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Punch-drunk Love

02/17/19 | 8:30 pm

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17-02-2019 12:00:00 17-02-2019 12:00:00 America/New_York Punch-drunk Love | 8:30 pm As a quasi-romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE may have seemed at the time to represent a sidestep from the increasingly ambitious and weighty trajectory of Paul Thomas Anderson's career, but in retrospect it remains one of his greatest and most unusual achievements. What distinguishes PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE above all is the extent to which the film's own rhythms and textures mirror the fractured, anxious psyche of its profoundly strange and sometimes alarmingly dysfunctional protagonist. Sandler is Barry Egan – shy, recessive, yet prone to volcanic outbursts of anger – and the film charts the unlikely romance that develops when Emily Watson's Leda appears in his life. Flirting with romantic comedy and the musical, but with a hard edge and unsettling vision that's entirely unique, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE is, like its protagonist, equal parts sentimental and unhinged. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=350253 Anthology Film Archives Anthology Film Archives

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As a quasi-romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE may have seemed at the time to represent a sidestep from the increasingly ambitious and weighty trajectory of Paul Thomas Anderson's career, but in retrospect it remains one of his greatest and most unusual achievements. What distinguishes PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE above all is the extent to which the film's own rhythms and textures mirror the fractured, anxious psyche of its profoundly strange and sometimes alarmingly dysfunctional protagonist. Sandler is Barry Egan – shy, recessive, yet prone to volcanic outbursts of anger – and the film charts the unlikely romance that develops when Emily Watson's Leda appears in his life. Flirting with romantic comedy and the musical, but with a hard edge and unsettling vision that's entirely unique, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE is, like its protagonist, equal parts sentimental and unhinged.

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