Punch-Drunk Love

2002

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance / Thriller

79
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 79%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 124317

Synopsis


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Cast

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Dean Trumbell
Adam Sandler as Barry Egan
Mary Lynn Rajskub as Elizabeth
Luis Guzmán as Lance
720p.BLU
650.67 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 35 min
P/S 6 / 87

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jacobgrimshaw39 1 / 10

If you want a total waist of your time its a must watch

The most unpunctual and un-charatismic movie, acting and filming I've ever seen, my first movie review but I felt completely obliged to say this was actually the s***est movie to be produced, the fact IMDB give it such a solid rating gives me a total lack the disgust of faith in humanity.

Reviewed by tomgillespie2002 9 / 10

The Sandler persona done sweet and sympathetic

When asked what his next project would be following the success of his L.A. ensemble one-two of Boogie Nights and Magnolia, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson responded that he would be making an Adam Sandler movie. He was met with a hearty chuckle by whoever was interviewing him, but little did they know that a comedy starring most people's - at least I would hope - least favourite comedy star was actually on the cards. Punch-Drunk Love ended up taking home the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival, but was undoubtedly Anderson's most divisive film. Surprisingly short and often incredibly weird, the film has garnered more and more respect and appreciation amongst fans and critics over the last 15 years, and many now even consider it to be the director's best work in a catalogue that includes the likes of There Will Be Blood and The Master.

Punch-Drunk Love revolves around Barry Egan (Sandler), a troubled and socially-awkward salesman of toilet plungers and various other novelty items. Forever bedecked in a blue suit and red tie combination, Barry tries to keep to himself while harbouring a hatred for his inability to be 'normal', but his seven hen-pecking and overbearing sisters are constantly trying to 'bring him out of his shell'. Whenever his sisters mention the way they treated him as a child, he responds in a fit of rage. A family party is brought to a swift end when he kicks through patio doors after being reminded of a particularly cruel childhood nickname. He finds solace in a harmonium he finds dumped outside his work's warehouse, and eventually in an English woman named Lena (Emily Watson) introduced to him by his sister Elizabeth (Mary Lynn Rajskub). They like each other straight away, but she travels a lot, so Barry starts to take full advantage of a marketing loop-hole that will grant him a lifetime of air miles through purchasing mass quantities of cheap pudding.

Anderson is apparently fond of Sandler's work, so he obviously sees something in the actor whose success has left many of us befuddled. Sandler typically plays the same person: The childish slacker who is a nice guy deep down, but prone to outbursts of rage. He plays very much the same here, only he is likeable and sympathetic, delivering his best performance to date. When he isn't smashing up a restaurant toilet or bruising his hand on his office wall, Sandler is remarkably subtle, mixing up his words in a nervous tic and struggling to meet people's gaze. In his loneliness, Barry phones a sex-line and ends up on the receiving end of a blackmail scheme run by scumbag mattress-store owner Dean (Philip Seymour Hoffman). It's all over the place in terms of plot, but Punch-Drunk Love is very much a character piece built around a troubled yet fascinating man finally finding love in the chaos of his life and his own mind. It's an acquired taste, but far more accessible than some of Anderson's later work, especially The Master and Inherent Vice. We probably all know a Barry but have likely kept our distance, but Punch-Drunk Love is brave enough to place him front and centre, lending a voice to the type of introvert misunderstood and viewed with suspicion by most.

Reviewed by tomnuke 10 / 10

One of the Finest Films You Need to Watch

Punch-drunk love is really good. It's flawless. From the great acting, great cinematography, great dialogue, and an unexpectedly great score. There are plenty of subtle moments in the film. For example the clothes of the characters perfectly reflect their character. Adam Sandler's character wears a blue suit, representing his current state of depression which he would like to keep a secret, while Emily Watson's character has a red dress, which represents an inner anger and rage from previous failed attempts at love, that Adam Sandler constantly tries to acquire for the whole film. Everything in this film is done so great. This film's score made this movie feel like a musical. It's amazing. Everyone needs to at least watch the film once. Paul Thomas Anderson is one the best directors currently working

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