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Silver Linings Playbook

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David O. Russell

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Plot Summary

Nominated for eight (8) Academy Awards, this acclaimed film broke stigmas for mood disorders in a raw, exuberant and ultimately triumphant story of misfit love, family and community. Set specifically in a Philadelphia neighborhood (based on Matthew Quick’s novel), Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper surprised, moved, and captivated audiences in his portrayal of Pat Solatano, a man who returns from eight (8) months of enforced time in a mental hospital to put his life back together. Jennifer Lawrence dazzled — and won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Actress — as the tough and inspired neighborhood girl recovering from her own tragedies. She synchronized with gem performances by fellow Academy Award nominees Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver who created an emotional household unlike any other in film built upon this father's superstitious bookmaking on Philadelphia Eagles games. With a stellar cast rounded out by Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, Anupam Kehr, Shea Whigham, and Julia Stiles, the film was singled out by US Senators in Washington seeking parity for mental health treatment and services. The film is a surprising story as heartfelt as it is comedic and enchanting.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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92%
  • Reviews Counted: 228
  • Fresh: 209
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 4, 2013

Fresh: It's a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed, injecting it with the grit and emotion of realist drama rather than with amped-up whimsy or social satire or montages of people walking on the beach. – Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Jan 4, 2013

Fresh: An edgy romantic dramedy that suits our anxious times. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Nov 21, 2012

Fresh: This meaningful film keeps the laughs, giddy anxiousness and warm butterflies from the trailer and sustains it all through two full hours of a love story. – Ricardo Baca, Denver Post, Nov 21, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Thank you

Being that I'm a 16 year old girl, who has been diagnosed with severe depression, been put in a psychiatric hospital, and now has officially been diagnosed with being bipolar, this movie means more to me than words can say. It had me crying and laughing every second. After seeing this movie, I don't feel alone anymore, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Thank you to the creators of this movie and the book.

A BEAUTIFULLY UNBALANCED LOVE STORY

When it comes to the overwhelming crowd of Hollywood-produced romantic comedies we tend to see every year or so, "Silver Linings Playbook" is truly a diamond in the rough. With its unconventional story, naturally flawed cast of unstable characters, and impressive balance of poignant drama and heartfelt hilarity, this fantastic film sheds a painful yet uplifting light on the ups and downs of mental instability, while also forming a relationship around two of the unlikeliest of people. It's an emotional roller coaster ride full of compassion and craziness, love and laughter, depth and personal destruction, and just about everything in between. It isn't always the easiest film to watch, but if you have the patience, it's worth it.

The movie follows Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), a former teacher struggling with severe cases of bipolar disorder and depression. After spending eight months in a mental health institution, he finds himself moving back in with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro). Determined to get his life back on track and retain a positive attitude, Pat wants nothing more than to reunite with his estranged ex-wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation (she has a restraining order against him following a previous incident). In light of this situation, he tries contacting her through some of his old friends. It's through them that he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl who has complicated problems of her own, and his life suddenly becomes a little more complex. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something for her in return: compete in a ballroom dance competition. And pretty soon, an unexpected bond between them slowly begins to form.

David O. Russell's story about the blooming romance between two unstable basket cases is both quietly subtle and uneasily complex at once. Like I said before, this isn't your typical Hollywood rom-com that demands a needlessly happy ending for everyone involved. It purely focuses on reality, and the characters (and actors) in the film couldn't be more genuine. From the moment the two of them appear on screen together, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence share a fluent, incredibly authentic chemistry. Their characters, Pat and Tiffany, are like loose firecrackers who can explode at any given moment. They always bring out the best and worst in each other, and that's what makes them so likable and interesting throughout the film. You can't easily predict how their individual stories will end since their personalities are wildly uneven, but because of their determined spirits, they genuinely make you want to root for them from start to finish. Despite both their remarkably powerful screen presences, Cooper and Lawrence aren't the only stars in this movie who strike a chord. Robert De Niro gives one of his best performances in recent years as Pat's father, a thoughtful but stern patriarch who constantly obsesses over his hometown football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. As for Jacki Weaver, who plays Pat's loving mother, she smartly underplays the role by staying away from most of the action and providing gentle support to her family when they need it. Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, and Julia Stiles all play their supporting roles to the best of their abilities, even though they star in very few scenes. But even so, this is one of the strongest all-star casts ever assembled for any romantic comedy, and it's only strengthened by the Oscar-worthy talents of Cooper and Lawrence.

Tackling a series of tricky mature themes - mental disorders just being one of many - with grace, heart, and humanity, "Silver Linings Playbook" is a beautifully crafted film that never aims to take the easy way out. Russell's direction is keen and sensitive, and the characters he's created are easily some of the most memorable, authentically realistic protagonists I've seen in a long time. The whole cast is excellent, the screenplay is consistently involving, the score by Danny Elfman is charming as always, and the humor and drama blend amazingly with one another. It's a smart, original film that features Bradley and Jennifer at their finest, and if you have the time, I eagerly recommend giving it a chance. You'll be glad you did.

Bipolar watching Bipolar

I find it funny that some of the people rating this movie poorly do it on the basis of it not being faithful of the reality of the disorder. I find it funny because I am bipolar. Because I have spent time in a hospital. Because I am medicated, and I go to support groups for people with this disorder, as does my mother to support groups for family members, and every single person I know who has seen this movie, and lives with this condition on a daily basis, has loved the movie. I can accept perfectly that people might not like the movie for several reasons, but I don't get this reason.

Bipolar disorder is tricky, and manifests differently in different people but there is loads there that any one of us could relate to… and not least importantly that it does provide an inspirational silver lining that strengthens the hearts of people who live in this world.

I confess I laughed a little too much in the movie. Like when the two compare medication, I was chuckling where most of the theater was quiet. Still, even if you take away the bipolar side of it, it's enchanting movie making, and a romantic comedy worth watching… to the likes I hadn't seen in a long time.

The acting was perfect, especially that of the Jacki Weaver, who is less mentioned than the other three, but not less amazing.

The movie is a mix of up and down and finally hope… perfect for a bipolar who is looking to be better… or just anyone really. :-)

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