Movie Title: Punch-Drunk Love
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 35 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
Punch-Drunk Love stars Adam Sandler as Barry Egan a struggling salesman working out of a storage facility that clearly has some mental issues. After making some phone calls regarding frequent flier miles he walks out of the unit and sees a car accident that or may not have happened followed by a delivery vehicle dropping off a piano in front of his shop. He takes the piano inside and the storage unit develops into a full fledged business not seen before. At major moments in the movie shape shifting, talking, colors appear on screen to transition the plot.
Egan’s life is complex. He makes his living selling custom plungers. He has seven sisters all of whom henpeck him relentlessly and treat him terribly. He is buying copious amounts of pudding to rack up frequent flyer miles. He his being blackmailed by a worker from a phone sex hotline. A woman shows up and gives him the keys to her car and asks if he can takes it to the garage and then goes on a date with him. The romance between the two and the management of Egan’s various oddities including his anger management problems becomes the central focus of the movie.
The soundtrack at time is disconcerting, but helps build to the overall oddity of Egan’s character. At times it flows melodically, but overall it really helps enhance the mood of the various scenes in the movie. Adam Sandler does a great job in a fairly straight role compared to his often over the top humor. This isn’t the Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler.
It is a quirky and intriguing movie with an interesting finale. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Annie Hall (1977)