Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman

I heard of this movie and how great was the performance by Adam Sandler but I had seen it. I saw it just now and it was not what I expected, it caught me a bit off guard as to the subject of the film.

The story is about Barry Egan a lonely and eccentric man who owns his own business. He has anger issues and freaks out sometimes and breaks things and punches things, therefore the title. When one of his sisters introduces him to a woman, Barry falls in love as he struggles with issues in his life.

When I say I was surprised, I mean it because I thought the character was entirely different. Barry suffers from social anxiety and holds a lot of anger, I took the title literally and thought it had to do with alcohol. I like it when a film surprises me. The story was interesting and funny. Barry is an interesting character to see as he tries to connect with this woman while facing who he is.

Adam Sandler was great in this film. Just like in Uncut Gems, he drifts away from what we usually see from him on film. The character can make you laugh but it is through the story and what he does, not jokes and Sandler does deliver with this performance. I believed what I was seeing in the film. It was bittersweet to see Phillip Seymour Hoffman in this film, he was such a great actor.

I liked the film, it is not one of those you see more than once at least for me, but it is a good film to see.

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