This is PTA’s 4th film and quite possibly his strangest. Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is glaringly odd, but just like most of Paul’s characters, we are captivated by that oddness. Sandler gives what I see as by far his best performance ever, with the likes of Emily Watson and PTA go-to, Philip Seymour Hoffman, keeping the bar very high as well. The film made no money when it came out, but it has found a second life just like most of Paul’s work.
Barry is a single dude who sells novelty items for a living, and we see him encounter some very random shit right at the beginning of the film. It only gets stranger as he meets Lena (Watson) because one of his seven annoying sisters sets it up for them to run into each other while he is at work. Barry deals with the stress of his sisters by trying to find a loophole in a Healthy Choice promotion by buying insane amounts of pudding, and calling a sex line operator, but that only makes things even more complicated as his feelings rise for Lena. It sounds like chaos, because it is and I love it. For me, this is just another extraordinary film made by the great PTA