Punch-Drunk Love 2002 ★½

I don't believe Paul Thomas Anderson makes films to be enjoyed, more films to be Appreciated. Punch-Drunk Love is enormously dissonant for a love story - in its soundtrack, plot, and dialogue - and I found it hard to connect with. That being said, it's tremendously effective at building this all pervading awkwardness, and the scene where Barry goes to dinner with his sisters and extended family was really well judged. Also, I'd be curious to see Sandler doing more roles like this that don't involve him being a gurning, hyperactive cartoon, because he's weirdly compelling as a straight man.

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