Silver Linings Playbook movie review

If you’re looking for your typical, over the top romance film, then this movie is not for you. Silver Linings Playbook written by New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick and adapted into a film directed by American filmmaker David O. Russell, is not your average love story. It’s a story about love, family, overcoming your obstacles and most importantly, having faith that things will get better—”finding the silver lining.”

The film has some heavy hitters including Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker, which makes it hard to not go see what all the hype is about. Cooper plays Pat Solatano who was just released from serving an 8-month sentence in a mental facility. Solatano was happily married to the love of his life Nikki (Brea Bree) until he came home one day to find her cheating on him while their wedding song played in the background. Solatano, like the passionate man he is, loses it and beats up his wife’s love, which landed him in the mental house instead of jail. Solatano comes home to no job, no wife, and back at his parent’s house (Robert Deniro and Jacki Weaver) who although loving, tend to make him lose his cool—adding to the comic relief of the film.

Solatano ends up meeting Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who is a young woman who recently lost her husband and is dealing with it in interesting ways. They form a relationship initially so that Solatano can have contact with his estranged wife Tiffany. What starts as a compromise, turns into an unexpected romance that affects the whole family. For the better or for worse you ask? How does it end? You’ll have to go see to find out.

It’s no mistake that Silver Linings Playbook was nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and Jennifer Lawrence’s role took the Golden Globe for Best Actress. This is definitely a film that gives everyone a little faith in being who they are, and embracing the crazy in all of us.

Silver Linings Playbook receives a PARL

Rating:
P…Horrible
PA…Tolerable
PAR…Good
PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ… Classic

 

written by Laura Nich misznic@live.com


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