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Saturday July 21st 2018

Punch-Drunk Love | 2002

Punch-Drunk Love location: Eckhart Autobody, Canoga Avenue, Chatsworth
Punch-Drunk Love location: the toilet plunger business where Barry Egan works: Eckhart Autobody, Canoga Avenue, Chatsworth

After the multi-focus sweep of Magnolia, Paul Thomas Anderson turned to this strangely quirky romance, which begins like a David Lynch movie, with a shocking car smash, and the arrival of a mysterious harmonium, on Canoga Avenue, outside the toilet-plunger business where Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) works.

In reality, it’s a bodyshop, Eckhart Autobody, 10101 Canoga Avenue at Mayall Street, Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley.

Lovestruck Barry follows Lena Leonard (Emily Watson) to Hawaii, where they stay at the venerable ‘Pink Palace of the Pacific’, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.

The shady ‘Utah’ operation of Dean Trumbell (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is Foothill Furniture & Mattresses, 390 West Foothill Boulevard, at Falcon Street, Pomona, east of Los Angeles.