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Punch-Drunk Love

July 16, 2014

Casting Adam Sandler in this unconventional romantic comedy was a surprising move for Paul Thomas Anderson, but paid off wonderfully as the director perfectly channeled Sandler's barely repressed anger.

Sandler plays Barry Egan, a novelty toiletries salesman with a huge family of sisters who is subject to bursts of rage. In the midst of attempting to win a pudding cup sweepstakes, he finds himself in a battle with a vindictive mattress salesman (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and begins a tentative love affair with a luminous, and equally strange, English woman (Emily Watson).

Winner of Best Director at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Principal Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Country: USA
Year: 2002
Running Time: 95 Minutes