Punch-Drunk Love

P.T. Anderson’s surreal, bizarre, amazing love story plays at the Art for the first time —

R, 95 minutes

With Punch-Drunk Love, Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Inherent Vice) delivers a delightfully odd and bracingly original concoction – a manic depressive romantic comedy with the soaring soul of a movie musical.

Adam Sandler plays Barry Egan, the lonely owner of a novelty toiletries company. Prone to bursts of inexplicable rage, Barry’s social life primarily consists of battles with his huge family of meddling sisters. But change is on the horizon: in the midst of attempting to win a pudding cup sweepstakes, Barry finds himself in combat with a vindictive mattress salesman (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and begins a tentative love affair with a luminous, and equally strange, young woman named Lena (Emily Watson). Both beautifully romantic and tensely thrilling, Punch-Drunk Love is a surreal fever dream following Barry and Lena’s whirlwind love story as they struggle through a wide array of threats to their relationship, all propelled by a percussive soundtrack from composer Jon Brion. Anderson also won the Best Director Award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival for his highly inventive, aesthetically gorgeous portrait of innocent love contrasted against a world of corruption. (2002, Paul Thomas Anderson, 95 min, R)

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