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Punch-Drunk Love -- A beleaguered small-business owner gets a harmonium and embarks on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman.

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Writer (WGA):
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Release Date:
1 November 2002 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Adam Sandler ... Barry Egan
Jason Andrews ... Operator Carter (voice)

Don McManus ... Plastic (voice)

Emily Watson ... Lena Leonard

Luis Guzmán ... Lance
David Schrempf ... Customer #1
Seann Conway ... Customer #2

Rico Bueno ... Rico
Hazel Mailloux ... Rhonda
Karen Kilgariff ... Anna (voice)
Julie Hermelin ... Kathleen
Salvador Curiel ... Sal
Jorge Barahona ... Jorge
Ernesto Quintero ... Ernesto
Julius Steuer ... Mechanic

Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Elizabeth
Lisa Spector ... Susan
Nicole Gelbard ... Nicole
Mia Weinberg ... Gilda
Karen Hermelin ... Anna
Larry Ring ... Steve - Brother-in-Law
Kerry Gelbard ... Richard - Brother-in-Law

Robert Smigel ... Walter the Dentist

Ashley Clark ... Phone Sex Sister

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Dean Trumbell
Alan Parry ... Member of After Eden Band
John E. Beck ... Member of After Eden Band
Eddie Wayne Howell ... Member of After Eden Band
Taylor J. Thomas ... Member of After Eden Band
Bobby Bluehouse ... After Eden Sound Man

David H. Stevens ... David (as David Stevens)

Nathan Stevens ... Nate
Jimmy Stevens ... Jim
Carol Mirelez ... Phone Sex Girl #1 - Utah
June Sepulveda ... Phone Sex Girl #2 - Utah
Andrew Higgs ... Restaurant Manager
Rogerlyn Kanealii Wakinekona ... Lena's Apartment Receptionist
Mike D. Stevens ... Mike D.
Catherine Cooley ... Flight Attendant (as Catherine L. Cooley)

Michael Immel ... Man on Plane
Ross Lasi Tanoai ... Cab Driver

Jonathan Loughran ... Wrong Number (voice)
Kaila ... Member of Ladies K Band
Ku'Ulei ... Member of Ladies K Band
Sissy Lake ... Hula Dancer
Marie Irwin ... Lena's Nurse
Esther Imade Balogun ... Receptionist Nurse
Thomas Bornt ... Dean's Employee (as Tom Bornt)
Mary Kilmartin ... D&D Mattress Customer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ryder Davis ... Customer (uncredited)

Sam Polson ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Wells Rosales ... Leo (uncredited)
James Stevens ... Jim Smooth (uncredited)

Shelley Waggener ... Co-Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Thomas Anderson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Paul Thomas Anderson (written by)

Produced by
Paul Thomas Anderson .... producer
Daniel P. Collins .... associate producer (as Dan Collins)
Daniel Lupi .... producer
JoAnne Sellar .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jon Brion 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Leslie Jones 
 
Casting by
Cassandra Kulukundis 
 
Production Design by
William Arnold 
 
Art Direction by
Sue Chan 
 
Set Decoration by
Jay Hart  (as Jay R. Hart)
Lori A. Noyes 
 
Costume Design by
Mark Bridges 
 
Makeup Department
Trish Almeida .... key hair stylist
Elizabeth Dahl .... additional makeup artist: Hawaii (as Liz Dahl)
Peggy Nichols .... key makeup artist
Ann Pala .... hair stylist: Adam Sandler
Ann Pala .... makeup artist: Adam Sandler
Debra Rego .... additional hair stylist: Hawaii (as Debra L. Rego)
Tina Roesler Kerwin .... makeup department head
Kelvin R. Trahan .... hair department head
 
Production Management
Daniel P. Collins .... on-set supervisor (as Dan Collins)
Mark Graziano .... post-production supervisor
Daniel Lupi .... unit production manager
Eileen Malyszko Lee .... production supervisor
Will Weiske .... production supervisor: Hawaii and Utah
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sonia Bhalla .... second second assistant director
Adam Druxman .... first assistant director
James Moran .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Chuck Askerneese .... assistant property master
Doreen Austria .... graphic artist (as Doreen S. Austria)
P. Scott Bailey .... leadman
Jeremy Blake .... artwork
Max E. Brehme .... leadman
Richard Crain .... construction foreman (as Richard D. Crain)
Mick Cummings .... set dressing buyer
Doug Dow .... labor foreman
Doug Dow .... toolman
Gerald Gates Jr. .... paint foreman (as Gerald J. Gates)
Kevin Goldblum .... art production assistant
Will Grant .... set dresser (as William A.J. Grant)
Chris Grantz .... set dresser
Jill Haber .... painter
Holiday Landa .... art department coordinator
Richard McConnell .... construction coordinator
Martin Milligan .... on-set dresser
Thomas Olson .... painter (as Thomas G. Olson)
Troy Alan Peters .... set dresser (as Troy Peters)
Mike Reiber .... stand-by painter
Rick Romer .... set dresser: Hawaii (as Richard P. Romer)
Keith Sale .... set dresser
F. Andrew Scott .... stand-by painter
Doug Sieck .... set dresser (as Douglas D. Sieck)
Sondra Thorpe .... buyer: reshoots
Jayson Whitmore .... motion graphics
Timothy S. Wiles .... property master (as Tim Wiles)
Franco Esile .... set dresser (uncredited)
Lilly Frank .... paint decorator (uncredited)
P.K. MacCarthy .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Graham Robertson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Thomas 'Noe' Welch .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jennifer Barin .... first assistant sound editor (as Jennifer F. Barin)
Chris Barron .... assistant sound editor (as Christopher Barron)
Phil Benson .... supervising sound editor
Eric Bretter .... sound recordist
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Lawrence L. Commans .... additional boom operator
Ben Conrad .... foley mixer
Kirk Denson .... sound effects recordist
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Koji Egawa .... assistant sound engineer
Coya Elliott .... assistant sound editor
Sean England .... machine room operator
Lisa K. Fowle .... sound
Andrea Gard .... foley editor
Aura Gilge .... sound effects editor
J.R. Grubbs .... sound effects editor
John Hendrickson .... assistant sound engineer
Robert Jackson .... boom operator
Ron Judkins .... production sound mixer (as Ronald Judkins)
Noah Katz .... sound editorial technical support
Stephen Kearney .... sound effects editor
Peter F. Kurland .... additional production sound mixer
Sean Landeros .... sound recordist
Michael Lemass .... sound editing intern
Kate Lumpkin .... utility sound (as Kat Craig)
Kathleen McCart .... sound recordist (as Kathy McCart)
Stuart McCowan .... assistant sound editor
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley recordist (as Pepe Merel)
Shannon Mills .... foley editor
Steve Mixdorf .... assistant sound engineer
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Peggy Names .... sound utility (as Peggy A. Names)
Jonathan Null .... dialogue editor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Jeremy Peirson .... sound recordist
Brandon Proctor .... sound mix technician
Mark Purcell .... machine room operator
Frank Rinella .... foley recordist
Gary Ritchie .... sound recordist
Marcie Romano .... assistant sound editor
Gary Rydstrom .... re-recording mixer
Gary Rydstrom .... sound design consultant
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound designer
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Slanec .... assistant sound editor
Ewa Sztompke .... dialogue editor (as Ewa Sztompke-Oatfield)
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Knox White .... additional boom operator
 
Special Effects by
John C. Carlucci .... special effects supervisor
Lou Carlucci .... special effects coordinator
Kenneth C. Clark .... special effects foreman
Marvin Felton .... special effects technician
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Sebok .... special effects technician
David M. Sterner .... special effects technician (as David Sterner)
 
Visual Effects by
Tim Alexander .... visual effects supervisor
Camille Geier .... visual effects producer
Jiri Jacknowitz .... digital paint artist
David Sullivan .... paint & roto artist
Lloyd Hess .... technical support (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Adams .... stunt player (as Mike Adams)
Brian Avery .... stunts
Jack Carpenter .... stunts
Mark De Alessandro .... stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi .... utility stunts
Allan Graf .... stunt coordinator
John Hateley .... stunts
Toby Holguin .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunt coordinator
Paul M. Lane .... stunts
Diana R. Lupo .... stunts (as Diana Lupo)
Dustin Meier .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (as Hugh A. O'Brien)
Rex Reddick .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Lincoln Simonds .... stunts
Steve Wooten .... stunts
Mark De Alessandro .... stunt double: Adam Sandler (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfred Ainsworth .... video assist operator (as Alfred Ainsworth Jr.)
Ben Beaird .... key grip (as Benny Beaird)
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
David Bodin .... grip
Geoffrey Chang .... film loader
William Coss .... first assistant camera
Richard Crompton .... rigging best boy grip (as Richard C. Crompton)
David Crone .... Steadicam operator
David Crone .... camera operator
Dean DesJarlais .... best boy electric: Hawaii (as Dean C. Des Jarlais)
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... best boy grip
Neil Fleischbein .... grip
Alexander W. Gage .... grip: Hawaii (as Alex Gage)
Vance Gage .... best boy grip: Hawaii
Jay Galbo .... electrician
R. Scott Goodrich .... second assistant camera (as Scott Goodrich)
Bob Gorelick .... additional Steadicam operator
Jeff Griffith .... camera loader
Rick Harris .... key rigging grip
Keith Hartley .... rigging electric (as Keith Richard Hartley)
Richard Hartley .... rigging gaffer
Nathan Hathaway .... assistant chief lighting technician
Tony Hibbard .... electrician
Tom Kessenich .... grip (as Kurt T. Kessenich)
Ashley Kimmet .... electrician
Jeff Kunkel .... dolly grip (as Jeffrey Sherman Kunkel)
Leonardo Larosa .... grip (as Leonard M. LaRosa)
David Lee .... chief lighting technician
Karl Linde .... additional first assistant camera
Daisuke Dice Miyake .... grip (as Daisuke Miyake)
Frank Montesanto .... key grip (as Frank A. Montesanto)
Michelle Morgan .... camera loader
Jeffrey Norvet .... additional camera operator
Robert A. Preston .... best boy grip
John Priebe .... electrician
Dave Richardson .... best boy grip (as David Richardson)
Andrea Ruane .... grip (as Andi Ruane)
Robert Stillman .... grip (as Bob Stillman)
Ian Strang .... electrician
James Takahashi .... grip: Hawaii
Dave Tutokey .... rigging best boy electric
Rick Crum .... electrician (uncredited)
Lance Dickinson .... electrician (uncredited)
Craig Kohlhoff .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Maricella Ramirez .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Maricella Ramirez .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Shannon Summers .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Suzanne Anaya .... extras casting: TBS Casting
John Barba .... casting associate
Juliet Carlson .... extras casting assistant: Hawaii
Margaret Doversola .... extras casting: Hawaii (as Margaret J. Doversola)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eden Clark Coblenz .... costume supervisor (as Edem Coblenz)
Linda S. Cormany .... key costumer
Anne Hoss .... additional costumer: Hawaii (as Anne L. Hoss)
Lizabeth Maggini .... additional costumer: Hawaii (as Lizabeth Maggini-Mackay)
Andrew Slyder .... additional costumer
Jennifer Day Young .... additional costumer
 
Editorial Department
Scott Fox .... colorist: dailies
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Lara Khachooni .... assistant editor
Ladd Lanford .... first assistant editor
Christopher Marino .... assistant editor: avid (as Christopher L. Marino)
Sandra Montiel .... first assistant editor
Fred Raskin .... additional film editor
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
Lee Wimer .... color timer
 
Music Department
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... orchestra contractor: The Music Team (as Debbie Datz-Pyle)
Greg Dennen .... score recordist
Bruce Dukov .... concertmaster
Koji Egawa .... assistant score engineer: Schnee Studio
Barry Fawcett .... scoring stage manager
Nathan Furst .... score technical consultant
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
John Hendrickson .... assistant score engineer: Schnee Studio
Michael Jay .... additional music editor
Jonathan Karp .... music editor
Steve Mixdorf .... assistant score engineer: NRG
Thomas Pasatieri .... music score consultant
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Ryan Robinson .... scoring technician
Dennis S. Sands .... orchestra mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Dennis S. Sands .... orchestra recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Richard Wheeler Jr. .... scoring stage manager (as Richard Wheeler)
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jody Bingenheimer .... driver
Glenn Coopersmith .... driver
Joe Cosentino .... driver (as Joseph Cosentino)
Pat Cosentino .... driver
Sherri Cosentino .... driver (as Sheri Cosentino)
Jon 'Sudee' Dahl .... transportation co-captain: Hawaii (as Jon Sudee Dahl)
Angel Desanti .... transportation co-captain (as Angel De Santi)
Devin B. Donahue .... driver: Hawaii
Jesse Duarte .... driver: Hawaii
Douglas A. Farias .... driver: Hawaii
Rick Fese Jr. .... driver (as Rick 'Easy' Fese)
Hector M. Gonzalez .... driver
Daniel Gordon .... driver (as Daniel R. Gordon)
David Travis Grieb .... driver: grip truck
Dash Hart .... driver
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Kirk Huston .... transportation captain
Alfie Jensen .... driver
Jose A. Jimenez .... driver (as Jose A. Jiminez)
Richard Jones .... driver: Hawaii
Steve Larson .... transportation dispatcher
Eric Learnnard .... driver (as Eric 'D.J.' Learnard)
Ronald Linxwiler .... driver
Kelly Loo .... driver: Hawaii (as Kelly Loo Jr.)
Marco Lupi .... driver (as Marco R. Lupi)
Harry Marks .... driver
Stan Mataele .... driver: Hawaii
Esteban Munoz .... driver (as Esteban Munoz Jr.)
Bill Needham .... driver
James 'Obee' Oberman .... driver
Hardy Ophuls .... picture car coordinator
Marty Osborne .... picture vehicle coordinator (as Martin J. Osborne)
John Pellegrino .... driver
John Reed .... transportation co-captain: Hawaii
Tanoai Reed .... driver: Hawaii
Carlo Solano .... driver (as Carlos Solano)
John Spaccarelli .... driver
Scott Tyler .... driver
Chris Waldoch .... driver (as Christopher M. Waldoch)
Michael P. Walsh .... driver (as Michael J. Walsh)
Dave Wilson .... driver
Robert Wilson .... driver: Hawaii
Robert L. Young .... driver (as Robert Love Young Jr.)
Billy Kane .... driver: car carrier (uncredited)
Adam Pinkstaff .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Donovan Ahuna .... craft service: Hawaii (as Donovan K. Ahuna)
Tom Ajar .... projectionist
Kyle Alexander .... production assistant: Hawaii
Aaron Barrocas .... production assistant
Anastasia Basche .... production assistant (as Anastasia Torrent)
Gary Bechtel .... assistant location manager
Joe Biggins .... production secretary
Luca Borghese .... accounting clerk
Steven Butensky .... first assistant accountant
Dorian Cirillo-Murray .... additional production assistant
Jennifer Clark .... second assistant accountant
Valeria Migliassi Collins .... script supervisor
Bruce Comtois .... teamster
Demelza Cronin .... assistant production coordinator
J.D. Donaruma .... assistant: Adam Sandler
Jay Duncan .... production assistant
Moumen El Haji .... chef: Hawaii (as Moumen El Hajji)
Cecilia Escobar .... payroll accountant
Jamie Feldman .... set production assistant
James Flemming .... chef
Ryan Alan Garvey .... assistant chef (as Ryan Garvey)
Seamus Gibbons .... assistant chef
Eric Glasser .... additional set production assistant
Brenna Graziano .... office production assistant (as Brenna Effrain)
Audie Harrison .... production assistant
Allison Harvey .... production assistant
Justin Healy .... assistant location manager
Maru Hernandez .... assistant production coordinator
Vern Hoke .... medic: Hawaii (as Vernie Hoke)
Dominique Jaramillo .... medic
Kat Jensen .... stand-in: Emily Watson
John Brian King .... title designer (as Brian King)
Gregory P. Krueger .... assistant chef
Jon Krueger .... assistant unit coordinator (as J.L. Krueger)
Thomas Krueger .... medic
Harlem Logan .... unit assistant (as Harlem F. Logan)
Charles Long .... security: Hawaii, Private Security
Jonathan Loughran .... assistant: Adam Sandler
Kate Lumpkin .... set mother (as Kat Craig)
Makamae Masuda .... production assistant: Hawaii
Kristi McConnell .... construction accountant
Lisa Michele McTigue .... set production assistant
Jeff Milcheck .... production assistant
Frank Mitchell .... location assistant: Hawaii
Andrew Padilla .... security coordinator (as Andrew G. Padilla Jr.)
Matt Paull .... location production assistant
Robert Paulsen .... assistant location manager
Michael Phillips .... key set production assistant (as Michael 'Jocco' Phiullips)
Carlo Pratto .... assistant: Emily Watson
Nancy Reid .... production coordinator
Marlon Rhoden .... production assistant: Hawaii
Larry Ring .... location manager
Louis Rittenhouse .... stand-in: Luis Guzman
Charles E. Scott III .... craft service
Charlie Scott .... craft service
Julie Shack .... production assistant
Trevor Sifton .... location assistant: Hawaii
Corey Sklov .... production assistant
Laura D. Smith .... assistant: Joanne Sellar (as Laura Smith)
Kelly A. Snyder .... production accountant
Stuart R. Sprangler .... location manager: Hawaii (as Stuart R. Spangler)
Dorion Thomas .... office production assistant
Jill Thornsberry .... location production assistant
Aaron Ali Tichenor .... assistant: Paul Thomas Anderson (as Aaron Tichenor)
Jodi Tripi .... clearance coordinator
Jim Triplett .... assistant location manager: Hawaii
Melisa Uchida .... production assistant: Hawaii
Dan Wesselman .... laboratory contact: dailies
Gary Wigglesworth .... assistant chef
Matt Woodard .... stand-in: Adam Sandler
Brian Barrale .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Hampton Frazier IV .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lena Milan .... stand-in (uncredited)
Peter V.O. Moore .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mikul Robins .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Fiona Apple .... special thanks
Gloria S. Borders .... special thanks (as Gloria Borders)
Ted Demme .... dedicatee
Todd Garner .... special thanks
Isobel Griffiths .... special thanks
Stanley Kubrick .... dedicatee
John Lesher .... special thanks
Robert Mancino .... thanks (as Bobby Bates)
Rob Moore .... special thanks
Charles Newirth .... special thanks
Simon Rhodes .... special thanks
Joe Roth .... special thanks
Tom Sherak .... special thanks
Steven Spielberg .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language including a scene of sexual dialogue
Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Unusually, Jon Brion composed music for the film while filming was taking place, experimenting with tones and sounds, making particular note of what director Paul Thomas Anderson was responding to. Brion's score would then be played on set, helping to influence the tone of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Barry calls Lena from the phone booth in Hawaii, a red light dot is reflected in the side of the phone booth. Some think this is from the camera, however, professional film cameras don't have such a light. It appears to be the traffic light from across the street.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 would value 1000 miles?
Phone Rep:That's it.
Barry:Well, do you realize that the monetary value of this promotion and the prizes is potentially worth more than the purchases?
[...]
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136 out of 164 people found the following review useful.
PTA unlocks Sandler with a brilliant film, 11 April 2003
Author: Senator_Corleone from Austin, Texas

We've come to expect a lot from Paul Thomas Anderson. After his twin masterpieces "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia", not to mention the sure-handed and satisfying "Hard Eight", we knew he was a filmmaker of skill and magic. So when it was announced that the next PTA film would be a 90-minute romantic comedy starring (Gasp!) Adam Sandler, I was, for one, not worried. This man had taken Mark Wahlberg and turned him into someone we could be proud to watch onscreen. He cast icon Tom Cruise, gave him the character of Frank "T.J." Mackey, and directed the actor to one of the most repulsive, offensive, and inspired performances of the "Top Gun" star's career. So, I was pretty confident in his ability to handle the star of "Little Nicky". But, boy, I still wasn't prepared for what I saw. Sandler just wasn't good, he was INCREDIBLE. I couldn't believe my eyes-here was the man behind "Eight Crazy Nights" creating a completely realized, utterly human character with a studied, nuanced performance. Many have commented on the fact that Barry Egan, Sandler's character, is not that different from his previous incarnations. Socially akward and prone to explosive violence, Barry might just be the key to explainging Sandler's Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore. The character helps shine a light on the inner torment of those man-children.

The plot is a bit more complicated than your usual romantic-comedy fair. First off, it's really not a comedy. Second off, the two major players-Sandler and Emily Watson as the beautiful and mysterious Lena Leonard-both have quirks and tension that ordinary movie characters who fall in love don't in movies today. Barry has been terribly scarred (perhaps irreperably) by the constant torment and abuse of his seven sisters. There are several scenes where he bursts into destructive rages for no real reason-to sum it up, this guy has problems. Lena seems to have some of the same hurt simmering under her, but she controls it and accepts Barry for who he is, eventually coming to a stage where she understands him better than anyone truly ever has. Much of "Punch-Drunk Love"'s story is how Egan manages to regain control of himself and experience truly human feelings for the first time. Lena is his salvation-through his devotion to her he saves himself.

The film's other specifics are a bizarre, but extremely original mix of details. Barry is a toilet-plunger salesman. He one day wanders onto a loophole in a snack-foods sponsored contest that would allow him to get enough frequent flier miles to never have to pay for a plane ticket again. First, however, is the nasty business with a small-time porn entrepeneur in Utah who is trying to extort a large sum of money from Barry, using the company's "Four Blonde Brothers" to threaten the (for a time) hapless Egan. The film is so utterly free that to reveal how these disparate elements come together would ruin the movie. Much of the joy of "Punch-Drunk Love" is that you never truly know where the movie is going to go next.

The performances are uniformly excellent. Philip Seymour Hoffman is "the heavy", but he puts a small line of tragedy in his character. Dean Trumbell seems fierce, but a telling look at his "empire" reveals he is all bark and no bite. The always-great Luis Guzman is Sandler's well-wishing co-worker, Lance, who is constantly supportive of Barry despite his doubts about what is really going on inside his boss's head. And Emily Watson is appropriately fascinating and quietly alluring as Lena, who drops her car off one day and admits the next she did it just to meet Barry.

The film might seem weird and violent, but this is truly one of the sweetest movies I have seen at a long time. At its core, "PDL" is decent, honest, and beautiful. It is reminiscent of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", which, despite its rampant drug use and other disturbing subject matter, was a film that had a heart of gold. One of the best of 2002, "Punch-Drunk Love" will be seen in the future as a shining moment for all involved. Here's to hoping it will also be seen as the beginning of Adam Sandler's serious film career.

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