Punch-Drunk Love

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Punch-Drunk Love
Posterpdl.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson
Produced byPaul Thomas Anderson
Daniel Lupi
Joanne Sellar
Written byPaul Thomas Anderson
StarringAdam Sandler
Emily Watson
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Luis Guzmán
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Music byJon Brion
CinematographyRobert Elswit
Editing byLeslie Jones
StudioRevolution Studios
New Line Cinema
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (United States)
New Line Cinema (International)
Release dates
  • May 19, 2002 (2002-05-19) (Cannes)
  • November 1, 2002 (2002-11-01) (United States)
Running time95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25 million
Box office$24,665,649
 
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Punch-Drunk Love
Posterpdl.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson
Produced byPaul Thomas Anderson
Daniel Lupi
Joanne Sellar
Written byPaul Thomas Anderson
StarringAdam Sandler
Emily Watson
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Luis Guzmán
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Music byJon Brion
CinematographyRobert Elswit
Editing byLeslie Jones
StudioRevolution Studios
New Line Cinema
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (United States)
New Line Cinema (International)
Release dates
  • May 19, 2002 (2002-05-19) (Cannes)
  • November 1, 2002 (2002-11-01) (United States)
Running time95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25 million
Box office$24,665,649

Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis Guzmán also appear.

After the release of his previous film Magnolia (which ran over three hours), Anderson stated that he would like to work with Adam Sandler in the future and that he was determined to make his next film ninety minutes long.[1]

The film won rave reviews for Adam Sandler in his first major departure from the broader comedies that had made him a star. Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times that "Sandler, liberated from the constraints of formula, reveals unexpected depths as an actor. Watching this film, you can imagine him in Dennis Hopper roles. He has darkness, obsession and power. He can't go on making those moronic comedies forever, can he?"[2] He won Best Actor at the Gijón International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and was, at one point, a contender for the Academy Award for Best Actor, but he was not nominated.[citation needed]

The film was produced by Revolution Studios and New Line Cinema, and distributed by Columbia Pictures; it features the video art of Jeremy Blake in the form of visual interludes.

The film is often known as an interpretation of autism.

Plot[edit]

Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a single man who owns a company that markets themed toilet plungers and other novelty items. He has seven overbearing sisters who ridicule and emotionally abuse him regularly and leads a very lonely life punctuated by fits of rage and anguish. In the span of one morning, he witnesses an inexplicable car accident, picks up an abandoned harmonium from the street, and encounters Lena Leonard (Emily Watson), a coworker of his sister's, Lena having orchestrated this meeting after seeing him in a family picture belonging to his sister Elizabeth (Mary Lynn Rajskub).

Coping with his loneliness, Barry calls a phone-sex line, but the operator attempts to extort money and sends her four henchmen, who are brothers, to collect. This complicates his budding relationship with Lena, as well as his plan to exploit a loophole in a Healthy Choice promotion and amass a million frequent flyer miles by buying large quantities of pudding. After Lena leaves for Hawaii on a business trip, Barry decides to follow her. He arrives and calls one of his manipulative sisters to learn where Lena is staying. When his sister starts abusing him again, Barry snaps and demands she give him the information, which she does. Lena is overjoyed to see Barry, and they later have sex. At first, Barry explains that he is in Hawaii on a business trip by coincidence, but he soon admits that he came only for her. The romance develops further, and Barry finally feels some relief from the emotional isolation he has endured.

After they return home, the four brothers ram their car into Barry's, leaving Lena mildly injured. With his new-found freedom from loneliness in jeopardy, a surprisingly aggressive and poised Barry adeptly fights off all four of the goons in a matter of seconds. Suspecting that Lena will leave him if she finds out about the phone-sex fiasco, Barry leaves Lena at the hospital and tries to end the harassment by calling the phone-sex line back and speaking to the "supervisor", who turns out to be Dean Trumbell (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who is also the owner of a mattress store. Barry travels to the mattress store in Provo, Utah, to confront Dean face to face. Dean, at first trying to intimidate Barry, finds Barry much more intimidating and Barry compels Dean to leave him alone.

Barry decides to tell Lena about his phone-sex episode and begs her for forgiveness, pledging his loyalty and to use his frequent-flier miles to accompany her on all future business trips. She readily agrees, and they embrace happily. Lena approaches Barry in his office while he plays the harmonium. She puts her arms around him and says, "So, here we go."

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Paul Thomas Anderson won the award for Best Director at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.[3] The film was nominated for the Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 79% "fresh" rating.[4] The Internet Movie Database rates it at 7.3/10. The movie came at #33 in the AV Club's "Top 50 films of the '00s".[5]

Film-makers Lee Unkrich and Judd Apatow have cited it as one of their favorite films.[6][7] Actor Bill Nighy has stated that this is one of his favorite films.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

AwardCategorySubjectResult
Gijón International Film Festival AwardBest ActorAdam SandlerWon
Golden Globe AwardBest Actor - Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominated
MTV Movie AwardBest KissNominated
Emily WatsonNominated
Toronto Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting ActressWon
Vancouver Film Critics Circle AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated

Score and sound-track[edit]

The score to Punch-Drunk Love was composed by Jon Brion. As with the previous film Magnolia, Brion and director Paul Thomas Anderson collaborated heavily for the production of the film's score. However, rather than scoring the film after rough footage had been shot, Brion made compositions during the filming of Punch-Drunk Love. During the scoring process, Brion would experiment with tones and sounds, carefully making note of what Anderson would respond to. Anderson himself would create the vocal tempos he would envision in the score and use them on set, even to the extent of inspiring the pace of Adam Sandler's performance.

The film's score features heavy use of the harmonium, an instrument that Anderson knew he wanted in the film before he had even completed the script. Brion introduced Anderson to this instrument and many scenes between Adam Sandler's character and the instrument were inspired by Brion. For instance, Brion once found a harmonium with a hole in its bellows before going on tour with Aimee Mann. To fix the problem, he covered the hole with duct tape. The situation is mirrored in the film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patterson, John (March 10, 2000). "Magnolia Maniac". London: The Guardian. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 18, 2002). "Punch-Drunk Love". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Punch-Drunk Love". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved October 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Punch-Drunk Love (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ Murray, Noel; Phipps, Keith; Rabin, Nathan; Robinson, Tasha; Tobias, Scott. "The best films of the 00's". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ Goodsell, Luke (June 15, 2010). "Five Favorite Films With Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ Viera, Lauren (July 31, 2009). "Judd Apatow, king of the Funny People". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ordona, Michael (November 12, 2009). "Bill Nighy pretty much lived this role". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 

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