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Punch Drunk Love

punch-drunk-love-dark-comedy-movie-posterPunch Drunk Love

Adam Sandler and Emily Watson star in Punch Drunk Love. Punch Drunk Love is a great romantic comedy with an eery feel to it.

It is not a lovey dovey movie to watch on a date, but rather eery and with a disjointed feel to it. Punch Drunk Love is unsettling, from the characters, the situations, to the soundtrack which overlays everything.

Punch Drunk Love is a heavy film to watch, punctuated by hilarity
I really enjoyed this comedy, although it was quite heavy on the drama side, especially in the beginning. It is not exactly a light movie, filled with themes of depression and alienation. It is the tale of Barry Egan (Adam Sandler), a man with emotional problems, seven overbearing sisters, and 0 love life as he deals with extortion and romance. I’m pretty sure one of his sisters is Gail the Snail from It’s Always Sunny.

Not your classic Sandler film
Though I love classic Sandler films, it is awesome to see him playing a more serious role. Sandler is amazing as Barry, and creates a feel of a character who is nearly boiling over at the absurdity of life, a character who does not always understand his own actions or the reason that things happen. Instead of being an outgoing character as usual, Sandler plays Barry as withdrawn and soft spoken, though possessing inner power and strength.

The love interest

emily-watson-is-the-love-interest-in-punch-drunk-loveEmily Watson wearing a red dress in Punch Drunk Love. Barry is drawn out of his shell by Lena Leonard, played by Emily Watson, who is perhaps just crazy enough to be perfect for him. This comedy reminds me of a quote by Robert Fulghum, “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”.

If you are looking for a bit of a heavier comedy, Punch Drunk Love is perfect. It’s surprisingly deep, and as an added bonus has Phillip Seymour Hoffman, one of my favourite actors, playing a villainous role.

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