Alan has a lovely family comprising his wife and children. However, the communication between him and his wife is poor (Scott, 2007).
The film is analyzed through the trauma-informed factor. Charlie experiences trauma after receiving communication on the airplane crash report. On September 11, 2001, Charlie was travelling to the JFK airport in a taxicab, to receive his wife and children. The information on the plane crash negatively affected him, because he realized the possibility of his entire family dying in the accident. He thought about the experiences that his family went through during the accident, “I thought about Geenas birthmark, and I... I felt them burning....”
The family system is adequately illustrated in Reign Over Me. The family comprises three main parties; the husband, wife and children. Alan has a lovely family that comprises his wife, Jada Pinkett, and two children. Each family desires trappings of success and comfort. Thus, Alan has a prestigious dentistry career, huge apartment, and silver Volvo. Charlie also has a lovely family comprising his wife and three children; Geena (5) Julie (9), and Jenny (7). A key feature of the family system is love, which strongly binds the family member together. The movie adequately depicts that Charlie and Alan deeply love their spouses and children.
Reign Over Me depicts family demographics and dynamics. The prominent family category in the United States is the nuclear family, which comprises father, mother and children. The family of Charlie is nuclear because it has his wife and three children. Alan’s family is also nuclear because it comprises his wife, Jada, and two children. Both happy and painful experiences affect families. The movie illustrates that Charlie was negatively affected by the 9/11 attacks, because it led to the death of his wife and three children. The experience was so painful, and thus he became socially withdrawn and reckless. The happy experiences include the lovely moments