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Punch-Drunk Love

GENE

 SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE

 

 

I doubt any amount of description could prepare a viewer for this film, because there's never been anything quite like it before.

It's more a singular character study and shows how a woman can love a person just as he is.

This movie has a strange, unusual visual feel about it, making for a great creative film.

 

I am not an Adam Sandler fan, but I am a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, the same guy who brought us Boogie Nights and Magnolia. He is the master of character development, but not this time.

Here, we enter into the middle of a man's nervous breakdown, with no explanation of how he got there, and if you think you'll know by the end, you don't know Paul Thomas Anderson.

Weird, as well as demented, this movie deals with rage, romance, phone sex, frequent-flier miles, sibling rivalry, and the pitfalls of wearing a tie to work.

Not for everyone, but just strange enough for me.

Punch-Drunk Love is a picture about a shy, lonely bachelor who owns a warehouse that produces decorative toilet plungers.

The star is isolated and dispirited by his seven controlling sisters, whose years of pestering have reduced him to a weirdo.

The movie manages to be both heart-breaking and happy, while managing to look like nothing you've ever seen.

It's unpredictable, oddball, adult entertainment.


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