Would you believe that Punch Drunk Love (PDL) (2002) include an actual event?
I have been a bit timid to watch ‘PDL’ when I realized that Adam Sandler played the main character in this film. I get the ‘comedy’ aspect–but a love story or romance film from Sandler? Punch-Drunk Love (2002) I will consider as one of ‘those’ kind of movies. A love story.
Barry Egan (Adam Sandler), a lonely, borderline mentally-ill, emotionally compromised, passive aggressive, self-employed brother of three sisters. One day when Barry was at his loneliest he decides to call a phone sex hot-line. Telling the operator his name, date of birth…credit card number, just to have someone to talk to. Later Barry notices that his credit card has unusual charges on it. He decides to call a ‘customer service’ representative–who transfers Barry to the manager–Dean the ‘Mattress Man’ (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). He tells Barry, in so many words, that he’s screwed.
To avoid further charges to his credit card, Barry cancels the card.
As a result of that action–Dean send a ‘reminder‘ to Barry that maybe canceling his credit card was the wrong thing to do.
In the meantime, Barry discovers a great deal buying Healthy Choice™ pudding snacks which involved frequent flier miles*.
In between pudding and being bullied by the ‘phone-sex trio,’ Barry finds love. Lena (Emily Watson) is a mild mannered personality that appeals to Barry as a pure and wholesome individual.
This is his inner strength…his power.
No longer will Barry passively beat the walls of bathroom stalls to release his anger. He finds that love is the most motivating thing in the whole world. Now, you will only have to see how this love works in his favor. Punch-Drunk Love (2002) is Adam Sandler at his emotionally stimulating best.
‘I didn’t do anything. I’m a nice man. I mind my own business. So you tell me ‘that’s that’ before I beat the hell from you. I have so much strength in me you have no idea. I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine. I would say ‘that’s that’, Mattress Man.’
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