Sandler, Seriously

IN PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, THE STAR SHOWS WHY HE'S THE SMARTEST COMEDIAN IN HOLLYWOOD

Say you're a college sophomore and you've been assigned to write a thesis on the art of comedy. Like many an industrious student in the information age, you go to the Internet and purchase one. On a website that sells dissertations and theses, you comb through papers on Moliere, Chaucer and Shakespeare until you find one you like: "Adam Sandler's Big Daddy: Utopian Qualities and Social Propaganda," a bargain at just under $200.

It begins, "The impracticality of Utopian qualities as they exist in the movie Big Daddy is a decidedly obvious deduction...[Big Daddy] speaks to the grave deficit in...

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