2007_03_arts_reign.jpgAdam Sandler is showing his serious side again in "Reign Over Me" (named loosely after the Pete Townshend-penned song “Love, Reign O’er Me”). The film, also starring Don Cheadle, is the first to use the events of 9/11 as a plot device.

Sandler's character, Charlie, loses his wife and three daughters when their plane crashes into the World Trade Center. He then begins to ride around a dark Manhattan on a scooter, looking a lot like Bob Dylan and going through a range of emotions. It's hard to imagine "Billy Madison" himself starring in the first (of what's sure to be many) 9/11 centered therapy movies, but it wouldn't be the first time he got all serious on celluloid.

The NY Times details the careers of comedic actors turning toward serious roles (something Sandler has done in movies like "Punch Drunk Love" and "Spanglish"). But is it "too soon" to use 9/11 this way in film?