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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
**A Modest Review: Punch Drunk Love
Punch Drunk Love is a dramedy starring Adam Sandler who plays Barry Egan, a plumber salesman with emotional issues. There is a mysterious air throughout the flick, and also a confusing some-what disoriented vibe that is aroused by the daunting soundtrack. Barry's nervous character is forced to find his courage once he is dragged into extortion and starts to fall in love. The emptiness in many scenes of the film can be uncomfortable for those of us used to movies with constant dialogue, sounds, and background music. Punch-Drunk Love is different, in that, the viewer is stuck with Barry for the majority of the film. We get to peak into the loneliness of this character's life. And, I think by the time Lena is brought into the film, viewers are just as relieved as Barry is.
I liked this movie, and I would rate it a 6.5 out of 10. The plot's unique twist was unexpected. Watching this the first time, I had no idea how far the main conflict would go. I was worried for Barry, nervous for his relationship with Lena, and waiting to see his where his character would go next! If the bizarreness of the extortion wasn't enough to make me enjoy this film (and compensate for its shaky start), the sweet romance definitely was. Using love as a form of transformation for a down character has been used so many times in plots, but because of the Barry's emotional problems, the viewer is honestly unsure if the story will end happily. Punch-Drunk Love is a movie I think I'll enjoy even more the second time.