January 21, 2013
Silver Linings Playbook ~ Review
Silver Linings Playbook is about Pat (Bradley Cooper) who spends 8 months in a psychiatric hospital as part of a plea agreement. He had caught his wife cheating on him and almost killed the guy she was sleeping with. While in the hospital he is diagnosed as bipolar and when his time is up he is released to go live with his parents. He has vowed to get himself together, lose weight, and win his wife back. Along this journey he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who has her own demons she is trying to deal with.
This is not your normal romantic comedy where boy meets girl and realizes she is the love of his life no matter what he thought before. He is on a mission to win back his wife and she decides to help him. In exchange for her help he has to agree to do something completely crazy for her by being her partner in a dance competition.
Their relationship is chaotic, crazy, and pretty messed up at times but they find that they help each other with the situations that they are in. There is also a crazy assortment of Pat’s friends and family that just want to help him get better as well: His dad (Robert Deniro) who is completely OCD obsessed with the Eagles, his friend that he met in the hospital (Chris Tucker) that keeps popping up after sneaking out, his friend (John Ortiz) that is in a crazy marriage to his wife (Julia Stiles), and his therapist who cracks me up.
This movie was so great because it didn’t hollywoodize this situation. This was a story about a group of people that could be your next door neighbors. It was dysfunctional, loud, crazy, complicated, blunt, and in your face.
After reading other reviews I have read so many people talk about how this movie portrays bipolar disorder so well. I personally don’t know anyone that suffers from this but I think that Bradley Cooper did such an amazing job with his character. Jennifer Lawrence has been one of my favorite actresses since Hunger Games but let me tell you, this girl does crazy and she does it brilliantly.
I HIGHLY recommend this movie as a must see! However, as with most rated R movies, I do not recommend it for children. There is quite a bit of strong language and I really don’t think the subject matter is something they would be interested in anyway.
Have a GREAT Monday!!