Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook

It seems that the only romantic comedies that come out these days play out clichés that have been used time and again. Since most romantic movies’ endings often cannot avoid being predictable, filmgoers now hope that the journey to that ending will be new and exciting. In acclaimed director David O. Russell’s latest film, Silver Linings Playbook, we see this journey in a fresh, unpredictable way.

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in their Academy Award Nominated roles.

In the film, Bradley Cooper portrays the bipolar Pat Solitano, who has just been released from a mental facility into the custody of his parents. His father (played by Robert De Niro) is a passionate Eagles fan, who is unemployed, but hopes to one day open a restaurant. Pat is trying to bring his life back onto track, so that he can win back his wife, whose affair triggered Pat’s mental breakdown. At a close friend’s dinner party, Pat meets Tiffany Maxwell (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence), a widow and former sex-addict. After a few bumpy moments, they begin to develop an unlikely friendship, and eventually, a romance. An intertwined set of circumstances-an Eagles game, Pat’s father’s failing restaurant, gambling, and a letter to Pat’s former wife-lead to the psychotic lovers preparing for a dance competition together.

Although I am often not a fan of romantic comedies, I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Much of this credit belongs to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, both of whom portrayed their damaged characters with mature depth and honesty. Personally, I was most impressed by Lawrence’s Golden-Globe-winning performance, as she transformed a character that could have easily been detestable into one that was refreshingly real. The raw and human quality of this film, as well as its sharp humor, places it among this year’s best.

–Khush Dhaliwal, Staff Writer

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