Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

posterDirector: David O. Russell

Writer: David O. Russell (Screenplay) Matthew Quick (Novel)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, Julia Stiles


Story: When Pat (Cooper) finds his wife cheating on him he snaps and ends up in a mental institution. After his release he moves back in with his parents Pat Sr (De Niro) and Dolores (Weaver) where he tries to rebuild his life. This involves weekly therapy with Doctor Patel (Kher) all along Pat is trying to reconnect with his wife, but with the restraining order against him this is a small problem he must overcome. A chance meeting with beautiful but troubled Tiffany (Lawrence) offers him a chance to connect with his wife but in return he must help Tiffany in a dance tournament.


Verdict: All the Oscar recognition this film got a fully deserved every single performer is outstanding and the story is wonderful told showing how people with small problems in life can overcome them for the better, be it Bi-Polar, OCD, Depression. Each character grows with the story and you really do start to feel for each character.

Comedy: Gentle light hearted moments that will make you laugh which work for the story (9/10)

Romance: a strong romantic story told without be fully in your face. (10/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest this to all film fans this will soon become one of the favourites on many people’s lists. (10/10)


Star Performance:  Bradley Cooper – could easily have won the Oscar on any other year

Jennifer Lawrence – proving that there is great talent in the young actress fully deserved her Oscar

Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver – both provided great supporting acting and also got their Oscar nods but not wins

Favourite Character:  Pat – struggles so much with everything through the film and learns so much


Best Part: the dance tournament


Favourite Quote: Pat ‘The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday. That’s guaranteed. I can’t begin to explain that. Or the craziness inside myself and everyone else. But guess what? Sunday’s my favourite day again. I think of what everyone did for me, and I feel like a very lucky guy.’

Similar Too: Gigantic, Punch Drunk Love

Overall: Now one of my favourite films this is a truly great film that will not age. I believe this film should have won the best picture as I found this the most entertaining of all the brilliant films made.

Rating 98%

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