Rating: R for intense language and violence
Run Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Anderson knocked me out with his six-degrees of separation classic, “Magnolia”
(1999). I admired the stylistic moves of
his ode to 80s sleaze, “Boogie Nights” (1997).
smorgasbord of the bizarre, delivered on a vibrant silver platter. Sandler is the ill-at-ease Barry Egan, a
neurotic small-business owner who has been permanently damaged at the hands of
seven tyrannical sisters. Barry’s insular universe is blown apart when he meets
“Punch-Drunk Love” defies categorization. It’s an acquired taste; chock full of unforeseen hostility, suspended by an arrhythmic score, and saturated with poignant pity. Sandler’s perverse anxiety consumes the screen with a kinetic energy that’s as frightening as it is funny. Watson matches him scene for scene, never wavering from her faithful competence. Invigorating, surreal, and resonant with a rainbow of emotion - this is P.T. Anderson’s world.