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4. "Punch-Drunk Love" (2003)

How we love the verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown, off-kilter, romantic comedy, "Punch-Drunk Love." No matter how you feel about Adam Sandler, he'll leave a lasting impression on you as Barry Egan, the Californian businessman and put-upon brother who falls for the ever-patient Emily Watson. So alien yet incredibly human is he in the movie, that he and director Paul Thomas Anderson frequently put the viewer into a state of Barry-phobia. It's perfectly illustrated in this scene in which Barry flies (for the first time) all the way to Hawaii just to see his beloved. His arrival is beautifully, though oddly scored to Shelley Duvall's "He Needs Me" from Robert Altman's "Popeye." Sandler, who had displayed talent before this, has never been so fantastically abstract, utilizing his scared-yet-angry-but-violent-little-boy persona with a darkness and sweetness that is simply sublime.

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