Movies about people with mental health issues are few and far between. It’s even more for them to be both funny and serious, flippant and life affirming all in one.
And there’s a lot in there about the Philadelphia Eagles for the sports fan too.
The characters in “Silver Linings Playbook” are all broken in their own way, but they each find a better place through their love for each other.
Leads Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are two stars at the top of their game. And this film gives them space to really demonstrate why they’re so good. Cooper provides a pitch perfect performance – bouncing between mania and quiet uncertainty in a hyper-believable moment. And Lawrence commands the screen, almost daring you not to fall in love with her.
It’s a credit to them that each can hold their own in a movie with Robert DeNiro as the OCD gambling addict in a fantastic performance without being outshone.
While still a strong film throughout, “Silver Linings Playbook” still drags a touch in the middle and the film’s conclusion does seem to gloss over some of the characters’ long term struggles, so honestly addressed in the beginning of the movie.
Even so, go see it. You’ll leave with the reborn hope that your own silver lining isn’t that far away.
Opening; “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables” and “Parental Guidance”
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