Punch Drunk Love
Adam Sandler takes a turn playing a more dramatic than comical role in this off-beat romance. Barry (Sandler), a novelty vendor, feels somewhat hen-pecked by his seven sisters, so his relationships with other women are virtually non-existent. However, on an unusual morning, two events change his world. A taxi drops a harmonium on the sidewalk outside his warehouse, and Lena (Emily Watson) leaves her car for repair, giving the keys to Barry for safe-keeping.
This off-beat love story may surprise Sandler fans with its more subdued character. But limited distribution will keep crowds down. Like the found harmonium, Barry needs a little repair and a little attention before his life can make music. After the caring domination of his sisters, having Lena look up to him is a new adventure. Wanting someone to share his feelings with, he calls an ‘intimate’ phone number and gets explicit sexual talk. When the woman calls back the next day asking for additional money, Barry cancels his credit card, prompting a visit from the girl’s brothers. Although somewhat graphic, the beating is mild. But when the brothers injure Lena by hitting Barry’s car, his rage returns a severe beating to them. To his credit, Barry confronts the woman and her sleazy boss to end the encounters. No graphic sex scenes or nudity mar the film, however, the dialogue includes an explicit sexual conversation, frequent obscenities and some strong profanity. Sadly, this poignant romance is flawed with premarital sex, frequent obscenity and violent outbursts.