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  • Great Movie
    Adam Sandler is commonly viewed as a goofball of an actor. His classics include Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison and its no surprise that those roles garnered him no critical acclaim. With 'Punch Drunk Love' he has silenced those who thought him incapable of serious acting. This movie is an eclectic rollercoaster of sound and imagery. Watching the metamorphosis of Sandler's character is as wonderful an experience as any other i've had with film or television. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who appreciates art, Adam Sandler, and general bad-assery. Oh, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman's in it. Checkmate. ...more info
  • One of the stupidest movies I've ever seen
    Adam Sandler plays a painfully shy man who has extreme fits of violent anger and has to deal with 7 sisters constantly interferring with his life. He calls a phone sex line one evening and is then hounded by the man running the service. This takes place the same time he meets a woman who likes him despite his oddities.

    The sad thing is I think there is probably a sweet, poignant love story in this film but it's buried in a morass of pointless scenes and a discordant soundtrack that is sometimes so loud it nearly drowns out the dialog. There is no reason shown why Emily Watson would fall in love with Sandler. It's really just one strange scene after another that in the end is dull and left me wishing I'd rented another movie. ...more info
  • Overpowering Music and Camera Work Attempt to Make Up for a Weak Script
    After seeing There Will Be Blood, I came to the conclusion that director Paul Thomas Anderson had made a director's film, one that will visually astound and attack all senses, without focusing much on story or making sure the script would have a good solid grip on the audience. It turns out, that realization would prove to define not only "There Will Be Blood," but also Paul Thomas Anderson as a director. The same strengths and the same weaknesses are very much at play in his 2002 film, "Punch Drunk Love," which I saw this weekend for the first time. I came in expecting to like it, because in the past, movies that bring comedic actors out of their comfort zones and into more dramatic territory have proven to be particularly moving. But, while Adam Sandler did a fantastic job as the socially awkward (to put it lightly) Barry Egan, the script wasn't strong enough to make this film as good as it thinks it is.

    The concept and story fascinates me, and there were parts of the movie where I thought I was about to fall in love. Barry's dialogue is often very good, showing a man who realistically fumbles through conversations (Spitting out "Business is food" when asked how business is), so the script at least has that going for it. But instead of going anywhere real with the story, all of the potential is sort of muffled and shoved to the side in favor of over-extravagant camera work, long shots that drag on and on, and overpowering music that distinctly tries to lead the viewer by hand through the movie, because the script wasn't enough to do so. "Punch Drunk Love" isn't horrible, and there are even moments of excellence, but the director's bloated sense of self-importance and emphasis of technique over true depth ensure that the movie would never reach its potential.

    5/10...more info
  • A STRANGE BUT ENJOYABLE TRIP
    I FINISHED WATCHING THE MOVIE, AND IT WAS QUITE
    LIKE NOTHING I'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE. I CAN'T SAY
    THAT I LOVED IT PER SE, BUT IT WAS JUST SO DIFFERENT
    YOU CAN'T EVEN HATE IT. IT'S KIND OF WEIRD, SEEING
    ADAM SANDLER IN A SERIOUS ROLE. SOMETIMES YOU
    STILL WANT TO LAUGH CAUSE HE'S SUCH A DORK
    BUT THE MOOD IS ANYTHING BUT FUNNY. ALMOST
    DARK AND QUITE INSANE, BUT IT LEAVES YOU WITH
    A STRANGE FEELING WHEN YOU'RE DONE. BEAUTIFUL
    ARTWORK THROUGHOUT MOVIE, AND "BLINK OF AN EYE"
    DISASTER MOMENTS. THIS MOVIE IS QUITE CRAZY BUT
    AN ENJOYABLE TRIP.
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  • The WORST Movie I Have Ever Sat Through!!!
    This would have to be the WORST movie I have ever seen in my life and believe me when I tell you I have watched my share of turkeys in my lifetime. Adam Sandler plays Barry Egan, a Major League Geek who works at a wharehouse. What he actually does there is anybody's guess. Barry witnesses a car crash outside the wharehouse and doesn't even stop to check if the driver is allright and doesn't need Medical Assistance.Then Barry telephones a sex hotline and is looking for some company instead of an erotic fantasy. Barry also has a tendency to become vilolent whenever he is made aware of his shortcomings.Barry is so messed up that he could have easily gotten a job as one of my teachers in High School.Is this guy in dire need of Medication and Therapy or what?Some critics have hailed this movie as a "Masterpice " which totally confounds me. I think it is a "Masterpiece' that people actually invested their hard earned cash to finance the making of this trash. I give this movie 5 stars because thankfully it only lasted about 1 1/2 hours and I got a refund on my movie ticket and a date with the good loking Theatre Usherette!!!...more info
  • COURAGEOUS AND HEROIC
    bizarre love story, pt anderson isn't afraid to go where no director has gone before. barry [adam sandler] is a timid little mouse, bottled up with rage, and abused by his sisters, until he meets emily watson and love transforms him. down the rabbit hole we go in this quirky comedy. major kudos to anderson for pushing the cinematic envelope. I loved the confused looks on some of my fellow audience members, as we left the theater. this is not the type of movie I believe people will be ambivalent about. no middle ground here. you either love it or hate it. I'm a big fan of magnolia [did you catch the fortean references?], and boogie nights. I can't wait to see what he does next. ...more info
  • Fabulous!
    If you love Adam Sandler movies you probably won't like this one. If you hate his movies and like something different then you will really appreciate this movie. I can swing both ways. I like most of his movies and this is my favorite. I absolutely loved it!...more info
  • WARNING: Not your typical Adam Sandler movie!
    This movie was one of the biggest surprises of 2002 for me. Working in a movie store, you hear an awful lot of opinions on movies. Every single person I ever asked about this movie said it was terrible and weird. Against the advice of many customers and friends, I blindly bought "Punch Drunk Love." After finishing it, all I could say was "Wow...that was amazing."

    Adam Sandler's portrayal of Barry Egan was flawless. The progression of emotions in this movie kept me wanting more. "Punch Drunk Love" did something for me that a movie hasn't done in a long time: it made me feel something. It made me feel uncomfortable, but not bad uncomfortable. The way it was shot, the music, and the effects made me feel what emotions Barry felt every step of the way. I also think this has one of the best fight scenes ever captured on film. It was so simplistic, but at the same time, more beautiful and powerful than any other fight scene I have seen. So much so that I had to rewind it immediately and watch it four more times.

    If you're wanting another "Billy Madison" or "Happy Gilmore," do not watch this movie. If you want to see a somewhat strange, yet funny and entertaining film, "Punch Drunk Love" is the movie for you. It very much deserves the 5 stars I give it....more info
  • if you liked "Amelie"...
    you should like this. "punch-drunk love" does for lonely guys what "Amelie" did for lonely gals. both films are about odd, introverted people. both try to show the world as seen by the protagonists: magical and dreamy for Amelie; sterile and nightmarish for Barry Eagan. both are charming and sweet love stories. and strangely, both involve the sex trade! each in its own odd way. pdl is a (slightly) funnier film, though.

    each film also makes interesting use of a different spatial dimension. in A, the vertical dimension is very important - many things either fall (A's mother, the goldfish, etc) or are discovered on the ground (the treasure box, torn pictures, boyfriend, etc). in PDL, it's the dimension into the plane of the film that's important - think of the long driveway leading up Barry's shop, or the corridors in the apartment and hotel, or the aiport walkway, etc. it's no coincidence that Leana first emerges from the end of the long driveway, or that Barry runs through the the long apt corridors to steal his first kiss, or that the lovebirds first hold hands as they stroll through the winding halls in the hotel.

    the screenplay was very well written, especially for Barry. the conversations were funny just because they are so accurate: this is just the way you'd imagine someone like Eagen would talk. hilarious.

    a good film. well worth watching....more info

  • A poor attempt at a dramatic film
    I know this film was supposed to come across as dramatic and artistic, but instead it was mostly rather boring. This was one movie in which fleshing out the background of the characters, and espcially that of Adam Sandler's character would have helped A LOT. Instead I was left feeling the characters weren't developed nearly enough. The actors were also part of the problem, I do not think they pulled their roles off very well. The relasionships in this film could have been interesting, even emotionally touching, but instead most of the characters were merely boring or outright annoying. The plot is rather predictable, which is more tolerable in a film that is action based, but this film was not. This film could also have benefited a lot from some more interesting scenery, and a better soundtrack. Despite the few dramatic scenes in this movie, it was overall very very dull....more info
  • Wonderful
    Punch Drunk Love is such a special, funny, gem of a movie. I wish everyone could see this film. It touched my heart and my funnybone. Paul Thomas Anderson, who brought us Magnolia, wrote, directed, and co-produced Punch Drunk Love. Punch Drunk Love is similar to Magnolia, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Anyone who enjoyed any one of those films should enjoy this one.

    Adam Sandler plays Barry Eegan, a loner painfully isolated from society, who finds love in an odd way. Sandler turns in a fine performance as the mentally tortured man. Barry owns a business selling designer toilet plungers, so even though he owns a small business, he is still a misfit! Barry has SEVEN interfering and uncaring sisters. Seven is the magic number of many fairy tales, and Barry is sort of a Cinderella in this fairy tale. His sisters drive him over the edge into mental instability. Barry has one friend, Lance, played by Luis Guzman. Lance is his assistant at his business, managing a small crew that is always dropping crates off forklifts.

    Enter Lena, played by Emily Watson. Emily likes Barry, and a magical transformation starts. One problem is that Barry gave his social security number to a phone sex line, and now they are trying to extort money from him. I love the characters in this movie. FOX's "24" fans will be happy to see "Chloe" as one of Barry's overpowering sisters, acting exactly like she did on 24. It is great!

    I was cheering for Barry at the end of the film. Part of the film takes place in Hawaii. Those scenes are so relaxing, it will make you want to go there....more info
  • Sandler Wins Oscar for Best Actor!
    Okay, so Adam Sandler DIDN'T get an Oscar nomination for this film . . . and the reason he didn't is because he's Adam Sandler. There's no other way to figure this one, as he lays bare his character's soul with revealing acting that seems very real and "organic."

    This is an extraordinary film; it creatively mixes pathos, sound effects, long camera takes, and claustrophobia into a heady combination. You can check other reviews for plot details. I would simply encourage the viewer to notice how nearly every "space" you see on-screen is tightly enclosed. Shot in apartments, industrial parks, and supermarkets, nearly every frame in the film takes place in a constricted and sterile environment . . . and this somehow makes the film's romance blossom even more dramatically.

    Frankly, I think this is a brilliant film, and a funny one as well, though certainly not in a HAPPY GILMORE sense.

    (SIDENOTE: I have five sisters, and since Sandler's character has seven, I may have been able to relate to his travails more than the usual viewer. You only children out there may find this film unfathomable.)...more info
  • A Film that Stands Out Rather than Fit In
    In a film that either turns viewers away or holds them in its grip, Adam Sandler presents possibly the most unexpected and out of the ordinary performances of his career.

    Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who brought us "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia," this film tells the story of Barry Egan, an emotionally unstable man who is looking for an intimate connection with anyone. In an overwhelming moment of loneliness, he phones a sex hotline and unwillingly involves himself in a web of blackmail and deceit. After finding a true relationship with understanding and adorable Lena, however, he develops the courage to face his blackmailers in order to protect his new love.

    Although this film demands a lot of patience from the viewer, it was Sandlers sad and touching role as Barry that kept me glued. He employs some of his trademark skills, fits of rage contrasted with pathetic pouting, but in this film none of these traits are funny, and they are not intended to be. Barry is both pathetic and suffers from serious emotional highs and lows.

    The film is very much about the strength that comes with falling in love. The high point of the film is when Barry travels out of state to find and confront his blackmailers in order to protect Lena. Face to face with the man responsible for his blackmail, Barry sums up what almost every man in love feels: "I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine."...more info
  • Know What You're In For Before You See This
    Boy, did this movie disappoint a lot of people.....but not me.

    The "disappointed" were the Adam Sandler fans who expected another "Happy Gilmore"-type character, the kind of goofball the comedian has built a career on portraying. Instead, they got a dark comedy/drama that was anything but the typical Sandler fare. They also got a weird story.

    I had the advantage of knowing what to expect, and that helped a lot. Also, I guess I've watched too many movies because I am beginning to like some of these oddball films....and this one certainly qualifies as "odd." I thought the mixture of dark humor, drama, suspense and romance all made for a fascinating film. You just never knew what was coming next, something funny or something horrifying. This is definitely something different and I suspect one of those movies you'll either really like or really hate.

    I supposed it helped I like Emily Watson, who is the female love interest in here. No one that nice would keep seeing a wacko like Sandler's character in here, but that's the movies for you. In most cases, you have to suspend your belief.

    The storyline, whether pleasant or very unpleasant, got me involved and the camera-work in here was interesting, too. In summary, it's a curiosity piece for those who like something different. Just don't expect a happy, hilarious Happy Gilmore. ...more info
  • Adam Sandler shows surprising depth
    Punch Drunk Love gave Adam Sandler a chance to show that he can play a serious role. There are plenty of laughs in this picture but one can never laugh AT the main character. He is faced with what appear to be insurmountable odds, and he is a "nice guy." Therefore, the audience is hoping that somehow things will work out for him, but it is very uncertain what will happen! This picture is a bit dark, so be aware that you may find yourself shocked at times, but hang on to the end. It's worth it! ...more info
  • I "Punch-Drunk Love" It
    While I'm not a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson I do enjoy this film very much for more cinematic purposes and from the perspective of a director. If you're looking at this film because you love the goofy, lovable, jackass; Adam Sandler then you will be thoroughly disappointed. Adam Sandler becomes a completely different actor completely and surprises and shocks the audience by his acting capabilities. His performance will leave you uncomfortable, touched and enlightened. Emily Watson (as always) plays a lovable British sweetheart that is very interested in Adam Sandler's character. The two of them create a heart melting romance that changes and helps Adam Sandler's character through his struggles with life and being able to break barriers as a person.

    The film starts out showing us the awkward and unorthodox life of Barry Egan (Sandler) and relationship with his: seven sisters, his business partner (played by Luis Guzman), and a conflict that he encounters with a phone sex-line company that threatens to send their gang of "brothers" lead by Academy Award Winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman when Barry refuses to pay them money. Barry is a quiet person that is rather anti-social and is embarrassed easily, he hides behind his lies and denial so that his girlfriend Lena Leonard (Emily Watson) doesn't think that he's a loser. But when the `brothers' begins to ask to hard and begins to cause Barry and Lena's relationship harm, Barry stands up for the woman he loves.

    While many argue to say that this film has no plot, I ask "Are you completely out of your mind?" The film is a beautiful portrait of a relationship and how love changes people and makes them step outside of their comfort zones. I truly recommend for the open-minded and insightful.
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  • CRAP!!! PLAIN AND SIMPLE
    How my ratings work:
    5 - I really liked/loved it
    4 - I liked it
    3 - Could've been better/worth a look
    2 - Just didn't live up to the potential
    1 - Simply aweful

    I think Adam Sandler can do drama. I've thought that since I watched the courtroom scene in Big Daddy. But this was just CRAP! There is nothing provocative about this movie, it doesn't even make sense. The acting is terrible, there is no chemistry between any of the actors (especially the leads Sandler and Emily Watson). You can't believe for a second that the sisters are related. The usually great Phillip Seymour Hoffman is awful. And, what is up with the tiny piano? That's the one part of the fillm that makes absolutley no sense. Sandler's character is just pathetic, and the way he lashes out, it's almost impossible to feel sorry for him. The diologue seems forced. Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most overrated filmmakers in film history. People seem to think that if it doesn't make sense, but it has a known director, then it must be wonderful and provacative. IT'S NOT!!! Don't be stupid like other people, think and don't be fooled by this tripe....more info
  • So What Is It, Mr. Anderson?
    Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a successful business owner but a complete failure in his personal life. Lonely and socially inept, he longs for companionship but has trouble navigating almost any interpersonal contact. Further, he tends to erupt into violent rages when faced with his large, overbearing and hypercritical family. In desperation, he calls a phone sex line and is sucked into an extortion scheme run by an out-of-state hood (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Shortly thereafter, he is introduced to Lena (Emily Watson), a woman who doesn't seem to mind Barry's shyness and peculiarities and to whom he is instantly attracted. Oddly, Lena is also attracted to Barry and pursues him almost in spite of himself.

    Adam Sandler fans should know that "Punch-Drunk Love" is essentially not a comedy. It is not a breakthrough role for Sandler, either, as many critics have claimed, because Barry Egan is the same character Sandler always plays. But this time he is played for sympathy instead of laughs. Barry is a dysfunctional, emotionally ill, violent misfit. In this case, the comedic value of those qualities is de-emphasized in favor of their pathological nature, which shape Barry's character and his problems. At first look, "Punch-Drunk Love" seems to be a stylized love story for the socially challenged with a cuddly message about even misfits needing and finding love. But once the film begins to sink in, it isn't that at all. I should say that this movie is slow and takes its time getting off the ground. But once it does we are presented with a supposed love story that makes no sense whatsoever and a narrative that is cluttered with non sequiturs and discontinuities.

    To go into the discontinuities here would risk spoiling the plot. But this script is so conspicuously unbelievable that I am forced to conclude that either writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has lost his mind, or Barry has lost his mind and "Punch-Drunk Love" is some kind of dream or fantasy sequence. A certain amount of discontinuity and nonsensical narrative I would write off as artistic license -which is what I did...up to a point. But the entire film is like that. I have to conclude that this story is not supposed to take place in the real world. "Punch-Drunk Love" reminds me of Stanley Kubrick's last and lousiest opus, "Eyes Wide Shut", which also appeared to be an extended dream sequence. The dialogue was stilted; the characters' behavior completely lacked credibility; and the film was filled with discontinuities. But the dream had no purpose or context. The same is true of "Punch-Drunk Love". If you are going to make a film that is substantially a fantasy sequence, you have to connect it to reality at some point, or it has no meaning.

    So is "Punch-Drunk Love" a story about a social misfit given to violent rages who finds love and a soul-mate against all odds? Or is the entire movie a dream sequence or hallucination emanating from Barry's -or Paul Thomas Anderson's- abnormal mind? If it is the former, it makes no sense and carries no credibility. If it is the latter, we in the audience need to be let in on the joke. If the elusive nature of "Punch-Drunk Love" doesn't put you off, the character of Barry Egan will. He is repulsive. And parts of the film were shot with a spastic handheld camera. I'm giving "Punch-Drunk Love" three stars only because I like Emily Watson's performance and because the film is thought-provoking in the sense that if I think about it, I have no idea what this film is about. It might be an attempt to interpret the effects of last weekend's party favors cinematically....more info
  • The best film I've seen in quite some time
    I absolutely loved this film. It is so weird. But it's not weird in a "that's too weird for me to like" kind of way, like say...Eyes Wide Shut.

    It's wonderfully weird. Adam Sandler is literally at his best in this film. You start to believe so heavily in his social phobia that you have to be sympathetic. He and Emily Watson are such a great match (as far as their characters go) that I applaud the casting director for making such a bold move.

    Basically, Barry (Adam Sandler) has a bunch of over-bearing sisters who'd like to run his life, so it's made him very quirky in his handling of social situations. He calls a phone sex line one day and naively gives them his credit card number. They start to bribe him and basically ruin his life, and normally he would just sit down and take it. But since he has found a new love (Emily Watson), it gives him the strength of assertion.

    It really is a feel good movie in a different way than most feel good movies are....more info
  • A bizarre trip through the darker shades of love
    Punch Drunk Love is a movie which when I first saw it, I was left scratching my head and feeling like someone had just jumped out of the closet and shaken me before leaving, but without scaring me. Adam Sandler stars in this bizarre romantic comedy (although it really doesn't fit in the genre, it works better almost as a psychological thriller of some romantic variety), and while most who don't understand the performance will rave about it, it really was somewhat forced in the first half. Sandler is really lit on fire in the ending portion of the film however, when his tendencies toward violence detach him completely for a few minutes, and the film plummets into a whirlwind of love and possibly insanity. You might not like it on the first run through, but it will probably never leave your mind. The film's characters are so full of strange energy, they feel like they are trying to contain their own mental instabilites. The plot of the film could only exist in a world created by a filmmaker like P.T. Anderson, as Sandler searches for a way to take a free flight away from sex talk phone line criminals, with the shy and strange woman who he loves, all because of a glitch in the computers at a grocery store. It might not strike you as romantic, but there is some true love in this movie, and it is worth watching....more info
  • A Uniquely Entertaining Film with a Magical Tone
    Three points of note:

    1. The original (in both senses) soundtrack. Barry Egan (Sandler) has psychological problems. He's prone to paroxysms of destructive rage, sparked primarily by his seven domineering and dysfunctional sisters. But his issues are more complex than anger management. In my lay opinion, he seems to be too close to the bad end of the autistic spectrum: he often appears oblivious to, and overwhelmed by, everyday stimuli (such as meeting new people, especially women); he's emotionally and socially stunted (but in a way distinct from the typical Sandlerian manchild); and verbal communication isn't exactly his strong suit (except when intimidation is called for). So what has this got to do with the soundtrack? Well, it struck me that the percussive, layered, and sometimes cacophonous music that plays when we see things from Barry's perspective is meant to convey the blooming, buzzing confusion that he's experiencing. It's as if we can hear his inner chaos. At any rate, these conspicuous and distinctive tracks help bring atmosphere to the foreground of the film, which is a plus, because the story itself is nothing special; the magic of this film is in the execution, the details, the tone.

    2. The cinematography. I am no expert, but Anderson clearly uses some cool and unusual shots and lenses. He also intersperses some colorful abstract art by frequent collaborator Jeremy Blake (R.I.P.). You'll have to see for yourself.

    3. The descent into fantasy. The film starts off quirky but fundamentally realistic. Ayn Rand didn't write the dialogue, and no one makes a dwarf-tossing joke in the middle of a pitched battle over the moral fate of the world -- everyone acts like a real person, with real emotions, however eccentric. But once the love story takes off -- literally, to Hawaii -- no amount of chemistry can make up for the fact that we have no idea what Lena Leonard (Watson) sees in Barry. She's stable, successful, and has a British accent; he's crazy, strapped for cash (he's counting on a milking an overgenerous frequent flyer miles promotion -- based on a true story), and sounds like Adam Sandler. Yet she's really into him. Maybe this is just Anderson situating himself in the romantic comedy section (love at first sight), but still, there should be something, however implausible, behind the romance if he wants the audience to care. (Interestingly, maybe he doesn't: maybe he was that committed to style over substance; maybe he wanted to focus exclusively on Barry's emotions; maybe this was his way of satirizing the genre.) At any rate, viewers are free to form their own understandings of characters' motivations....more info
  • Two hours of my life I cannot get back
    I went with a friend to see this movie and we were not at all impressed with it. The story was so BLAH - it felt like nothing happened the entire movie. We finally decided we had enough and got up to leave and the credits started to to roll. There was no beginning, middle and end to this film.
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  • one of my favorite films of all-time.
    The backlash this film has received will ALWAYS baffle me. Paul Thomas Anderson has created one the most intricately woven love stories of all-time. Sandler's character Barry Egan has us hooked within moments because of his amazing commitment to the role, and the character's eccentric nature. This film is a testament to love, and proves that absolutely anyone in the world can experience the feeling.


    simply one of the most underrated films in history. ...more info
  • Not Worth Watching -spoilers-
    This movie is a bore! And kind of annoying!
    It's not a romance/comedy! Drama...er...a little? Not a lot.

    Alright, the story itself is good. Plot is terrific, characters alright. Acting is great.

    The constant music through-out the movie was just annoying. The camera angles and shadow shots were just irritating. The only character that wasn't a complete Mary-Sue (or one-dimensional) was the main character, Barry.

    This could have been a great movie if it wasn't for the script, the shooting style, and the annoying background music....more info
  • wrong viewpoints
    This is one movie where it seems a lot of people either like it or really hate it. What I find about this film, though, is that the people who hate it do so for the wrong reasons (or at least they can't articulate why, but I have a theory). Here are some of the complaints:

    *"It is boring" - Since when did loud, fast and outrageous become associated with boring? I don't care how slow something is. If it is different, innovative, and interesting, it is not boring. Your standard Michael Bay film is boring - this film is not.

    *"The background of the characters was not fleshed out." We hear Eagan's life story, get to meet his seven sisters, hear all his hopes and fears as admitted to his brother-in-law, and go through every neurotic detail of his life. The only way to this character could possibly be fleshed out more is if we saw him going to the bathroom.

    *"Bad acting." What these people are really saying is that they miss the low-brow roles traditionally played by Sandler (not that those roles aren't funny). Critics gave good reviews to Sandler's depth and Watson's portrayal. Sorry, but I put more faith in Ebert's evaluation of good acting than I do your typical fan of 50-cent movies or "Dukes of Hazzard."

    *"The plot is rather predictable" - I defy anyone to predict what would have happened two scenes after watching a scene. "Armageddon" and "Independence Day" are predictable - this film is not.

    If you like formula, then avoid this movie. If you want to see something interesting, innovative, and sometimes funny, this movie is for you....more info
  • surprising
    Adam Sandler, a hapless romantic lead? Emily Watson, his romantic interest? Doable? PT Anderson pulls it off, beautifully even. When I heard Sandler was supposed to be a romantic lead in an Anderson film, I had my doubts, but I shouldn't have. Although this film is far from perfect, its abundant charms lie in its infinite quirkiness, including its cast of characters, like Sandler's Barry Egan. Barry is a businessman who, lonely, calls a phone sex chatline and ends up becoming the target of violent attacks and extortion once he has given up his credit card number to the phone sex operator. Behind the whole phone sex line operation is Philip Seymour Hoffman as a sleazy "mattress king", and Hoffman makes the guy believable. Egan is tormented by the aftermath of his phone sex indiscretion but at the same time finds himself falling in love with Emily Watson's character, who amazingly enough, falls in love with him too. The film is comedic, romantic and sometimes even a bit terrifying, and engaging throughout. ...more info
  • Who is Adam Sandler?
    Paul Thomas Anderson is either hit or miss with me. I liked Hard Eight, I loved Boogie Nights, but I really thought he lost his way with Magnolia. That isn't to say I can't recognize that he is immensely talented and I'm looking forward to seeing his latest film There Will Be Blood. Punch-Drunk Love is a smaller movie about Barry Egan, a business owner who sells novelty items such as stylized toilet plungers. Everything about Barry Egan permeates with a kind of frustrating sadness. His seven older sisters constantly insult him and his life is consistently portrayed as minimalist and disassociated. He is a profoundly lonely man. His bizarre social behavior is awkward but at times spirals into both perversion as well as intensely violent fits of rage. All the while, he is portrayed as the film's protagonist. Anderson is especially delicate in making us understand his eccentricities as justifiable survival mechanisms within the paradigm of his uncomfortable past and nearly pathetic current life. Anderson is careful not to mock or exploit Egan for his faults.

    Who could play such a unique and intriguing character? I have to admit, I'm a big fan of Adam Sandler's early comedies. Especially Billy Madison and I don't care who knows about it. I love the silly and stupid humor of Adam Sandler and I firmly believe it is what put him on the map. But he was just a character in those early films and besides those films really are just a series of comedy sketches. It would've made more sense if Billy Madison were placed into a CGI world, a cartoon, or a comic book in the first place. He continued to be silly all along but his characters always carried this dark side that wasn't easy to pinpoint among the poop jokes and slap-stick. He was almost like Adam West's Batman was in the old television show and how we see Batman now in Christopher Nolan's Batman movies is how we see Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love. It is as if Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore were snatched away from the unrealistic comedic worlds of those respective films and aggressively forced to exist in the real world, where every scene isn't necessarily working toward a punch-line. Although, much of Barry Egan's behavior in the real world is, at least on the surface, not unlike the behavior of Madison and Gilmore.

    The most amazing thing about the whole Sandler dynamic is that he can really act. He stands toe-to-toe with Phillip Seymour Hoffman (an Anderson regular who happens to be an amazing actor) in my favorite scene of the movie, where these two angry idiots just scream back and forth at each other over the phone. The scene makes their later encounter in person an amazing confrontation. Every single scene Sandler is in we tend to feel for the people around him. Knowing what his temper is capable of made me uncomfortable for the people who surround him but especially uncomfortable for Egan himself, who seemingly can't settle into his own skin. He does seem to find some comfort around Lena (Emily Watson), whose relationship with Barry is really what the film is intent on seeing through.

    Punch-Drunk Love has a great style. Anderson has a way of making ordinary scenes memorable and important scenes extraordinary. He is a also a great writer and makes even the smallest characters as strong as his leads. The soundtrack is of course the perfect fit as well. In the end and most important of all, Anderson tries hard to allow us the pleasure of watching Barry Egan bring some kind of comfort into his troubled life and I for one was surprised to enjoy it as much as I did. ...more info
  • Not as great as Boogie Nights or Magnolia
    I really didnt like Punch Drunk Love so much. It's definately not the worst film I've seen, but it could've been better. I got the point of the film, love conquers all. Very cheesy, but the film made the outcome too predictable.As for Adam Sandler, his Barry Egan character was just Sandler playing his typical brooding-dumb guy role (hence Mr Deeds, Waterboy etc.) As viewers we're supposed to feel sympathy for Barry, but his pointless rage-outbursts are merely amusing throughout the film. One good example is a bathroom scene (if you've seen the film you'll know what I'm talking about). Emily Watson & Luiz Guzman were okay in their respective roles. Most of the film deals w/ Barry's conflicts, one being of a useless subplot involving a phone-sex line ran out of a Mattress store (owned by Philip Seymour Hoffman).*****Is it just me, or was Hoffman really unconvincing as the villain of the film?.........PT Anderson's unique style was present in the film ( a plus).....I just did not love the film whatsoever..............hopefully my review helps future viewers of PUNCH DRUNK LOVE...more info
  • Or: Adam Sandlerys attempt at being taken seriously
    I rented this movie with an open mind. Sure, Adam Sandler is responsible for some of the dumbest comedies of recent times; but he's also done some very good ones- THE WEDDING SINGER, ANGER MANAGEMENT & 50 FIRST DATES as a case in point. Then there's the Rob Schneider comedies Sandler co-produced. And admittedly THE WATERBOY & HAPPY GILMORE were stupid but still reasonably enjoyable- plus there was the added incentive of ogling Fairuza Balk and Julie Bowen.- here we have Emily Watson but ..... More on that later.
    I also had high expectations for the movie when I saw Paul Thomas Anderson's name on the credits as director. BOOGIE NIGHTS was excellent and MAGNOLIA was very good (if half an hour overlong). Anderson managed to elicit a brilliant performance from Tom Cruise, and the climax with the plague of raining frogs ranks in my opinion as one of the coolest moments in recent cinema. Ingenious.
    Now Anderson has given the world PUNCH DRUNK LOVE. What can I say, except when I subjected myself to PUNCH DRUNK LOVE I was STONE COLD SOBER.
    Sandler plays Barry Egen; a na?ve, shy, sheltered young man whose life is dominated by his seven highly dysfunctional sisters who would drive any guy mad. Even Ron Jeremy and Randy West would be struggling to crawl out from under them, giving a frenetic "time-out" sign. Folks, this is The Brady Bunch as envisaged by Robert Crumb, with artistic pretension substituting for the laughs.
    At heart a kind, but lost and lonely soul, Barry has previously looked for companionship by calling phone sex hotlines - the women in question taking full advantage of his naivety and conning him into giving them his personal details and social security number, ending with Barry willingly allowing money to be extorted from him. Poor schmuck.
    But one day while working his dead-end warehouse job Barry finds himself struck by Cupid's Arrow when he lays eyes on the lovely Lena Leonard (played by the incredibly cute Emily Watson, who sadly is utterly wasted here). It turns out for some reason that Lena likes him a lot too, but the socially awkward Barry doesn't know how to build on their attraction. In time they have their first date and slowly but surely; love blossoms.
    Now, I'll admit that I don't mind the occasional love story if there's a good story or an interesting angle to it (e.g.: THE GRADUATE, SUMMER OF '42, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3- seriously!) but words almost fail me when it comes to describing this movie. The picture has a bright, chirpy look about it but its tone is very bland. It had the potential to be a good movie but Anderson's self indulgence swallows everything up and the result amounts to nothing more than 90 minutes of wasted time.
    However, every cloud has a silver lining, however brief, and here is some amusing dialogue from the love scene:
    Watson: "I wanna bite your cheek and chew on it coz it's so f***in' cute."
    Sandler: "I'm looking at your face and I just wanna smash it- I just wanna f***in smash it with a sledgehammer and squeeze, you're so pretty."
    Watson: "I wanna chew your face and I wanna scoop out your eyes and I wanna eat them and suck on them."
    Sandler: "OK" [pause] "This is funny." [Pause] "This is nice."
    So bear than in mind next time you're on a date and you experience one of those awkward silences!...more info
  • my first movie review
    This is the first movie review I have ever written. I wish I could have been doing something more pleasurable than watching this epic...like poking myself in the eye with an ice pick or lighting myself on fire. Wait, it gets worse...I actually bought this piece of camel dung.. .. I am going to loan it to a prick at work that I hate! No, I'll give it to him and refuse to take it back... Hurry, go see it!!...more info
  • As I just said that out loud I realize it sounded a little strange but it's not
    Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a child-man character prone to explosive anger, much like other Adam Sandler characters. But wait, this one is very different. Instead of a comedy, this is an art film where Sandler really delves deep into his character to find the source of his anger. It seems that his emotional development was stunted by the fact that with seven sisters, he was the only boy. They tease and torment him, but he can't really fight back, so it is all bottled up inside, except when it explodes in periodic outbursts.

    The story was inspired by an article in 'Time' magazine about a University of California civil engineer name David Phillips who took Healthy Choice up on their offer of frequent-flyer miles in exchange for purchasing their products. He bought 12,150 cups of pudding for just $3,000 and thereby acquired 1.25 million frequent-flyer miles (after waiting 6 to 8 weeks for them to process his coupons).

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    [Barry looks around... ]
    Barry: Healthy Choice and American Airlines got together and put this promotion: If you buy any 10 Healthy Choice products, they will reward you with 500 frequent flier miles; with this special coupon, they'll up it to 1,000 miles. So, I think they are trying to push their teriyaki chicken which is $1.79, but I went to the supermarket and I looked around and I saw that they had pudding... for 25 a cup... comes in packages of four. But insanely... the barcodes... are on the individual cups! So, quarter a cup, say you bought $2.50 worth. That's worth 500... with the coupon it's 1,000 miles. It's a marketing mistake but I'm taking advantage of it. If you were to spend $3,000, that would get you a million frequent flier miles. You would never have to pay for a ticket the rest of your life.
    Lena: You... you bought all that pudding so that you could get frequent flier miles?
    ==================================================

    Lena is played by Emily Watson. Barry's sisters both set him up and simultaneously try to sabotage the relationship, but by clever subterfuge he manages to keep it a secret. Besides the pudding, there is also a mysterious harmonium that 'falls off a truck' (no, really, it actually does) in the street by Barry's warehouse. Barry owns his own business, though when he wears a suit and tie in an attempt to project a professional image, his sisters still see him as their kid brother playing dress up.

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    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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    To further complicate things, he calls a phone sex line and gets ensnared in an extortion shake down. Dean Trumbell (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is a Mattress Salesman in Utah who orchestrates the plot.

    It is a very strange movie, but Barry finally confronts his problems with Lena, pudding, and the Mattress Man. For an Adam Sandler movie, it is quite empowering. Though he is not ready to "give a concert of anything" he does manage to make some music with his harmonium, and it meshes with the soundtrack in a most satisfying way.

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    Barry: I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.
    ===================================

    Paul Thomas Anderson is quite a director. The 2002 'Punch-Drunk Love' was quite different than other things he's done, such as 'There Will Be Blood' which won the Oscar for Daniel Day-Lewis, and it is also quite different from anything else Adam Sandler has done, or probably will ever do again. It is a quirky and strange movie, but well worth watching.

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    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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    FILMS DIRECTED BY PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON

    There Will Be Blood (2007)
    Magnolia (1999)
    Boogie Nights (1997)
    Hard Eight (Special Edition) (1996)

    FILM ROLES OF ADAM SANDLER

    Anger Management (Widescreen Edition) (2003) .... Dave Buznik
    Little Nicky (New Line Platinum Series) (2000) .... Nicky
    The Waterboy (1998) .... Robert 'Bobby' Boucher Jr.
    The Wedding Singer (1998) .... Robbie
    Shakes the Clown (1991) .... Dink the Clown

    FILM ROLE OF PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

    Capote (2005) .... Truman Capote

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    Lena: Oh... I'm sorry... was that like a secret pudding?
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    ...more info
  • Synchronicity, free will, and sociology
    This is a great film and Paul Thomas Anderson's best film to date. His off beat approach to depicting life and people in awkward situations and how they deal with it is a joy to watch. It seems a given that films be assembled with care, but most films today are assembled as if one was piling up leaves in a yard. Very few film makers assemble their films with the care and attention to detail that Anderson obviously gives to each and every shot and scene. Camerawork, sound, audio, score, & soundtrack are all carefully assembled and used to create a unique work of art. This is a film. This symphony of varying elements composed together in harmony or disharmony all contribute to the beautiful result that is this film.

    Synchronicity and the underlying power of the universe is used as a force that propels this film forward. Free will is also examined and together the two forces, whether at odds or in harmony help show how our lives are pushed and pulled by fate, internal and external forces, and perhaps pudding. The pudding story is true by the way. It was based on a real guy who discovered the exact mistake in marketing that Barry did in the film.

    Adam Sandler delivers the finest performance of his career and takes a huge step away from schlock comedy. Anderson proves himself as one of the finest film makers alive today. I will be eagerly awaiting his next feature....more info
  • yum
    So sweetly bizarre, this movie rocks.
    I never thought I cared for Adam Sandler and probably would have never seen an AS movie, but I'm glad I saw this one.

    A kind of love I love, shown so well I could smell it.

    And a good dose of the absurd thrown in.

    So unlike what you think of Sandler.

    "I love you so much I could punch your face in"

    My kind of love....more info
  • Wonderful
    It is beyond frustrating to listen to people talk about this movie as if they know what PTA's intentions were, or as if they secretly unlocked the mystery of the movie and the mystery of Sandler's and Watson's characters. When we watch this movie, we are given an outsiders view of the characters and their motives. We have no idea why Sandler is crazed and breaks his sister's husband's windows. Nor do we understand why Watson enjoys Sandler's company and pretty much falls in love with him. All of PTA's films have this theme and this constant mystery behind each character's relationship with one another. In Boogie Nights, Julliane Moore's character falls in love with Wahlberg almost immediately, without any reason or any justification. This is how the world of PTA works.

    I think Punch Drunk love is a unique and truly sophisticated movie. Yes, it is a character study and the plot is only the tail, and the dog is the character, but the visuals are undeniably the part of the movie that really stand out to me. The ambiguity of the artwork that is shown between scenes almost alludes to blotched spots that a psychiatrist asks his/her patients to interpret during a therapy sessions. PTA is almost acting as a psychiatrist to the viewer, making us interpret what this whole movie really means. Additionally, PTA always does a fantastic job making the action in scenes come out in quick and LOUD spurts. The beginning of this movie is slow and very quiet, almost tip-toeing around, and then all of a sudden...BOOM, a car comes out from no where and flips over, and then the Harmonium is abandoned. It creates a huge amount of tension for the viewer, almost making us anticipate that something horrible/exciting/unforeseeable is going to happen very soon.

    Additionally, PTA's use of color is phenomenal. The way he makes the colors brighter than they really should be, making some scenes glare as if they are not in focus, furthers this theme of disorder and ambiguity.

    All in all, I think people should give this movie a shot. It is an experience and is unlike any movie that is out there, and very different from PTA's other movies. I would say, however, that the movie that is most similar to Punch Drunk Love is There Will Be Blood. The love theme is not present, obviously, but the pace, the visual beauty and the character development being the central theme is the same as Punch Drunk Love. DDL and Sandler both run the show in both movies, and both do an excellent job keeping the viewer intrigued.

    5 Stars!...more info
  • Overpowering Music and Camera Work Attempt to Make Up for a Weak Script
    After seeing There Will Be Blood, I came to the conclusion that director Paul Thomas Anderson had made a director's film, one that will visually astound and attack all senses, without focusing much on story or making sure the script would have a good solid grip on the audience. It turns out, that realization would prove to define not only "There Will Be Blood," but also Paul Thomas Anderson as a director. The same strengths and the same weaknesses are very much at play in his 2002 film, "Punch Drunk Love," which I saw this weekend for the first time. I came in expecting to like it, because in the past, movies that bring comedic actors out of their comfort zones and into more dramatic territory have proven to be particularly moving. But, while Adam Sandler did a fantastic job as the socially awkward (to put it lightly) Barry Egan, the script wasn't strong enough to make this film as good as it thinks it is.

    The concept and story fascinates me, and there were parts of the movie where I thought I was about to fall in love. Barry's dialogue is often very good, showing a man who realistically fumbles through conversations (Spitting out "Business is food" when asked how business is), so the script at least has that going for it. But instead of going anywhere real with the story, all of the potential is sort of muffled and shoved to the side in favor of over-extravagant camera work, long shots that drag on and on, and overpowering music that distinctly tries to lead the viewer by hand through the movie, because the script wasn't enough to do so. "Punch Drunk Love" isn't horrible, and there are even moments of excellence, but the director's bloated sense of self-importance and emphasis of technique over true depth ensure that the movie would never reach its potential.

    5/10...more info
  • "Punch Drunk Boring Waste of Time"
    I was well aware that this film was not going to be the funny Adam Sandler we are all accustomed to before I rented it. However, I was expecting a good offbeat serious movie.

    It was HORRIBLE! BORING! By far one of THE WORST movies I have ever seen in my entire life! I stuck with it assuming that there simply must be a point to it all. I was desperately clinging to the false hope that perhaps he would just explode or something...but I got nothing. NOTHING! I was tragically upset when it was over that I would never, ever get back those 2 hours of my precious life. I thought about suing the filmmaker for robbing me of those 2 hours, but decided instead that it must have been the universe punishing me for something wrong I've done in my lifetime. Let me redeem myself by doing something nice for other people: Don't bother watching this film, I will tell you what it all boils down to and prevent you from shaving 2 hours off your life... "If you call a phone sex line, you are expected to pay for those calls." The end, that's all, that was the point. ...more info
  • As I just said that out loud I realize it sounded a little strange but it's not
    Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a child-man character prone to explosive anger, much like other Adam Sandler characters. But wait, this one is very different. Instead of a comedy, this is an art film where Sandler really delves deep into his character to find the source of his anger. It seems that his emotional development was stunted by the fact that with seven sisters, he was the only boy. They tease and torment him, but he can't really fight back, so it is all bottled up inside, except when it explodes in periodic outbursts.

    The story was inspired by an article in 'Time' magazine about a University of California civil engineer name David Phillips who took Healthy Choice up on their offer of frequent-flyer miles in exchange for purchasing their products. He bought 12,150 cups of pudding for just $3,000 and thereby acquired 1.25 million frequent-flyer miles (after waiting 6 to 8 weeks for them to process his coupons).

    ---------------------------------
    [Barry looks around... ]
    Barry: Healthy Choice and American Airlines got together and put this promotion: If you buy any 10 Healthy Choice products, they will reward you with 500 frequent flier miles; with this special coupon, they'll up it to 1,000 miles. So, I think they are trying to push their teriyaki chicken which is $1.79, but I went to the supermarket and I looked around and I saw that they had pudding... for 25 a cup... comes in packages of four. But insanely... the barcodes... are on the individual cups! So, quarter a cup, say you bought $2.50 worth. That's worth 500... with the coupon it's 1,000 miles. It's a marketing mistake but I'm taking advantage of it. If you were to spend $3,000, that would get you a million frequent flier miles. You would never have to pay for a ticket the rest of your life.
    Lena: You... you bought all that pudding so that you could get frequent flier miles?
    ==================================================

    Lena is played by Emily Watson. Barry's sisters both set him up and simultaneously try to sabotage the relationship, but by clever subterfuge he manages to keep it a secret. Besides the pudding, there is also a mysterious harmonium that 'falls off a truck' (no, really, it actually does) in the street by Barry's warehouse. Barry owns his own business, though when he wears a suit and tie in an attempt to project a professional image, his sisters still see him as their kid brother playing dress up.

    -----------------------------------------------
    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.
    ========================================================

    To further complicate things, he calls a phone sex line and gets ensnared in an extortion shake down. Dean Trumbell (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is a Mattress Salesman in Utah who orchestrates the plot.

    It is a very strange movie, but Barry finally confronts his problems with Lena, pudding, and the Mattress Man. For an Adam Sandler movie, it is quite empowering. Though he is not ready to "give a concert of anything" he does manage to make some music with his harmonium, and it meshes with the soundtrack in a most satisfying way.

    ----------------------
    Barry: I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.
    ===================================

    Paul Thomas Anderson is quite a director. The 2002 'Punch-Drunk Love' was quite different than other things he's done, such as 'There Will Be Blood' which won the Oscar for Daniel Day-Lewis, and it is also quite different from anything else Adam Sandler has done, or probably will ever do again. It is a quirky and strange movie, but well worth watching.

    ---------------------------
    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.
    ==========================================

    FILMS DIRECTED BY PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON

    There Will Be Blood (2007)
    Magnolia (1999)
    Boogie Nights (1997)
    Hard Eight (Special Edition) (1996)

    FILM ROLES OF ADAM SANDLER

    Anger Management (Widescreen Edition) (2003) .... Dave Buznik
    Little Nicky (New Line Platinum Series) (2000) .... Nicky
    The Waterboy (1998) .... Robert 'Bobby' Boucher Jr.
    The Wedding Singer (1998) .... Robbie
    Shakes the Clown (1991) .... Dink the Clown

    FILM ROLE OF PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

    Capote (2005) .... Truman Capote

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    Lena: Oh... I'm sorry... was that like a secret pudding?
    ================================
    ...more info
  • Sleeper that needs a few more hours rest...
    OK- I am a PT Anderson Fan. OK- I am a film fan. OK- I am a fan of artsy movies. But I was not a fan of Punch Drunk Love.

    Here, we have an example of a great director trying to be someone he's not; is he a victim of the masses who expect something a slight bit on the quirky side? or was he going for the "art film" look in every shot just because he could?

    Either way, it does not succeed in my book. I've loved PT Anderson's films up until this point, but with this one, it seemed like he was trying too hard to impress the audience and give them (us) something new. For me, it didn't work. It MAY have worked with a first time director trying to find his/her style, but not a vet who already has both a mainstream AND a cult following. This one tried too hard to satisfy that cult following- and this member of that cult saw right through the artsy stuff and wondered why he chose to do something that's so obviously "fake."

    Sadly, 6/10...more info
  • Most people just don't get movies like this
    This movie is not for everyone. It's not mainstream, doesn't have action, moves a little slow, is very bizzare, contains Adam Sandlers best performance, has a little piano that is still a mystery, is comical at times, very dark, deep, mysterious, it seems boring to most people, because they want something simple that makes simple ordinary sense, some people think its a waste of time to even watch, is nothing like you've ever seen before, the special features, I'll admit make less sense then the movie, but for some reason I love this movie the more I watch it, It connects to me in some strange way that is quite beautiful, I can't really explain it, but I'll try the best I can by saying it's a wonderful, obscure, uniquely filmed, dreamlike, dark, sad, strange, moving...Ok I'm not good at describing how I feel about something honestly, I just know for sure this movie moves me in some crazy way that makes me think about life and love like never before. Anyways, movies like this I get, love and I don't care what kind of silly reviews it gets, 3 1/2 stars though? Wow! Like I said, most people just don't get movies like this. I know my Mom wouldn't like it, she likes your everyday, same plot different characters, ooo will they get together romantic comedies, well they always get together, it just happens to be in a different way everytime, so you think, romantic comedies are not real, that doesn't happen, life isn't that easy, it's just the same thing over and over. Well that was quite a bit of run on sentences. It just dawned on me I think the piano represents his relationship with the girl, it comes out of no where, she comes out of no where, he tapes it up fixing their relationship, something like that, I think he gives her the piano(his heart). Whatever, I'm just rambling, this movie is one of my favorites of all time, it puts me into a world of huh?...more info
  • Dreadful film
    I was interested in this film because I had seen several very good reviews of it when it first came out. I also had been impressed with some of Sandler's more serious roles, such as in Spanglish and his wonderful straight man performance in Anger Management. Unfortunately, this film just didn't do it for me. It was dull, dull, dull. I had no sympathy at all for Sandler's character. None of the other characters held much interest for me, either. I love Seymour Phillip Hoffman and Emily Watson, but they were wasted in this annoying film. while I admire Anderson's films, I don't always like the characters in them. With this film, I didn't like either the characters or the direction....more info
  • punch drunk stupid...
    I have to say, I'm a huge Adam Sandler fan, which is why I rented this movie. BIG MISTAKE. Not only was it his worst movie, but it was just TERRIBLE for any movie. The plot was not well developped... you didnt know where the characters were going, and seeing Sandler's character and his interactions, just made me feel uncomfortable watching it (sortof how seeing really nervous people makes you feel nervous yourself). Certainly don't buy it, and don't even waste $3 at the movie store renting it. If you want classic Sandler laughs, try Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, 50 1st Dates, or Little Nicky.... ...more info
  • Major letdown from one of my favorite directors
    I am a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson's movies, yet for some reason (besides knowing beforehand that this was not one of his amazing Altmaneque multi-character studies and my general skepticism about Adam Sandler as an actor), my gut told me to take a pass when this movie first came out. Since enough time had passed since it came out, and knowing that both Sandler and the movie received critical acclaim, I decided to give it a shot.

    The movie starts out in an imaginative manner and thankfully does not neatly tell you everything that you need to know about its leading character (wonderfully played by Adam Sandler in a role that shows a totally different layer of what he has to offer as an actor) nor where the movie will be heading. As most of us know, most of the movies that come out are created by committee, focus groups, commercial tie-ins, and seem to have a contractual obligation to secure a box office friendly PG-13 rating, and simply too many stakeholders. So one has to at least be thankful that PTA, like Spike Jonz (I loved "Being John Malkovich" and liked some of "Adaptation") just to name another young director, has enough clout to work in a relatively independent without having to waver from their vision. It's not everyday that movies like "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia" are allowed to make it to the screen while moving at a slow pace and sometimes clocking in at over 3 hours as is the case with PTA or gets to make a movie as original as "Being John Malkovich" in the case of Jonz.

    That about all the positive that I can squeeze out from "Punch Drunk Love", which the exception that PTA manages to tell his story in less than 90 minutes and he has not lost his ability to have a character's words sound like those of real people. His talent is never more evident than in scenes highlighting the awkward dialogue that characters sometimes engage in. Since I hate to give anything away as I hate it when reviewers tell you much more than is needed to get you to make up your mind as to whether to see a movie or not, I will say that Sandler's character is not your typical movie character and I venture to say that there is a little of him in all of us; notwithstanding the character is impossible to get to know and becomes annoyingly close to acting like Dustin Hoffman's character in "Rain Man."

    Although the lead character's psychological challenges are universal and could make for an interesting character study in the tradition of most of most of John Cassavette's movies or Martin Scorcese's "Taxi Driver" and "Alice Does Not Live Here Anymore," here we are bombarded with a sameness that feels like watching paint dry. There is some background at the macro level to possibly explain part of his behavior, but it's more frustrating than illuminating. Any scene involving his family is like nails on a chalkboard and that may have been PTA's intent, but although no character has to be likable to be interesting, this bunch almost makes Neal LaButte's characters seem downright lovable. Also, the family's role in Sandler's condition is too simplistic and played way too broadly and don't work on either a serious or comedic level.

    Also, this movie was marketed as a love story, there is little love about this movie, especially when you take into account that Sandler's alleged love interest, played the talented Emily Watson. She almost seems like an afterthought and the movie really does not take the time to establish the why or even how of this alleged couple should be or are together. She is essentially the maybe/maybe not "girlfriend" character that correctly frustrates movie actresses who don't want to appear as an appendage to a central character every time a film is greenlighted. Also as hard as Watson tries, Sandler has zero chemistry with her. She ALMOST manages to do this alone, but Sandler's superb acting can't quite stretch far enough to show at least a glimpse of why Watson's character would be drawn to him in any way.

    Even more frustrating is a secondary yet central plot involving a credit card and phone sex. The whole concept may have looked good on paper but the execution is so tired and has a second rate soap opera feel. I would compare it to the last of act of "Adaptation." Here the offense is even worse because it seems to contradict the pace of the movie and to me serve as a cop out to create tension and try to use tape to try to bring some cohesiveness to where Anderson's wants to take the plot. I'll take true character development over plot development any minute of the day and I was surprised to see the movie move away from what it was trying to do, albeit unsuccessfully.

    I can't believe that I am only giving a movie made by PTA what I think is generous two stars, and mostly due to Adam Sandler's performance, PTA's talent for dialogue, and for continuing to break formulaic cinema mantras. With the exception of this movie, PTA's work to date merits at least 4 or even 5 stars, and I hope that he returns or rather moves forward to continue what should be a long career as a writer/director.

    Some may feel that anyone who did not like this movie is either lazy or unsophisticated because he/she may have expect neatly tied up plots and loveable characters, but this is quite a bumper sticker generalization as many of us truly love unconventional movies but just did not happen to like this one. For example some may not have liked "Memento" because it did not fit the mold and it was not told in linear fashion, but those are two of the many reasons why I loved it. PTL's previous movies, as well as some recent foreign successes ("Amores Perros" and "Y Tu Mama Tambien, just to name a couple) are also examples of independent fare that I found to be truly brilliant. In the same fashion that huge budget extravaganzas don't necessarily make for a bad movie, the independent banner does not assure a great one either. If anyone doubts that latter, just try and sit through "Buffalo 66" and get back to me....more info

  • Not an enjoyable movie expeirence
    Sorry Folks but I found this movie excruciatingly painful to watch & extremely boring. ...more info
  • Underrated and Misunderstood
    When this movie came out, people categorized it as another movie where Adam Sandler exhibits his proclivity for picking and playing characters with anger management problems. This miscategorization caused a lot of people to either miss the movie, or became so swayed that they didn't realize the true point of the film. Others were so turned off by the random violence in the movie. All these things led the weak-minded and easily swayed film-goers to either miss the film completely, or paint it the wrong color.

    Punch-drunk Love is a perfect exhibition of romance between two people who aren't normal. Not abnormal retarded abnormal, or mentally ill and crippled abnormal; just not like everyone else. What people did not see in this movie was the source of Barry Egan's (Sandler) frustration: it was his sisters that were crazy and it was them who drove him to utter frustration! His random acts of violence were the result of the boiling points his sisters constantly pushed him to. The rest of the movie let the viewer watch Barry reconcile the life everyone told him to live, the life he was living, and the life he wanted to live (and who he wanted to live with).

    There were very light moments to counter balance the emotional, very subtle jokes, and an exhibition of great acting. Adam Sandler proved that he can conceive and portray multi-dimensional characters.

    This DVD is packed with extras that make this movie that much more special. I got it the day it hit the shelves and will cherish it among my other favorites. Don't miss this one!...more info

  • Punch-Drunk Perfection
    Right off, I want to say that I'm a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson. Boogie Nights and Magnolia are two of the best ensemble pieces I've ever seen. Needless to say, I was quite surprised when I heard that he'd done a small picture, a love story, and that it starred Adam Sandler. But that was only the beginning of the surprises, as I soon found out...

    Sandler plays Barry Egan, a quiet, lonely guy who is experiencing a degree of emotional angst about life. He's trying to make his business prosper, dealing with seven nagging sisters (all of whom badger him relentlessly about life, love, etc...), and yet finds himself swinging from sobbing uncontrollably to abject rage from time to time, with no apparent reason. In a lonely moment, he indulges in a phone-sex scam with unfortunate consequences. He's also buying up lots of groceries in an attempt to gain a million free air miles and meanwhile, a romance is blossoming with Lena (Emily Watson), a friend of one of his sisters. With me so far?

    The real beauty of this film is in its imagery and simplicity. Barry and Lena are imperfect people trying to connect in an imperfect world. Anderson gives an amazing amount of trust to the actors to portray these people honestly, and it works wonderfully. They are able to convey a universe of emotion with very few words, and the connection seems so real, so tangible, that just watching them is almost like falling in love. The use of music, always excellent in Anderson's films, is just as perfect here and I have to say, the scene in which Barry and Lena walk down a hotel hallway in Hawaii with the song Maui Chimes playing quietly in the background, as he takes her hand and the camera irises in on their hands as they round a corner is quite possibly the sweetest love scene I've never seen. An earlier scene in which the two meet in the same hotel is done all in silhouette, and the effect is brilliant and beautiful. I'm getting all teary-eyed just thinking about it.

    Luis Guzman and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, two of Anderson's stock cast of actors, as usual, turn in great performances and it makes me happy to see that Anderson appreciates the quality of these actors as much as many of us do. And though it appears that Sandler has returned to his more familiar genre of movies, he shows us that he really does have the chops to play serious, character-driven roles and with luck, we'll see more performances of this caliber from him in the future....more info

  • Sadistic Sandler....
    This is the only Adam Sandler film I have sat through from beginning to end (I have seen SNL sketches and snippets of his work), and the film is certainly interesting, though it is not as mind blowing as many critics said it was. I always felt there was a sadistic side to Sandler in a lot of his comedy, a love of being cruel and malicious to people. Granted, many comedians are very angry people, but Sandler seems to have a vicious streak in him 3000 miles wide, and this is brought to the fore in Punch Drunk Love. Sandler seems like he could lose it at any moment, with 7 annoying sisters and a horrid job. I think we're supposed to find sympathy for Sandler, but we don't, because he isn't really a nice guy, but a guy who lets people walk all over him, and seems poised to take revenge by going on a shooting spree. The film itself feels disjointed, and as many others have pointed out, one doesn't believe when the Emily Watson character falls in love with Adam's character. She's relatively normal, and he is teetering on complete insanity. If she had been a tad more insane, it may have worked. Sandler's performance, while good, was not Oscar worthy (as critics were screaming "Oscar buzz! Oscar buzz!"). This is an OK film that is really kind of a mess. Sandler gets a point or two for trying something new, but it's still not very good.... ...more info
  • Zero stars if I could!
    Wow, this was actually worse than Lost In Translation! Seriously, I watched this movie waiting and waiting and waiting for it to get better. It was one of those where you don't ewant to turn it off because SOMETHING has to happen...but, alas, it doesn't. I recommend that you stay clear of this movie and get something with substance. I have never been so bored in all of my life. The saddest part of this movie was that I PAID to rent it. ...more info
  • I dont get it...
    This movie was terrible. I understand that Sandler wasnt trying to be funny in this one, but it made absolutely no sense. It kind of reminded me of a Cheech and Chong flick when they just
    ad libbed an entire movie. Dont bother....more info
  • Quirkiness Abound
    Paul Thomas Anderson continues to impress me with his films. This is in stark contrast to his three prior films (Hard Eight (Special Edition), Boogie Nights (New Line Platinum Series), Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series)). This film only features two main characters. Adam Sandler does a wonderful job playing the neurotic Barry.

    It's a love story, in one of the most unconventional ways. Barry almost won't let himself love. ANd it's a wonderful film watching him actually get there.

    The two disc set includes scopitones, artwork, deleted scenes, and a few other things. It's quite worth a watch.

    Highly recommended....more info
  • More Adam Sandler, please!
    Once in a while, actors that are involved in only one genre branch out and show the whole wide world that they can truly act. Adam Sandler FINALLY did just that! 'Punch Drunk Love' is the story of a 'normal neurotic' who's life is just giving him lemons (and he doesn't really know how to make lemonade). Some parts of this film are just so darkly funny that laughing aloud seems the only solution. Seven tauntingly loudmouthed sisters, unrelenting phone pornographers, and utter stupidity are just some of Barry Egan's problems.

    When something finally goes right in his life, finding Lena, something far worse happens.

    I didn't find this movie highly symbolic, which is a common trait of many independent or art-house films, but it is a wonderful dark comedy. I only hope to see Sandler in more provocative movies like this in the future....more info