Film Review: Silver Linings Playbook

This film had an interesting combination.

The story is a simple one, with layers but it is confronting to watch, thanks to the realism of the disease of bipolar and of dsyfunctional and/or loving families.

It is also funny, but sad.

Bradley Cooper is superb as the main character, Patrick Solitano, recently released from a mental facility into the custody of his parents, both portrayed with such warmth and showing complete emotions by Robert de Niro and Jackie Weaver.

Jennifer Lawrence, well and truly deserved her awards for acting from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild, her portrayal of Tiffany was tear inducing and also quite memorable. There are characters that stick with you, long after the film has finished, this will be one of them.

The supporting cast includes a favourite of mine, Anupam Kher, who can always be trusted to turn in a good performance. Shea Whigham, Julia Stiles, John Ortiz were all great too, but the real surprise was Chris Tucker, who had the comedic timing as always, but also some good dramatic skills to keep his interactions subtle enough.

The director, David O. Russell (who also wrote the screenplay) while keeping things real with the hand held camera action, also changed a lot of what was the in book, that the film is based on.

May not have agreed with some parts, but as a whole, it works and he got his story across and made it great to watch, with the help of some truly outstanding actors and crew.


  1. This quote comes from another film with the same combination as Silver Linings Playbook.

    “Charlotte Bartlett: I shall never forgive myself.
    Lucy Honeychurch: You always say that, Charlotte. And then you always do forgive yourself.”


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