Reign Over Me is a film definitely worth your time.