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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 November 2002 (USA)
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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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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)
Julie Hermelin ...
Kathleen
Salvador Curiel ...
Sal
Jorge Barahona ...
Jorge
Ernesto Quintero ...
Ernesto
Julius Steuer ...
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Barry Egan runs his own company, is continually hounded by his seven sisters, and every now and then gets a tiny bit violent. One odd morning a harmonium first appears in the street then a striking young lady asks for his help with her car. She re-appears a few days later and there seems to be a spark between them, but can they possibly cut through his seemingly over-complicated life and his somewhat unusual interpersonal skills? Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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)  »

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Just Desserts  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£322,921 (UK) (14 February 2003)
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Just as the film was entering production, the long-term relationship between star 'Mary-Lynn Rajskub' and composer Jon Brion came to end, which meant that during the scoring process there were days where Brion was forced to watch his ex-girlfriend on-screen for up to 8 hours at a time. In order to heal from the experience, Brion urged Fiona Apple to work on some songs for a new album. Coincidentally, the resulting album was "Extraordinary Machine", which is widely speculated to be about Apple's break-up from the film's writer/director, Paul Thomas Anderson. See more »

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After the brothers smash into Barry's car and it stops spinning, blood trickles from Lena's scalp and onto her cheek. When Barry returns to the car after beating up the brothers, there is no blood on Lena's face. See more »

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[first lines]
Barry: Yes, I'm still on hold.
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Barry: I'm looking at your advertisement for the airline promotion and giveaway.
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A slight departure from P.T. Anderson's `usual'
20 April 2004 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

Being a big fan of P.T. Anderson's work since I saw `Boogie Nights' (about 3 times in one week at the theater) years ago, I anxiously awaited the release of his latest film. Then I heard it starred Adam Sandler, who is one of my least favorite actors of all time, but even then I figured that if anyone is going to make me not want to start throwing things at Sandler's image, it would be Anderson. After all, he got me to respect Tom Cruise after seeing `Magnolia'. When I finally got to see the film this past weekend (after wanting to see the film for about a year) I wasn't disappointed, and I found that my trust was not misplaced. Anderson took Sandler and turned him into a sad sack who is so psychologically screwed up he would be an analyst's dream. Emily Watson is his perfect counterpart as a classy yet extremely quirky love interest.

The content is pure P.T. Anderson. There are issues that are brought up that are completely bizarre and unexplained, and there are themes that are culled from real-life stories or incidents. Stylistically, it's a slight departure in that it isn't quite as flashy or `slick' as his last two films, but the bright primary colors that pervade the cinematography are absolutely beautiful. And instead of the steady 70's and 80's soundtrack that he usually utilizes, he kept it more simple this time, and just as inspired with the continuous running of `He Needs Me' from the `Popeye' soundtrack. That touch was not only fitting, but also simply brilliant.

I love the work of P.T. Anderson, and was absolutely charmed and endeared to this film. Just like `Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' isn't going to make me watch a Jim Carrey comedy, I'm still going to avoid Adam Sandler comedies like the plague, but I have to say that I respect him for his work in this film. This is the kind of romance film I like, and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't settle for the kind of romantic comedy/dramas that are churned out now by Hollywood.

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