Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Absurd Comedy  |   Release Date - Oct 11, 2002 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Adam Sandler and Emily Watson star in Punch-Drunk Love, an odd romantic comedy from gifted young director Paul Thomas Anderson. Sandler plays Barry Egan, a shy sad-sack with a great deal of repressed anger that occasionally bursts forth in sudden violent outrages, who falls in love with Lena Leonard (Emily Watson), a co-worker of one of Barry's seven sisters. After calling a phone-sex line, Barry is extorted by bad-guy Dean Trumbell (Anderson regular Philip Seymour Hoffman), who eventually sends four goons to assault Barry and get the money. This film was screened in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, where Paul Thomas Anderson was named Best Director.

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anger, Hawaii, love, phone-sex, repression, sister, extortion