Certificate 15, 122 minutes
Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
Silver Linings Playbook is based on the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. This film tells the story of Pat (Bradley Cooper) who has just been released from a mental health facility into the care of his parents Pat Sr. (Robert de Niro), and Dolores (Jacki Weaver).
Pat had been ordered to go there after some difficulties with his wife revealed a long standing but previously untreated mental health issue. He now believes he is fully better and recovered and no longer has a problem, but Pat is a lot less stable and a lot more erratic than he actually believes he is. He also seems deluded, going by the available evidence, as to how his wife still thinks of both him and their relationship.
Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Silver_Linings_Playbook_Poster.jpgWhilst at a dinner at his friend Ronnie's (John Ortiz) he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) the sister of Ronnie's wife Veronica (Julia Stiles, Jason Bourne). Tiffany also has some issues of her own following the death of her husband, which led to various behavioural problems such as being less than discriminating as to who she slept with, resulting in her also getting treatment and medication. Pat believes Tiffany is a lot more unbalanced than he is, despite any evidence to the contrary, and doesn't hesitate to call her crazy - which he, of course, isn't. Even though they both see a psychiatrist and take medication, that doesn't mean he is crazy, as he thinks he is acting a lot more rationally than Tiffany and a lot more rationally than he actually is.
Despite everything, Pat is determined to approach things positively. Sometimes the wrong things, and sometimes it's not well thought out, but at least he is trying. Throughout the film his relationship with Tiffany develops, erratically, but they are both erratic people.
Chris Tucker does a pretty good job as Pat's friend from the mental health facility, Danny McDaniels. Even if he's basically playing the same role as he usually does, his hyper manicness fitted well with his character.
Silver Linings Playbook is, to some extent, a romantic comedy, but the major characters are different from those that you would find in most films in this genre. The central focus of the film is the relationship between two damaged individuals, Tiffany and Pat, struggling to put their lives back together after circumstances shattered them. The interactions between them and between their family and friends are the most important part of the film, so the performance of the cast is really important. Much of the humour comes from Pat and Tiffany; their experiences make them, and especially Pat, rather blunt and often tactless in how they speak to people.
The interactions were handled well and Jennifer Lawrence as the erratic Tiffany and Bradley Cooper as the different, but also erratic Pat, gave a great performance as two people trying to adjust to society again and rebuild their relationships and getting strength from each other. Silver Linings Playbook is an enjoyable film about the troubles two people go through and how their family friends help, or hinder, them.
Certificate 15, 122 minutes