Punch Drunk Love (2002)

Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, etc.
95 minutes

From the thread, “Recently Watched Movies (Second Round)”

Mitchell Said:
December 5, 2005 at 12:09 am

Punch-Drunk Love.

Saw this when it hit theaters and really liked it. Grace totally, totally hated it, rating it just above Event Horizon, but this has been on my “rent it and see it again” list for a long time, so I watched it again this weekend.

And I like it even more.

Tony’s always saying that in order for him to connect with a movie, he’s got to connect in some way with a character, and while I have seen a lot of movies with a lot of characters I could relate to, this is really the first movie I thought could have been about me. The complete alienation the Adam Sandler character seems to feel around the very people he should feel the most bonded to, plus his serious detachment from the rest of the world — these are things I can relate to. I don’t know very many people who are like me in this way, but for Paul Thomas Anderson and Adam Sandler to nail it as well as they do makes me think I’m not as strange as I think I must be.

8/10 and climbing.

Reid Said:
December 5, 2005 at 10:22 pm

What was the meaning or significance of the organ/keyboard that fell off the truck?

Mitchell Said:
December 7, 2005 at 5:20 am

I don’t have time to get into this in great detail, but quickly:

The violent car crash that opens the film and the harmonium that gets placed (it doesn’t fall; this is an important detail) alongside the same stretch of road go together. They represent the conflicting aspects of Barry Egan’s character. The harmonium is representative of the way the Emily Watson character is dropped into his life and how it eventually takes over so that, while his raging side is still there, it is the sensitive, quiet side that he embraces, probably saving him.

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