Punch-drunk Love

Punch-drunk Love

DVD - 2016
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Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty toilet plunger salesman Barry Egan spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters. The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affections of a mysterious woman named Lena. But their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss.
Publisher: [United States] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2016]
Edition: Criterion collection
ISBN: 9781681432274
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround,rda
video file,DVD video,rda

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epotter8811 Aug 20, 2012

If you're familiar with Paul Thomas Anderson's films, then Punch Drunk Love is a bit of a suprise amongst the rest of his work. The film has typical P.T.A.-isms: the camerawork, Philip Seymour Hoffman, an interesting score, and at least one character dealing with a tense family relationship (in this case, Adam Sandler's socially-inept Barry Egan dealing with seven overbearing sisters). Punch Drunk Love is billed as a "romantic comedy," but the truth is, while it has some humorous moments, it's really a dramedy about a broken, enraged man breaking free from his controlling family and letting love in. Adam Sandler is surprisingly restrained here, and at times, very sweet in an almost Rain Man-ish way. P.T.A. has given him a place to let loose some of the rage he has perhaps kept beneath the surface in other films, and it's quite effective. The direction is, of course, superb, and Emily Watson is a welcome quiet balance to Sandler's rage-filled Barry. It's not my favorite of Paul Thomas Anderson's films (that would still be the masterpiece that is There WIll Be Blood), but it's worth viewing for Sandler's performance and to see how Anderson does "comedy."

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iwasthewalrus
Mar 06, 2012

This is a great movie for people who hate Adam Sandler.

lasertravis Apr 28, 2011

If you hate Adam Sandler and/or think he can't act I suggest you watch this movie. He is great in this. The director of Boogie Nights and Magnolia once again puts out an above average movie with great acting and memorable characters and lines. You can feel the tension build in this darkly humorous movie from start to finish.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

This movie's dream-like nature and unconventional quirkiness isn't quite for everyone and some might come away feeling as if they simply didn't get it. I found this movie to be a pleasant surprise. Adam Sandler steps out of his usual funny man roles, but at the same time keeps his boyish charm. This film not only has wonderful writing, as well as great acting from Sandler but also pushes away from the typical Hollywood romantic comedy. Like I said this movie isn't for everyone but if your looking for a dark comedy this movie is for you.

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RonNasty64
Jul 11, 2009

It's always nice to see an actor step out of their comfort zone, and Sandler does an adequate job, but what really brings the house down is the remaster of Harry Nilsons' "He Needs Me" sung by Shelley Duvall.

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iwasthewalrus
Mar 06, 2012

iwasthewalrus thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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RonNasty64
Jul 11, 2009

RonNasty64 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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RonNasty64
Jul 11, 2009

Coarse Language: Explicit language.

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Drishka
Jul 26, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Barry: I didn't ask for a shrink - that must've been somebody else. Also, that pudding isn't mine. Also, I'm wearing this suit today because I had a very important meeting this morning and I don't have a crying problem.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Barry: I wanted to ask you something because you're a doctor... I don't like myself sometimes. Can you help me?
Walter: Barry, I'm a dentist. What kind of help do you think I could give you?

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Barry: I have to get more pudding for this trip to Hawaii. As I just said that out loud I realize it sounded a little strange but it's not.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Barry Egan is a small business owner with seven sisters whose abuse has kept him alone and unable to fall in love. When a harmonium and a mysterious woman enter his life, his romantic journey begins.

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