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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook"
photo courtesy of the Weinstein Company

“Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)


Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence light up the screen in “Silver Linings Playbook,” the latest film from Director David O. Russell (“The Fighter”). These two play a dysfunctional pair who find a measure of solace from their problems with each other. With Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker also in the cast the entertainment quotient is high.


At the start of the film Pat (Cooper) is being released from a mental care facility into his family’s care. Pat was hospitalized after his discovery of his wife cheating on him led him to some crazed actions. Now Pat’s main goal is getting is wife back. His father (De Niro) and mother (Weaver) try to discourage him from getting his hopes up but to little avail.


One of the things Pat tries to do each day is jog. On one of his runs he meets another runner named Tiffany (Lawrence). She is a widow whose husband’s death has thrown her for an emotional loop. Pat and Tiffany strike up a friendship which is mutually beneficial. How it evolves makes up the remainder of the film.


Cooper has never been better than he is in this film. He shows a range of depth of emotions that is awesome. Still the movie would not be the great entertainment it is without the participation of Lawrence. This young actress is amazing, and each time she is on screen you are riveted to her. Although she is in her early twenties you never question she is a woman with a sad marriage behind her. She has a haunted look in her eyes but a determined demeanor also. Hers is one of the best acting performances of the year.


De Niro also has his best role in ages. As the movie plays out you begin to see what influence his character has had on his son’s life. His quirks and obsessive behavior have taken root in the next generation and have been enhanced. As his wife, Weaver has little to do but you appreciate that she is there to give De Niro’s character some balance.


The film is rated R for profanity and sexual situations.


“Silver Linings Playbook” is a funny, dramatic, affecting movie about real people. It is superbly acted by the entire cast, and brilliantly directed by David O. Russell. It might not be a movie that appeals to everyone but for those who do get into its rhythm it is a joy.


I scored “Silver Linings Playbook” a rainbow 7 out of 10.




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