Chaos lurks in every corner of this giddily off-kilter foray into romantic comedy by Paul Thomas Anderson. Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty-toilet-plunger salesman Barry Egan Adam Sandler, demonstrating remarkable versatility in his first dramatic role 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 affection of a mysterious woman named Lena Emily Watson , but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss played with maniacal brio by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Fueled by the careening momentum of a baroque-futurist score by Jon Brion, the Cannes-award-winning Punch-Drunk Love channels the spirit of classic Hollywood and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance. For his first foray into romantic comedy, Paul Thomas Anderson worked closely with Jon Brion on a score that combines melodic orchestration with startling dissonance. By Miranda July. The director of Aquarius and Bacurau shares his favorite Criterion releases, paying special attention to unorthodox studio productions and underappreciated masterpieces.
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A socially awkward and volatile small business owner meets the love of his life after being threatened by a gang of scammers. Jay Hart Lori A. When I was 17 or 18 I was eating lunch at this place called New York Subs now closed and I ordered my sandwich and sat down in front of this man who I later learned was my parents' dentist, incidentally who was by himself waiting on his food.
In voice and mannerisms he is the same childlike, love-starved Adam Sandler we've seen in a series of dim comedies, but this film, by seeing him in a new light, encourages us to look again at those films. Given a director and a screenplay that sees through the Sandler persona, that understands it as the disguise of a suffering outsider, Sandler reveals depths and tones we may have suspected but couldn't bring into focus. The way to criticize a movie, Godard famously said, is to make another movie. In that sense "Punch-Drunk Love" is film criticism. Paul Thomas Anderson says he loves Sandler's comedies--they cheer him up on lonely Saturday nights--but as the director of " Boogie Nights " and " Magnolia " he must have been able to sense something missing in them, some unexpressed need. The Sandler characters are almost oppressively nice, like needy puppies, and yet they conceal a masked hostility to society, a passive-aggressive need to go against the flow, a gift for offending others while in the very process of being ingratiating. Barry has seven sisters, who are all on his case at every moment, and he desperately wishes they would stop invading his privacy, ordering him around and putting him down. He tries at a family gathering to be congenial and friendly, but we can see the tension in his smiling lips and darting eyes, and suddenly he explodes, kicking out the glass patio doors. This is a pattern. He presents to the world a face of cheerful blandness, and then erupts in terrifying displays of frustrated violence.
Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started. Close Menu. Barry Egan Adam Sandler , the owner of a struggling vanity plungers company, falls in love with Lena Leonard Emily Watson , a woman his sister is trying to set him up with. On the run from a gang of thugs, Barry travels to Hawaii, using the frequent flier mile coupons clipped from several cartonsof pudding cups, to meet up with this girl of his dreams. More purchase options. By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.