By Kyle Lee
Set here in our very own town of Philadelphia, Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell. Featuring actors such as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Chris Tucker, the movie has a 92% ‘fresh’ rating on the ‘TomatoMeter’ from RottenTomatoes.com. It has been nominated for 8 Academy Awards, many of them coming from the movie’s unique thematic setting. The extravagant movie is perfect for rom-com lovers because of it’s wonderfully crafted romantic development and because of fantastic acting throughout the full two hours and two minutes of the movie (Jennifer Lawrence won an academy award for best actress!). Please note, this movie is rated R for it’s use of violent language and some sexual content, so viewer discretion is advised before watching the movie.
I personally loved the movie because it had a plethora of plots that were separate but elegantly intertwined together at the end. Furthermore, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper played their roles perfectly and created a legitimately warm feeling in my heart. Silver Linings Playbook isn’t your average romantic comedy. Expect a couple laughs and a couple tears from this wonderful movie.
Based on a best selling novel, Patrick “Pat” Solatano, Jr.(played by Bradley Cooper) is released from a mental hospital and is determined to repair the damage he’s done to his life. Number one on his priority list is to rebuild his past marriage with his former wife, Nikki. However, due to his heavy bipolar disease, he is put on a restraining order after nearly beating up his ex-wife’s new boyfriend to death. In his desperation to get her back, Pat is drawn towards Tiffany Maxwell (played by Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow in the neighborhood. Tiffany also suffers from a mental illness due to her husbands death 3 months prior. Since then, she has had no value of her body and let many men take advantage of her. In a surprising entwinement of coincidence, Tiffany offers to help Pat get his ex-wife back if he agrees to join a dance competition with her. The two become closer as their relationship grows closer as they handle their individual issues at home. All while this is happening, Pat’s father, Pat Sr. (played by Robert De Niro) is a superstitious gambler that lives for the Philadelphia Eagles. Without revealing too much, this all builds up into a classic screwball romantic comedy situation in which two separate-but-not-separate bets are inspired.
Top Critic Reviews
“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’Hehrir, Salon.com
“A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.”
-Lisa Schwarzbaum, entertainment weekly