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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Cast: Adam Sandler, Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, more...
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Romantic Comedy, SNL Alums
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Synopsis
Adam Sandler and Emily Watson star in Punch-Drunk Love, an odd romantic comedy from gifted young director Paul Thomas Anderson. Sandler plays Barry Egan, a shy sad-sack with a great deal of repressed anger that occasionally bursts forth in sudden violent outrages, who falls in love with Lena Leonard (Emily Watson), a co-worker of one of Barry's seven sisters. After calling a phone-sex line, Barry is extorted by bad-guy Dean Trumbell (Anderson regular Philip Seymour Hoffman), who eventually sends four goons to assault Barry and get the money. This film was screened in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, where Paul Thomas Anderson was named Best Director. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

Note: This DVD is available in Superbit format only.

For extra credit, read German film director Tom Twyker's beautiful essay on the film here on GreenCine.

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GreenCine Member Ratings

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
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6.97 (953 votes)
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Punch-Drunk Love (Bonus Disc) (2002)
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7.08 (37 votes)
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GreenCine Member Reviews

Was this film really necessary? by noosh August 7, 2003 - 12:51 AM PDT
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12 out of 17 members found this review helpful
"Magnolia" is one of my very favorite movies, and I thought P.T. Anderson's previous movie, "Boogie Nights", was excellent too, so I ran right out to see "Punch-Drunk Love". And while I thought there were elements of a great movie in there -- Adam Sandler is remarkable, and the family history they've created for him a great jumping-off point, and the setting is beautifully characterless -- there just isn't a movie in there. It never adds up. An interesting first draft, P.T., but where are you thinking of going from here?

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