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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Barry Egan
Jason Andrews Jason Andrews ... Operator Carter (voice)
Don McManus ... Plastic (voice)
Emily Watson ... Lena Leonard
Luis Guzmán ... Lance
David Schrempf David Schrempf ... Customer #1
Seann Conway Seann Conway ... Customer #2
Rico Bueno ... Rico
Hazel Mailloux Hazel Mailloux ... Rhonda
Karen Kilgariff ... Anna (voice)
Julie Hermelin ... Kathleen
Salvador Curiel Salvador Curiel ... Sal
Jorge Barahona Jorge Barahona ... Jorge
Ernesto Quintero Ernesto Quintero ... Ernesto
Julius Steuer Julius Steuer ... Mechanic
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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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Trivia

Shots of Adam Sandler running frantically from the four brothers are shot using a tracking camera. This was repeated in a later Paul Thomas Anderson movie, The Master (2012), as Freddie Quell runs from the angry farm workers. See more »

Goofs

When Barry is talking on the telephone with "Georgia" and sits down at his desk, the camera-man is reflected in the glass frame above the desk. 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 ...
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Crazy Credits

Egan's six sisters are credited collectively as "The Sisters." The four brothers who pursue and assault him are credited collectively as "The Brothers." See more »

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Features Popeye (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Waikiki
Written by Andy Cummings
Performed by Ladies K
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Sandler showcases his range
10 April 2020 | by cardsrockSee all my reviews

I wish Adam Sandler would do more dramatic roles because he really is a good actor. He's terrific here and carries most of the film based on his layered, multi-faceted performance. The film is PTA doing what PTA does, putting his unique spin the overdone rom-com formula. This definitely is the most arthouse-y rom-com I've ever seen. It's often bizarre and weird, but also touching and inventive. It's not immediately accessible, but it ultimately wins you over. Punch-Drunk Love is an odd gem in the vast library of romantic comedies.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just Desserts See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$367,203, 13 October 2002

Gross USA:

$17,844,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,665,649
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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