Punch-Drunk Love Movie Review Summary

Actors: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Punch-Drunk Love

Barry is a lonely angry man who puts on a front for his seven sisters and customers. He is a man who is consumed with anger yet hides it behind his work. When his seven sisters decide to throw a party, they continuously bother him about showing up to the party. They want to fix him up with a girl, but he is resistant. He meets a woman who comes to his work and introduces herself. She turns out to be the girl that his sister is trying to set him up with. Barry realizes that he needs her and that she helps his anger issues.
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Best part of story, including ending: This is a beautiful artistic movie directed very well.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is when Barry is drinking his coffee and sees a taxi drop off a piano. He picks it up and carries it into his office.

Opinion about the main character: The main character is perfect. He is interesting and easy to relate to. We all feel for Barry as he struggles through everyday life.

The review of this Movie prepared by Adelyn Tomlinson a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE is a romantic comedy written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson in 2002. Anderson won the Best Director award at the 2002 Cannes Film festival with this movie.

Barry Egan has a problem with women. He's terribly shy and his seven sisters are not much of a help to him. His life will be turned upside down when he meets Lena Leonard, a young woman working with one of Barry's sisters. But before enjoying the perfect love, Barry must get rid of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the owner of a phone sex line who's blackmailing him since the day a lonely Barry called this line.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a lonesome loser who wants to escape his warehouse job by collecting frequent flyer miles in a pudding promotion. He has intimacy issues thanks to his verbally abusive sisters, who still treat him like a little boy. He meets Lena (Emily Watson), who likes him instantly, but we're not sure why. Barry also gets mixed up with a vindictive businessman who wants to steal his money. Things start to look up for Barry when he jets off to Hawaii to be with Lena.
The review of this Movie prepared by Sean Stangland

In 2002, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights) presented his off-center version of a screwball romantic comedy. Barry Egan (Sandler) is a lonely, depressed small business owner (he markets "Fungers" -- novelty toilet plungers) who hits on a scheme to collect Healthy Choice coupons to amass frequent flyer miles. Barry's seven sisters both deride him and try to fix him up with dates, and he alternates between timid hiding and bursts of manic violence. One night he calls a phone sex service out of curiousity, and not much comes of it for him, but the operators begin to hound him to extort money. At the same time he meets simple, lovely Lena Leonard (Watson), who really likes him and brings joy into his life. These two developments eventually collide, with goons sent out to beat some serious money out of Barry, and Barry running away to meet Lena on one of her business trips to Hawaii. Sandler and Watson turn in fine performances as the off-the-wall couple. The strange musical score by John Brion ticks and drips, as well as employing the Shelley Duvall song "He Needs Me" from the Altman movie "Popeye" (composed by Harry Nilssen). Not quite a masterpiece, but very engaging.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of Punch-Drunk Love

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchmaker help from adults

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   California    -   Hawaii Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language

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