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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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Just Desserts  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$367,203 (USA) (11 October 2002)

Gross:

$17,791,031 (USA) (13 December 2002)
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Trivia

When Barry says, "Business is very food," it was actually only a typo that the director decided to keep. In the movie Popeye (1980) there's a song called 'Everything is Food' (though not included on the sound-track album) by Harry Nilsson. The song 'He Needs Me', by Harry Nilsson, which is featured prominently in 'Punch-Drunk Love', is originally from the Popeye sound-track. This is a strange coincidence because while Barry used the word "food" in place of "good" as an accidental slip of the tongue which originated from an error in the script, in Popeye the word "food" was used in place of "good" as an intended play on words. See more »

Goofs

When Barry boards the flight to Hawaii, he wears the blue suit with the red tie he wears throughout most of the film. When he is shown sitting in his seat talking to the man next to him, his tie is yellow. The next scene, showing him leaving the Hawaii Airport, he wears the red tie again. 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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The end credits are presented over the colorful artwork that appears throughout the movie. See more »

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Waikiki
Written by Andy Cummings
Performed by Ladies K
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This is a wonderful movie
14 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie (my opinion) and here's why...it shows two characters falling in love and acting stupid. They don't have all the right things to say to each other; they get scared; they walk away and wish they had said something, anything other than what they did/didn't say; they get embarrassed, they giggle and snort...and the list goes on.

If you don't like this movie, it's OK. I think this is the kind of movie that is sorta just sitting there, waiting for the "right" people to see it and nod their heads and smile and say, yes, this is how it is. It's quiet and doesn't scream for people to pay attention to it; it's just there. It doesn't make any promises and it doesn't need to.

The storyline may veer from "real" life, but these two characters pretty much get it--what people do when they are very much "in love" with someone.


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