Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Having just been released from an 8 month stint in a Baltimore psychiatric hospital for inability to cope from his wife having an affair, Pat (Bradley Cooper) is confused, lost and unsure how to get back on his feet. He returns to Philadelphia to live with his supportive mother (Jacki Weaver) and Eagles-obsessed father (Robert De Niro). Through the “Excelsior” program he learned in the hospital, his goal is to be positive and to get his wife Nikki back, but due to a restraining order, he can’t talk with her. A good friend of Pat’s, Ronnie (John Ortiz), is married to Nikki’s friend Veronica (Julia Stilies) and this is just the way back to his wife he needs. During a dinner at Ronnie’s, Pat meets Veronica’s sister Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) and she is just as screwed up as Pat, if not more, after the death of her husband. The two of them strike up a unique friendship that will test Tiffany’s need for companionship and Pat’s need to have Nikki back.
Silver Linings Playbook walks a fine line between being a far-out artsy film and a mainstream romance. Lacking true comedy to classify it as a Romantic Comedy, this movie dives deep into the struggle of two people trying to rediscover themselves. Instead of outright funny moments, the movie is full of awkward situations that can be taken lightly and humorously as well as uncomfortably. As someone who has worked with people with similar “issues,” I can tell you, the characters here only scratch the surface of people trying to cope with loss, however, that’s not to say that even people with mild issues don’t need help. The two characters try to use each other as support yet neither wants to get too close as to not be hurt again which is something we all can relate with. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence put their emotions on their sleeves and put up great performances, in fact, the performances from the supporting cast just adds to the depth. Most of the time in the “movie world,” movies with wonderous acting and stories about real life situations are drawn out and boring, but not Silver Linings Playbook. If you like deep, emotional movies with plenty of mainstream expectations, then this is for you! Plus Jennifer Lawrence is HOT… just saying!! Co-starring Chris Tucker and Anupam Kher.
8/10 Stars – It will tug and pull at your emotions, for the good and for the awkward, but in the end you will cheer.
Quirky, fun and inspiring, Silver Linings Playbook was a surprising and thoroughly enjoyable wanna-be romantic comedy. I have always held the strong belief that we are all more than a little bit crazy. Sliver Linings Playbook confirms that for me. We all have moments in life that we can pin point in this movie; not perhaps to the extreme but they are there I promise. It helps that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are two of the more “real” Hollywood actors, if there is such a thing. They give fabulous performances that are completely relatable and entertaining. And Cooper and Lawrence have an impressive chemistry that is hot and awkward at the same time. If there was a downside for Silver Linings Playbook for me it was the father character played by Robert De Niro. Nothing major but the character annoyed the hell out of me, which honestly was the point. So props to the writer, director and De Niro for pulling it off. Silver Linings Playbook is a must see for any film lover.
9/10 Stars – Enjoyed every minutes despite feeling embarrassed and awkward at various times…thus the point of the movie. P.S. You are crazy but it’s okay so are they!
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