Punch-Drunk Love

Punch-Drunk Love

Adam Sandler
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Cast: Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
, Emily Watson
Emily Watson
, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Paul Thomas Anderson

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While Punch-Drunk Love is aggressively idiosyncratic, it most certainly fits thematically with Paul Thomas Anderson's other works. Hard Eight is about a man creating a new family in order to overcome the guilt he feels for destroying his own; Boogie Nights is about creating a new family to escape the dysfunction of one's biological family; and Magnolia is about confronting and making peace with family members. Punch-Drunk is about a man so emotionally henpecked by his seven sisters that only the love of a woman can get him to break through the layers of defensiveness he has constructed around his inner self. Adam Sandler is superb as Barry Egan. Anderson has successfully integrated the violent subtext of Sandler's comedic persona and transformed that element of his personality from something that gets laughs into something that engenders sympathy and communicates deep psychological issues. Anderson's precise framings as well as his superb feel for sound and music are on display throughout the film. The style and substance of the film meld superbly throughout, but never more so than during the extended shot involving Barry talking to a phone sex operator. The single take communicates his lonesome existence by revealing the sparsely decorated rooms, while Sandler's performance in the scene expresses his desire to change as well as the difficulty he faces in his attempts to make those changes. The whole film is tight, controlled, and utterly charming. Disquietingly odd and richly emotional, Punch-Drunk Love continues to show why Paul Thomas Anderson may be the most interesting filmmaker of his generation. Perry Seibert

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2016
UPC: 0715515188913
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 11,070

Special Features

Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by Director Paul Thomas Anderson, with 5.1 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack Blossoms & Blood, a short 2002 piece by Anderson featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, along with music by Jon Brion New Interview with Brion New piece featuring behind-the-scenes footage of a recording session for the film's soundtrack New conversation between curators Michael Connor and Lia Gangitano about the art of Jeremy Blake used in the film Additional artwork by Blake Cannes Film Festival Press Conference from 2002 NBC News interview from 2000 with David Phillips, the "pudding guy" Twelve Scopitones Deleted Scenes Mattress Man Commercial Trailers Plus: An essay by filmmake, author, and artist Miranda July

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Barry Egan
Emily Watson Lena Leonard
Philip Seymour Hoffman Dean Trumbell
Luis Guzman Lance
Mary Lynn Rajskub Elizabeth

Technical Credits
Paul Thomas Anderson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
William Arnold Production Designer
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Brion Score Composer
Sue Chan Art Director
Dan Collins Associate Producer
Adam Druxman Asst. Director
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Jay R. Hart Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Jones Editor
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Cassandra Kulukundis Casting
Daniel Lupi Producer
Lori Noyes Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Scarabosio Sound/Sound Designer
Joanne Sellar Producer

Customer Reviews

Punch-Drunk Love 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is not intended for viewing while you are drinking with loud friends, coming in and out of the room while doing laundry, or talking to your sister who's spending the summer overseas. Sadly, a lot of people probably expected just that type of experience upon sitting down to watch this film. However, by the time this made it to DVD, the majority of film enthusiasts had probably heard the word on the street...that this is not your typical Sandler movie. That being said, this is a great film dealing with issues that most people who wouldn't enjoy it find disturbing, and that is most likely the very reason some will not give it a chance. This movie does what good art is supposed to do...present something new and make you think. Is it too coffee house for most Billy Madison fans? Sure. Is it different than Magnolia and Boogie Nights? Yes. But stepping to the side and doing something a little different is what makes it fresh and durable. Those who can enjoy it will be pulling it out of their collection for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing movie and one of my favorites. If you are looking for a typical Adam Sandler comedy then look elsewhere. If you are familiar with PTA's other work then you should have a better idea of what to expect. The reason I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars though is because the second disc really isnt worth the extra money and because the DVD lacks a commentary track which would have been much appreciated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Refrain from seeking Billy Madison here; Instead find an original, unique, and tragic look into the results of poor and wise choices, familial influence, and the real power of love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was no punch and there were no drunks. I feel ripped off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a wonderful film that breaks standard romantic comedy conventions and knowlingly plays off of others. Amazing acting from Adam Sandler coupled with wonderful directing. Paul Thomas Anderson's (director) strong visual sensibilities knock viewers for a loop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe the other consumer review was written by an angry little man incapable of appreciating something so wonderful as this film. Paul Thomas Anderson is remarkable, and this film is further proof of that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you thought P. T. Anderson would never be able to atop Magnolia, you better think again. Instead of distributing emotions in a great number of characters, here we can see deep in the soul of a lonely man (Sandler) as he fights to break the walls he had to build to protect himself from his seven sister, but that ended isolating him from everyone else.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing I liked about the movie was that I didn't pay to watch it in the movie theater. I was looking forward to seeing Adam Sandler in a more serious role but this movie was just too bizarre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's one of these arty little films where we're meant to get what the director is on about and see how deep and clever it is and it's just not cool to say otherwise. In truth, it's complete and utter nonsense. Adam Sandler has made some brilliant films and there is certainly more to his acting than just making us laugh. He's also made some howlers though, and I'm afraid this is one of them.