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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
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Jason Andrews ...
Operator Carter (voice)
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Plastic (voice)
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David Schrempf ...
Customer #1
Seann Conway ...
Customer #2
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Rico
Hazel Mailloux ...
Rhonda
Karen Kilgariff ...
Anna (voice)
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Kathleen
Salvador Curiel ...
Sal
Jorge Barahona ...
Jorge
Ernesto Quintero ...
Ernesto
Julius Steuer ...
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Barry Egan hates himself and hates his life. The only male among eight siblings, Barry is treated poorly by his overbearing sisters. Despite owning his own business, he has gotten nowhere in life largely because of his insecurities. He leads a solitary life, which allows him to hide his violent outbursts that occur when he's frustrated. His solitude however allows him to think, he stumbling upon a scheme to travel the world on a pittance, travel which he has never done. Concurrently, he meets two people who pull him in two different directions. The first is Lena Leonard, a friend of his sister Elizabeth. Barry is slow to realize that Lena is attracted to him, he making her make all the first moves. Lena is eventually able to get Barry out of his shell, she who sticks around despite his obvious problems. His burgeoning relationship and thus new life with Lena is threatened by the second, "Georgia", who he contacted in an effort to alleviate his loneliness. Georgia and her "band of ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for strong language including a scene of sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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1 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Just Desserts  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$367,203, 13 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,844,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,665,649
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2.39 : 1
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As sound is a major player in the film, Paul Thomas Anderson brought in Gary Rydstrom to do the sound mixing. Rydstrom, who is the chief sound editor for Pixar, is more noted for his work on big noisy special effects movies, notably through his long-term association with Steven Spielberg, for whom he worked on Jurassic Park (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). See more »

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During the first conversation between Dean and Barry, we see palm trees outside the mattress shop in Provo, Utah. Palm trees do not grow in Provo, Utah. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barry: Yes, I'm still on hold.
Phone Rep: And what was this?
Barry: I'm looking at your advertisement for the airline promotion and giveaway.
Phone Rep: Ah, the 10 for 1 mile plan...
Barry: Yeah, it's hard to understand, because it says "in addition to". But I can't exactly understand in addition to what? Because there's actually nothing to add to.
Phone Rep: I think that's a typo then.h
Barry: Okay, so just to clarify - I'm sorry - 10 purchases of any of your healthy choice products equals 500 miles, and with the coupon, the same purchase ...
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.66 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

He Needs Me
Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Shelley Duvall
Produced by Bruce Robb & Harry Nilsson
Recorded, Engineered & Mixed by Bruce Robb at Cherokee Studios
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures
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The stuff dreams are made of.
29 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw Punch Drunk Love at the Gothenburg film festival today and I was totally overwhelmed by it. I had really looked forward to it since I love Paul Thomas Anderson's earlier films. Magnolia is still among my top five favourite movies ever and my expectations were therefore almost too high. I must admit I was sceptical of Adam Sandler playing a serious part. But he makes fantastic interpretation of his character Barry Egan, a small business owner pushed around by his seven (!) sisters who's miserable life takes a turn when he meets love in Emily Watson's character. Watson makes a beautiful portrait of the mysterious and lonely Lena who falls in love with Barry.

The movie isn't just well acted, it's also magnificent to watch. The camerawork is exquisite and Anderson really shows of his visual talent. Every frame in the one and a half hour film could be frozen and displayed as a piece of art. But the most impressive thing in the film is still Adam Sandler. Every word, expression and nuance is perfect and genuine. If this doesn't deserve an Oscar nomination I don't now what will. His performance is superior to the last five winners.

Punch Drunk Love is the way a movie should be. It's the way you wish all movies were like and I wish I could hang it on my wall. The poster will have to do.


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