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Punch Drunk Love (2002) Movie Information

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Paul Thomas Anderson


Adam Sandler
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Emily Watson
Luis Guzmán
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Jason Andrews





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A small business owner who has mental issues falls in love with a mysterious women by chance.

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Camper 04/06/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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So yeah. This was a strange one. I thought it was going to be your typical romantic comedy judging on the cover alone but I was very mistaken. I suppose it was good, in its own way but I doubt I'll ever rent it again. The background noises were extremely unsettling, I'm pretty sure the entire movie was meant to just make you uncomfortable and it worked.

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Snoogans 06/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The story here is basic, lonely guy meets girl and love ensues. It's the presentation, offbeat areas of humor and characters that makes this film much more interesting. Sandler surprises with a performance that is both hostile and sweet.

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mitchellyoung 05/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Though not as hardhitting as Magnolia or There Will Be Love, I still love PT Anderson and the way he is able to plumb the depths of the human experience through dark comedy and visceral performances. Adam Sandler gives his (only?) and best dramatic performance and knocks it out of the park. Weird and unsettling, but worthwhile.

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08/08/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Awkward and surreal.

When I want to watch a movie that I know will inspire me, change my perspective and have me marveling at its greatness, I pick a Paul Thomas Anderson movie.
I love the acting in There Will Be Blood, I adore the characters in Magnolia and Boogie Nights I could just watch a thousand times.
Sadly, Punch-Drunk Love isn't the case. It was actually quite a miss for PTA.
I think this is the problem: Directors who aren't familiar with comedy don't know how to do comedy directly.
They can have elements and moments of comedy and comedic reliefs in their films, but when they decide on a straight up comedy movie, it doesn't work out too well. Hence, we have this movie.

Adam Sandler wasn't funny in this movie, but I'm glad he decided to tone down and not act like a mule all the time (I really d...

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12/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Punch Drunk Love review

If your into strange love stores with a crime story, this may appeal to you. A weird lonely business owner named Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) encounters a car crash wherein a mysterious harmonium was left on the street and meets Lena Leonard (Emily Watson). Barry tries to earn a million frequent flyer miles from a marketing glitch and calls a phone sex hotline for conversation. Dean Trumbell (Philip Seymour Hoffman), owner of a mattress store, is the Supervisor of "Georgia," the girl who wanted Barry's financial help.

Soundtrack was quite hypnotic much like Drive (2011). This film is admired by Judd Apatow since it clearly shows some dark humor. Pacing somewhat slow in the beginning then picks-up when trouble with the credit card/phone sex girl arises. Another baffling scene wher...

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06/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Adam Sandler as you've never seen him before

P.T. Anderson is certainly one of the best directors of his generation. Having written and directed long and epic films such as Boogie Nights and Magnolia prior to this one, it is not surprising that Anderson wanted to make a shorter film such as this one. Running for only 95 minutes, Punch-Drunk Love is outstanding.

Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a small business owner in L.A., who sells plungers and other toilet related things. He is constantly berated and emotionally abused by each of his seven sisters, particularly Elizabeth (Mary Lynn Rajskub) who wants him to go out with her friend Lena (Emily Watson). Barry rebuffs Elizabeth's attempts to get him to go out with Lena, and after a glass-smashing fit of rage at a party held by his sisters, he returns home and calls a phone-sex ...

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