Punch-Drunk Love


(out of 5)

plays a self-employed California businessman whose quiet life goes ballistic in three different ways: firstly, he becomes obsessed with a product promotion involving a points-based giveaway that he has calculated will allow him a huge prize for less than the amount of money needed to spend on buying the products required. Secondly, a lonely night spent talking to a phone sex operator turns into a dangerous situation when she turns out to be a stalker who intends on taking him for every penny he’s got to give. Lastly, and most important of all, love finds him in the form of adorable , and his discovery of his romantic side gives him a new strength to deal with his other challenges, including his seven overbearing sisters, in a way that he never knew of before. Impeccably written, shot, scored and performed, Anderson’s powerfully affecting film does something incredible for its audience: it captures a genuine sense of frustration, but thanks to his unerring sense of humanity does not indulge in bitterness.  Instead, he goes the route of bittersweet and creates one of the most unusual and independent romances of the last ten years.

USA, 2002

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson

Cinematography by

Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2002, TIFF 2002

The Criterion Collection

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Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Adam Sandler)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Cinematography (Robert Elswit)

Cannes Film Festival Award
Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson) (tie)

Toronto Film Critics Awards
Best Supporting Performance, Female (Emily Watson)
Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Best Picture
Best Screenplay



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