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Punch-drunk Love

(DVD - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Barry Egan, a shy sad-sack with a great deal of repressed anger that occasionally bursts forth in sudden violent outrages, falls in love with Lena, a co-worker of one of Barry's seven sisters. After calling a phone-sex line, Barry is extorted by bad-guy Dean, who eventually sends four goons to assault Barry and get the money.
Title: Punch-drunk love
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2003]
Edition: Widescreen, two disc special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Notes: Special features: theatrical trailer; "Blossoms & Blood" (12-minute feature including alternate takes, Jeremy Blake artwork, and Jon Brion's "Here We Go" music video directed by PTA); deleted scenes; Mattress Man commercial; 12 Scopitones; additional artwork by Jeremy Blake.
Summary: Barry Egan, a shy sad-sack with a great deal of repressed anger that occasionally bursts forth in sudden violent outrages, falls in love with Lena, a co-worker of one of Barry's seven sisters. After calling a phone-sex line, Barry is extorted by bad-guy Dean, who eventually sends four goons to assault Barry and get the money.
Audience: MPAA rating R (some language including a scene of sexual dialogue).
Awards & Distinctions: Cannes Film Festival, 2002: Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson).
ISBN: 1404936076
Statement of Responsibility: Revolution Studios, New Line Cinema present a Joanne Sellar, Ghoulardi Film Co. production ; produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, Joanne Sellar ; written & directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Credits: Director of photography, Robert Elswit ; editor, Leslie Jones ; original music, Jon Brion ; costume designer, Mark Bridges ; production designer, William Arnold.
Performers: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (2.35:1); region 1; mastered in high definition; 5.1 Dolby digital, 5.1 EX.
Other Language: English or French dialogue; subtitles in English and French, closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Drama. Telephone sex Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Comedy films.
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Telephone sex
Publisher No: 01333
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List - Cinematic Aphrodisiacs by: hzabski Apr 11, 2011

This is probably the most controversial of the bunch, as it's arty and sometimes dark. Still, I think movie is pretty good date litmus test for film geeks. Paul Thomas Anderson is great at depicting romances between characters who are heavily damaged. Here Adam Sandler plays Barry Egan, a man... Read More »


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Aug 20, 2012
  • epotter8811 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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."

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

Apr 28, 2011
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 11, 2009
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Apr 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 11, 2009
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Apr 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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Apr 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 11, 2009
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Explicit language.

Jul 26, 2008
  • Drishka rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Apr 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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?

Apr 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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Apr 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Punch Drunk Love Trailer

Jul 11, 2009
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"He Needs Me"

Original version sung by Shelley Duvall.

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