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Punch-Drunk Love 2002

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3.4 out of 5 stars (81) IMDb 7.3/10

A dark comedy centering around Barry Egan, the socially impaired owner of a small business-distributing novelty toilet plungers-in the San Fernando Valley. Dominated by seven sisters, and constantly negotiating his own manhood, he is unlikely to find romance unless romance finds him.

Starring:
Adam Sandler, Jason Andrews
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring Adam Sandler, Jason Andrews
Supporting actors Don McManus, Emily Watson, Luis Guzmán, David Schrempf, Seann Conway, Rico Bueno, Hazel Mailloux, Karen Kilgariff, Julie Hermelin, Salvador Curiel, Jorge Barahona, Ernesto Quintero, Julius Steuer, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Lisa Spector, Nicole Gelbard, Mia Weinberg, Karen Hermelin
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
After making his 180 minute epic Magnolia, director PT Anderson was asked by the press what his next project would be. He announced he was making a 90 minute comedy starring Adam Sandler, to hearty laughter from the assembled hacks.

And then he made Punch-Drunk Love, a 90 minute comedy, starring Adam Sandler. Well, sort of...

Sandler plays Barry Egan, a man who is seemingly terrified by the world and also suffering from some kind of obsessive compulsive disorder. The film tracks his persecution at the hands of a chatline operator and his 'chance' meeting with a girl which leads to the Love of the title. But why Punch-Drunk too? Possibly because in the first half of the film Barry is subjected to glaring lights, clanging noises, the hen-pecking of his seven sisters and a physical beating...and then he follows Emily Watson's Lena on a business trip and his whole life changes.

Punch-Drunk Love veers between hectic, intense scenes to blissful dreaminess. The cinematography is superb, but likewise swings from steadicam loveliness to handheld paranoia. All the while, the soundtrack reflects this too with jittering, jerky themes melting into sweet hawaiian folk songs.

I loved this film at the cinema and repeat viewings on dvd have backed this up; its mixture of comedy and pathos, romance, phonesex and smashed up patio doors is genuinely appealing. The cast are perfect, and Sandler is a revelation playing something approaching his typical 'manchild', but cast adrift in a world that frustrates and frightens him. Emily Watson brings a tender soulfulness to the character of Lena, and Philip Seymour-Hoffman is as great as ever playing Barry's nemesis the Mattress Man.
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It's taken me a really long time (and multiple viewings) to realise that I really like this film a lot. Adam Sandler brings a lot to this role (and is perfect for it) but he also brings a lot of unwanted stuff regarding the expectations you might have going into an Adam Sandler film. The first time I saw this I had some very different expectations to what I ended up seeing here. I'll be honest I was slightly dissapointed.

I watched it again after seeing P. T. Anderson's next film `There Will Be Blood' (which has been my favorite film since I saw it in the cinema) and I realized how much I love the it. It's taken me a while to get there but now I'm totally there. And compared to TWBB it really is a really P. T. Anderson film. The protagonist is a flawed but likeable character. How you feel about him changes throughout the film. I like my protagonists flawed I've realized. And I don't like them to come through a whole heap of trouble and emerge a normal person at the other end.

I'd say the biggest similarity between the two films has to do with the concept of love and companionship. This is the central theme underlying both of these films. There is a line in PDL; "I have a love in my life and that makes me stronger than you can possibly imagine". Barry's life is made worth living by having someone to love and share himself with. It's only when he begins a relationship that he starts to take care of himself physically, by standing up to the people who would harm his new love, or his ability to be with her. This is a newly found central relationship in his life, which carries incredible significance for him. Similarly Daniel Plainview in TWBB has a central relationship upon which he builds his entire life around.
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After the hugely successful Boogie Nights and the inspirational Magnolia, it seems P.T. Anderson has written and directed yet another astonishingly genius movie that goes way off the richter scale of the normal, and all the better for it.Punch-Drunk Love is the Adam Sandler/"romantic comedy" in essence, but hugley distorted and a lot more subtle in humour, making it a truly surreal experience.Adam Sandler stars as Barry Egan, the "Angry but innocent" archetype, but made a lot more realistic and human.So rather than just shouting and stomping like in so many other Sandler films, Barry is quiet,depressed,obsessed with repeating patterns and is prone to outbursts of violence because of a serious implosive rage issue.Barry is the boss of a small company that sells toiletries, is emotionally scarred by his nagging seven sisters, is used to being put down all the time and is very, very lonely. So lonely infact that he calls a phone sex line, just so he can talk to somebody. This leads to a sleazy extortion scam lead by the big talking Mattress Man(played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) and threats Barry's well being. Then enters the unusually beautiful Lena(Emily Watson) who strikes up an unassuming relationship with Barry, just because she saw him in a photograph one of his sisters took and decided to take a chance. Their love blossoms and sends Barry into a state of emotional complexity, fluctuating between lust, uncontrollable rage(at everyone else except Lena anyway) and self doubt,ultimately leading him to change his hellish life and confront the extortionists out to get him.
I, like everybody, was a bit sceptical of Adam Sandler being in P.T. Andersons movie, but after seeing the film I realise that he is one of the best actors of our time.
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