Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Director: David Russell
The film was adapted from Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel of the same name.
The film stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano, a man struggling with bipolar disorder who is released from a psychiatric hospital only to move in with his parents in Pennsylvania (his father was played by Robert DeNiro). He hopes to reconcile with his ex-wife -he was initially sent to the clinic after he had a violent outburst after catching her in the shower with another man. He believes he sees life differently now -seeing the “silver linings” in everything. He meets a young widow who is also struggling with her mental health, Tiffany (played by Jennifer Lawrence). She promises to help him get back his wife if they join a dance competition together. After a series of events involving the gambling of Pat’s father, Pat and Tiffany eventually wind up together, after Pat professes his love for Tiffany. They stop wearing their wedding rings.
For this role, Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Silver Lingings Playbook is a surprisingly enjoyable film, despite being a romance film – it is both dark but funny. Lawrence and Cooper give terrific performances, and DeNiro delivers a funny performance, as well.