After a stint in a mental hospital, a former teacher returns home to live with his parents, but his newfound connection with a girl in the neighborhood with mental problems of her own threatens to unravel his recovery.
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It's not as deep as it could be nor it is as insufferably cheesy as it could have been. This hesitation makes its weird density hard to get and go into. But the duo Cooper / Lawrence is rather delicious to observe, with some interesting dreamy and wordless sequences.
A loopy mishmash of comedy, romance and drama in the way only David O. Russell knows how to cook up, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK succeeds because of its perfectly cast actors, roving cinematography, and that crazy, adrenaline-pumping dance sequence at the end. I guess all films about real Americana must have one. Right?
One of the worst endings in recent memory. The main character learns nothing, randomly falls in love with someone he showed no previous romantic interest in, broke the law, ignored his doctor's advice, refused help from family, doesn't take his medication and remains mentally ill at the end of the movie. And we're suppose to be rooting for this guy?!
Silver Linings Playbook could've easily turned into a shitty romantic comedy with Gerard Butler and Sarah Jessica Parker but went the route of a touching (and reasonably accurate) portrait of mental illness and sports fanaticism (maybe a redundant comment, I know), all under the guise of a black comedy. Every performance was superb even if the plot got a little hokey and convenient towards the end.
Fully expected this to be another over-hyped and under-whelming David O. Russell picture, when in fact it was quite sweet. Bradley Cooper finally shedding his "bro" skin for something more mature and complex. Jennifer Lawrence was adorable as ever, despite her nuttiness. The cinematography was quite bare (raw, even) but it worked. Simply put, it's a dark comedy with a real good heart.
Mental illness? Check. A happy ending? Check. Robert De Niro actually not wrecking a recent film he's been in? Check. A film which makes out that Everyone's A Bit Crazy? Check. Robert De Niro crying? Check. In short, a feelgood film awards panel will feel okay with showering prizes on? Yep. A machine for winning Oscars, which is why it feels so hollow to me.
Nice chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence but the writing sucked, especially in the second half of the movie. Why they had to bring all that bookmaking into the movie is beyond me, really drug it down.
Who knew the man who called Lily Tomlin a 'cunt' could make a subject like mental illness seem so dull, predictable and twee? This film, like Bradley Cooper's performance, feels totally hollow. I like Lawrence though.