Punch Drunk Love

Adam Sandler stars as Barry Egan, a (mostly) even tempered man who likes his routine.  His seven loud, unappreciative sisters and stressful job as a small business owner make it difficult for Barry to find time for romance.  After an irresponsible phone call to a sex line, Barry gets a little more than he bargained for when he learns that this woman won’t be getting out of his life anytime soon.  This makes things considerably more complicated when he meets a pretty, uncomplicated woman named Lena.

Adam Sandler was so adorable, and I loved his anger problem, he was more than some sad man to be pitied.  The way to make a romantic comedy work, in my opinion, is to try not to follow that pattern, that she runs away he chases her pattern.  The frequent flier miles and sex line were so original, yet totally minor details really.  That is really what makes this movie different from other self realization films.  This movie is about Barry, the man, not about external factors in his life like his family or job or girlfriend…

Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson
Year: 2002

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