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While Punch-Drunk Love is aggressively idiosyncratic, it most certainly fits thematically with Paul Thomas Anderson's other works. Hard Eight is about a man creating a new family in order to overcome the guilt he feels for destroying his own; Boogie Nights is about creating a new family to escape the dysfunction of one's biological family; and Magnolia is about confronting and making peace with family members. Punch-Drunk is about a man so emotionally henpecked by his seven sisters that only the love of a woman ...
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Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman, Mary Lynn Rajskub May 20, 2008 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 95 mins. Aspect ratio: ... 2.35: 1. Originally released: 2002. Does NOT include Zohan Movie Ticket. STILL FACTORY SEALED. Paul Thomas Anderson follows 1999's MAGNOLIA with the intensely compelling character study PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE. Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a quiet, shy, socially awkward man with an office in an out-of-the-way warehouse. He is dedicated to his job as a wholesale toilet plunger salesman, he keeps a nice apartment, and he is obsessed with special offers on grocery store products. Barry's latest fixation is on frequent flier miles included with the purchase of Healthy Choice foods. Barry wears a bright blue suit, though he doesn't know why. With seven outspoken sisters, Barry is constantly being nagged, questioned, and berated. He is challenged to explain the reasons for his actions, and it eventually becomes clear that Barry cannot control his Read more Show Less

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While Punch-Drunk Love is aggressively idiosyncratic, it most certainly fits thematically with Paul Thomas Anderson's other works. Hard Eight is about a man creating a new family in order to overcome the guilt he feels for destroying his own; Boogie Nights is about creating a new family to escape the dysfunction of one's biological family; and Magnolia is about confronting and making peace with family members. Punch-Drunk is about a man so emotionally henpecked by his seven sisters that only the love of a woman can get him to break through the layers of defensiveness he has constructed around his inner self. Adam Sandler is superb as Barry Egan. Anderson has successfully integrated the violent subtext of Sandler's comedic persona and transformed that element of his personality from something that gets laughs into something that engenders sympathy and communicates deep psychological issues. Anderson's precise framings as well as his superb feel for sound and music are on display throughout the film. The style and substance of the film meld superbly throughout, but never more so than during the extended shot involving Barry talking to a phone sex operator. The single take communicates his lonesome existence by revealing the sparsely decorated rooms, while Sandler's performance in the scene expresses his desire to change as well as the difficulty he faces in his attempts to make those changes. The whole film is tight, controlled, and utterly charming. Disquietingly odd and richly emotional, Punch-Drunk Love continues to show why Paul Thomas Anderson may be the most interesting filmmaker of his generation. Perry Seibert
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
A sweet yet anti-romantic comedy sharing some of the quirky sensibilities of The Royal Tenenbaums, Punch-Drunk Love marks a major creative step for both writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson and star Adam Sandler. The story centers on regular schlub Barry Egan Sandler, who is so beaten down by life and his seven sisters that he is prone to obscene fits of rage. When Barry finds himself in a budding relationship with the more normal Lena Emily Watson, the movie mulls the question of whether or not his personality disorder will jeopardize their love. Punch-Drunk's brilliance doesn't come from its plot, though, as evidenced by meandering subplots involving extortion, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a whole lot of pudding. Rather, what makes this surprising film such a dizzy ride is its unremittingly warped sense of humor and Anderson's masterful use of Sandler. Unlike Happy Gilmore getting a laugh for beating up Bob Barker, here Barry, while on a date, gets booted from a restaurant because he chooses to vent his frustration on the establishment's restroom. What used to be funny for Sandler is suddenly tragic. Still, as he opens up to Watson and tries to get "better," we see that Barry is a much deeper, more emotional character than any Sandler has played before. Does that make for a big laugh or a romantic tear-jerker? The film's absurd romantic theme song -- Shelly Duvall warbling as Olive Oyl from the soundtrack of Robert Altman's Popeye 1980 -- might indicate that it's supposed to be a bit of both.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
While Punch-Drunk Love is aggressively idiosyncratic, it most certainly fits thematically with Paul Thomas Anderson's other works. Hard Eight is about a man creating a new family in order to overcome the guilt he feels for destroying his own; Boogie Nights is about creating a new family to escape the dysfunction of one's biological family; and Magnolia is about confronting and making peace with family members. Punch-Drunk is about a man so emotionally henpecked by his seven sisters that only the love of a woman can get him to break through the layers of defensiveness he has constructed around his inner self. Adam Sandler is superb as Barry Egan. Anderson has successfully integrated the violent subtext of Sandler's comedic persona and transformed that element of his personality from something that gets laughs into something that engenders sympathy and communicates deep psychological issues. Anderson's precise framings as well as his superb feel for sound and music are on display throughout the film. The style and substance of the film meld superbly throughout, but never more so than during the extended shot involving Barry talking to a phone sex operator. The single take communicates his lonesome existence by revealing the sparsely decorated rooms, while Sandler's performance in the scene expresses his desire to change as well as the difficulty he faces in his attempts to make those changes. The whole film is tight, controlled, and utterly charming. Disquietingly odd and richly emotional, Punch-Drunk Love continues to show why Paul Thomas Anderson may be the most interesting filmmaker of his generation.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
1/2
Anderson orchestrates a comic romance like no other. The effect is intoxicating. Sandler and the movie will knock you for a loop.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
In this movie, you'll see Sandler like you've never seen him. He doesn't metamorphose into Kevin Spacey before your eyes. But he gives -- and this is easy to declare, and I don't care if they quote me -- the performance of his life.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
The film is exhilarating to watch because Sandler, liberated from the constraints of formula, reveals unexpected depths as an actor.
Variety - Todd McCarthy
Entirely unpredictable and marked by audacious strokes of directorial bravado.

1/2
Anderson orchestrates a comic romance like no other. The effect is intoxicating. Sandler and the movie will knock you for a loop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • UPC: 043396255913
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Barry Egan
Emily Watson Lena Leonard
Philip Seymour Hoffman Dean Trumbell
Luis Guzman Lance
Mary Lynn Rajskub Elizabeth
Technical Credits
Paul Thomas Anderson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
William Arnold Production Designer
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Brion Score Composer
Sue Chan Art Director
Dan Collins Associate Producer
Adam Druxman Asst. Director
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Jay R. Hart Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Jones Editor
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Cassandra Kulukundis Casting
Daniel Lupi Producer
Lori Noyes Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Scarabosio Sound/Sound Designer
Joanne Sellar Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Punch-Drunk Love
1. Harmonium Drop [3:07]
2. Lena Drops [4:18]
3. Punch-Drunk Melody [8:15]
4. Smell of Blood [4:45]
5. Pudding [1:38]
6. Phone Sex [7:15]
7. Good Morning [12:17]
8. Provo [1:33]
9. Date Scene [4:16]
10. Don't Say a Thing [1:20]
11. Wherever You're Going, Whatever You're Doing [3:17]
12. Alien Abduction [2:44]
13. More Pudding Plan [2:31]
14. He Needs Me [:17]
15. Waikiki (Ladies K) [3:04]
16. Moana Chimes [6:23]
17. Kahala [1:42]
18. The Art of Travel [2:15]
19. Soft Shoe At Hospital [2:38]
20. That's That [2:03]
21. Harmonium [4:50]
22. Here We Go [3:12]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Punch-Drunk Love
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   Scene Selections
   Audio Set-Up
      English 5.1 EX
      English DTS
      English Dolby Surround
      French/Fran├žais
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Fran├žais
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie, not such a great DVD package

    This is an amazing movie and one of my favorites. If you are looking for a typical Adam Sandler comedy then look elsewhere. If you are familiar with PTA's other work then you should have a better idea of what to expect. The reason I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars though is because the second disc really isnt worth the extra money and because the DVD lacks a commentary track which would have been much appreciated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Piece of Art

    This movie is a wonderful film that breaks standard romantic comedy conventions and knowlingly plays off of others. Amazing acting from Adam Sandler coupled with wonderful directing. Paul Thomas Anderson's (director) strong visual sensibilities knock viewers for a loop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Uncomfortable Pleasure

    This film is not intended for viewing while you are drinking with loud friends, coming in and out of the room while doing laundry, or talking to your sister who's spending the summer overseas. Sadly, a lot of people probably expected just that type of experience upon sitting down to watch this film. However, by the time this made it to DVD, the majority of film enthusiasts had probably heard the word on the street...that this is not your typical Sandler movie. That being said, this is a great film dealing with issues that most people who wouldn't enjoy it find disturbing, and that is most likely the very reason some will not give it a chance. This movie does what good art is supposed to do...present something new and make you think. Is it too coffee house for most Billy Madison fans? Sure. Is it different than Magnolia and Boogie Nights? Yes. But stepping to the side and doing something a little different is what makes it fresh and durable. Those who can enjoy it will be pulling it out of their collection for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Original, Witty, and Consuming

    Refrain from seeking Billy Madison here; Instead find an original, unique, and tragic look into the results of poor and wise choices, familial influence, and the real power of love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    P. T. Anderson and Adam Sandler: an unexpected brilliant team

    If you thought P. T. Anderson would never be able to atop Magnolia, you better think again. Instead of distributing emotions in a great number of characters, here we can see deep in the soul of a lonely man (Sandler) as he fights to break the walls he had to build to protect himself from his seven sister, but that ended isolating him from everyone else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Contrary to the Above...

    I believe the other consumer review was written by an angry little man incapable of appreciating something so wonderful as this film. Paul Thomas Anderson is remarkable, and this film is further proof of that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I want a refund for the movie rental fee

    The only thing I liked about the movie was that I didn't pay to watch it in the movie theater. I was looking forward to seeing Adam Sandler in a more serious role but this movie was just too bizarre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Emperor's Clothes

    It's one of these arty little films where we're meant to get what the director is on about and see how deep and clever it is and it's just not cool to say otherwise. In truth, it's complete and utter nonsense. Adam Sandler has made some brilliant films and there is certainly more to his acting than just making us laugh. He's also made some howlers though, and I'm afraid this is one of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hmmmm

    There was no punch and there were no drunks. I feel ripped off.

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