I went into Silver Linings Playbook knowing absolutely nothing about it. I knew it was written and directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter) and that it had a great cast. It was later that I found out that David O. Russell actually crafted this film for his son who has bipolar disorder. Each character in the movie has an issue to deal with and each actor/actress performs their part spectacularly.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a bipolar man recently released from a psychiatric hospital. He is moving back in with his parents and is determined to win back his estranged wife. Jennifer Lawrence, in her Oscar winning role as Tiffany Maxwell, plays a neurotic widowed sex addict. Tiffany offers Pat the chance to win back his wife, but only if he enters a dance competition with her.If you weren’t a fan of Jennifer Lawrence before, this might be the film that makes you one. At a mere 21 years old, she is able to keep up with veteran actors such as Robert De Niro. The beauty of the movie is in the way the characters are portrayed. The characters in the film feel realistic and at times even relatable. The chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is excellent. Both are volatile and unpredictable, making it difficult to know how these characters are going to react. Robert De Niro plays Pat Sr., an OCD Eagles fan. De Niro has proven time and time again that he is a marvelous actor and Silver Linings is no exception. My favorite scene is one that David O. Russell claimed was the toughest to write. It involves the character of Tiffany showing up at Pat’s house to confront both Pat and Pat’s father. It’s a chaotic scene that showcases everyone’s talent.
With a film dealing with so many disorders and complicated characters, you would expect it to be completely dramatic. Silver Linings Playbook, while dramatic, also contains scenes that are genuinely funny. I went in not knowing what to expect and I came out surprised. This is an unorthodox romantic comedy that is funny, dramatic, and uplifting. It may not be for everyone, but I certainly enjoyed it.