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Punch-Drunk Love. Roger Ebert draws some really interesting conclusions…
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Punch-Drunk Love. Roger Ebert draws some really interesting conclusions from this film regarding Adam Sandler's entire oeuvre. (Also, I regularly read Ebert's Movie Answer Man column, where he and readers say hilarious and opinionated things.)
I myself enjoyed the film. I got to see it on a Tuesday matinee -- perhaps three people comprised the audience -- and I liked that I didn't know what would happen next, and the strange abstract color animations reminded me of Kieslowski's Blue, only less off-putting. Also, I will probably never see any other Sandler movie, just as I will never see a Jim Carrey film besides The Truman Show.
More coherently, I adored the protagonist, and rooted for him, and completely empathized with him, and the plot and dialogue and cinematography surprised me, and I felt very strange and alive when I exited the theater. I felt variants of this sensation after High Fidelity and Pleasantville, for purposes of comparison.
Immediately after watching it, I wasn't sure whether I had liked it -- that's how much it affected me emotionally!