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Blu-ray Review – Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

21 November 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Punch-Drunk Love, 2002.

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis Guzmán.


A supplier of novelty items with anger management issues edges towards a surprise romance story with a mysterious woman, while also being blackmailed by a phone-sex line managed by a devious mattress salesman.

Taking the viewer into an intense, colour coded dream of a movie, with Punch-Drunk LovePaul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) further cemented his place as one of contemporary America’s leading filmmakers. Managing to create a film of beautiful poignancy while dealing with mental health issues and sexual insecurities is quite the feat, and when you add a memorable dramatic performance from Adam Sandler into the mix, you’re left with a movie fully deserving of this excellent Criterion Blu-ray release.

Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a novelty plunger salesman, struggling with a wayward temper that constantly threatens to undermine him. »

- Robert W Monk

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