Paul Thomas Anderson won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for this homage to the healing power of romantic love. Adam Sandler is a revelation as a withdrawn and lonely novelty plunger salesman prone to uncontrollable fits of rage, a lifelong victim of relentless bullying at the hands of his seven sisters. When the wide-eyed but slightly off-kilter Emily Watson walks into his life things change dramatically, but first he has to disentangle himself from a phone sex extortion scam masterminded by menacing mattress salesman Philip Seymour Hoffman. DIR/SCR/PROD Paul Thomas Anderson; PROD Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar. U.S., 2002, color, 95 min. RATED R
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