PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (Cannes Film Festival Cannes France 2002)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Stars ìììì

Punch-Drunk Love—a completely unique, highly entertaining love storyshows Adam Sandler in a quite different role as bachelor Barry Egan who needs to be married, but doesn’t have the chutzpah to get the job done. A series of seemingly unrelated events dovetail in such a manner that he finally realizes the love of his life. There are scenes of graphic sexual dialog, but for the most part the film flows pretty smoothly. Barry Egan’s love interest, Lena Leonard, played beautifully by Emily Watson, allows Barry to fully flower into a man protecting his woman with sweetly innocent scenes that make one smile. All in all, a completely satisfying story.

Additional Thanks

Great Work for Director Paul Thomas Anderson. Thank you to Producers Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, and JoAnne Sellar for making the film possible. Additional character/cast include: Lance (Luis Guzmán), Kathleen (Julie Hermelin), Customer #1 (David Schrempf), Customer #2 (Seann Conway), Rico (Rico Bueno), Rhonda (Hazel Mailloux), Steve (Larry Ring), Richard (Kerry Gelbard), and Dean Trumbell (Philip Seymour Hoffman

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