Believe the hype. Silver Linings Playbook is easily one of this years most enjoyable films and one of my personal favorite films of 2012, no question. This serious yet funny film is packed with powerhouse performances from Bradley Cooper (A-Team, The Hangover) and Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games, X-Men: First Class), as two dysfunctional adults each trying to cope with life’s issues, to Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver as his loving yet concerned parents.
Directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter, Three Kings), who also adapted the screenplay, the film is based on Matthew Quick’s 2008 best selling novel of the same name. The film opens with Pat (Cooper) getting out of a mental institution, after spending eight months inside due to his reaction while discovering his wife cheating on him. Pat moves back in with his parents as he tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. De Niro is hilarious as Pat’s Eagles-obsessed (the football team) father with OCD and a gambling problem. It’s easily De Niro’s best role in years.
We soon meet Tiffany (Lawrence), who is the beautiful, kooky neighbor with her own set of issues. As Pat and Tiffany get to know each other- which is so much fun to watch as they have great on-screen chemistry- they make a mutually beneficial deal that requires them to dance in a competition in a matter of weeks. Mayhem ensues, but I dare not mention anything else as you are best to just go see this film! You will be glad you did!
Silver Linings Playbook is a funny, heart warming film about serious subjects. The performances will surely get some nominations come awards season. I am already placing my bets on De Niro to win Best Supporting Actor, as well as David O. Russell for his screenplay and possibly best director.
This story about a dysfunctional family is well worth the price of admission, and a great way to spend an evening with date… Go Eagles!!!
3.5 out of 4 stars
In theaters November 21st, watch the trailer here.