Punch Drunk Love

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Odd romantic journey for adults and older teens.

R 2002 95 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 14+

Adam Sandler's best movie. Philip Seymour Hoffman is hilarious.

age 15+

Sandler defies expectations in odd, touching movie

This hasn't a bad introduction to Paul Thomas Anderson, an extremely acclaimed director whose movies I hadn't seen up to this point. Nowhere are his funny accents and goofy humor: just a built up rage and sadness that makes you root for Barry because he's relatable. His sisters always give him guff and he doesn't feel welcome there...the only place he feels good in is with Lena. There are some homages to romance movies of the past, including swelling music when the two are together. I also loved seeing the late Hoffman onscreen. Even with only 10 minutes of the movie dedicated to him he still manages to steal the show!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

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