An intense, loving, emotional and funny family story from The Fighter director, David O. Russell. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence find themselves partners in a secret arrangement to rebuild their broken lives. Robert De Niro yearns to get closer to his son (Cooper), as he tries to keep the family afloat with his compulsive bookmaking. –TIFF
David Owen Russell born in August 20, 1958 is an American film director and screenwriter. He has been praised for the loose, comic energy that characterizes his work, and notorious for his explosive confrontations with cast members.
Russell was born in New York City, New York to a Jewish father and an Italian American Catholic mother, and was raised in an “atheistic” household. He graduated from Amherst College in 1981, majoring in Political Science and English. He is good friends with film directors Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze.
His first directorial effort was the independent dark comedy Spanking the Monkey in 1994, starring Jeremy Davies as a troubled young man who develops an incestuous relationship with his mother (Alberta Watson). Despite the controversial subject matter, the film received critical acclaim and won him Best First Screenplay and Best First Feature from the Independent Spirit Awards, as well as the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. read more
I started off really hating this movie, the characters annoyed me more than anything and the flow of the film felt all disjointed. Somewhere around the 1 hour mark, the movie really started to click. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence formed this great chemistry and it made the film more bearable to watch and pretty soon so did the rest of the characters. I also forgot that this is a David O Russell film where most of the people in his movies are usually pretty weird and quirky. Silver Linings is not your ordinary Rom Com and that's what set it apart from other films of last year. I enjoyed the heck out of this one.
David O. Russell has won me over yet again. I love everything about this film. And I recognize that it may be just as delusional as Pat senior's belief that his son's presence in the room can influence the outcome of the Eagles game, but I cannot help but cling tightly to Pat's romantic belief - if you just work hard and stay positive, you may just have a shot at a silver lining.
David O. Russell flirts with absurdism, flinging characters into a chaotic universe before using Hollywood convention to reel them back in.
Wave goodbye to the funny, unpredictable David O. Russell who took human beings disarmingly seriously.
Title: Silver Linings Playbook
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: David O. Russell
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Dopo qualche anno un po’ interlocutorio, è un piacere ritrovare Robert De Niro così in forma. Seppur sfavorito dal doppiaggio, il suo Pat sr. si allinea con merito a un lungo elenco di personaggi indimenticabili… read review
I like to be able to add the words “comedy” and “tragedy” at the same time here. This is a movie that is neither wacky or poking fun, but rather a glimpse into a quite cute film where honesty plays… read review