Movie Review: Silver Linings Play Book
Billed As A Romantic Dramatic Comedy
The movie Silver Linings Playbook, is based on the novel by Matthew Quick, This movie was billed as a romantic, dramatic comedy. To call it a comedy is quite a stretch, but it is good. Chris Tucker, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have some very funny moments.
Silver Linings Playbook is an emotionally charged movie about a family dealing with metal illness and how love, success and hard work brings healing. There are moments when everyone is so out of control you aren't actually sure who the sick people are. The acting is excellent, the chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper is dynamic. Their acting has so much depth it will keep you you on the edge of your seat.
Many of you may identify with the characters because they are so realistic. This movie deals accurately and honestly with mental illness.
The Movie Begins
The movie begins with a man in a mental hospital about to be released. It is really more of a escape from the mental hospital. When he arrives at the home of his parents the wild ride of family interaction begins.
As the movie unfolds you discover the cause of his hospitalization through flash backs and dreams. He literally tries to out run his past.
This movie is the typical boy meets girl kind of drama with a twist. The main characters are dealing with mental illness.The girl's husband, a police officer is dead. She is trying to get some equilibrium.
The characters reconnect during dinner at a relatives home. Both are socially inappropriate. Despite the craziness they end up on a date.
The girl (Tiffany) wants to enter a dance contest, but doesn't have a partner. The guy(Patrick) is trying to exercise himself into mental health. Since, he is in such good shape he would make the perfect partner. The rest of the story is how Tiffany convinces Patrick to become her partner and the weeks of practicing leading up to the contest. The climax comes when Patrick is faced with the reason for his mental breakdown when he should be queuing for the contest. Afraid he has flaked out on her Tiffany nearly destroys her chance for success.
The Star Studded Cast
The star studded cast of Bradly Cooper (The Wedding Crashers,The Hangover) Jennifer Lawrence(Hunger Games) Robert De Niro (The God Father, Raging Bull) Chris Tucker(Rush Hour) Jackie Weaver(Animal Kingdom) did an exceptional job of portraying a family dealing with Bi-Polar Disease, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, gambling and the social malfunctions that are symptomatic of the disease. .
This movie surely deserves it's academy nomination.
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If you are dealing with mental illness yourself or with an acquaintance or loved one, this movie might not be the movie for you, but then it might. The acting is superb. Silver Linings Playbook deals accurately with the mood swings and sometimes violence of mental illness. This is an intense movie.
It has a strong "R" rating, surprisingly, there is almost no sex. The movie rating is for strong language, and some violence. The sensitive way this movie deals mental illness especially bi-polar disease is courageous and certainly something needing to come out in the open. The creators of Silver Linings Playbook do a nice job.
Silver Linings Playbook is a drama infused with humor and hope.
The running time is 120 minutes.
The rating for this movie is "R" for language.
Silver Lining's Playbook received numerous academy award nominations. The Academy Awards have come and gone. They academy agreed with me. Silver Linings Playbook received 5 nominations. The nominations were;
Best actor: Bradley Cooper
Best actress : Jennifer Lawrence
Best supporting actor: Robert D' Niro
Best adapted screen play.
The big winner was...Jennifer Lawrence for best actress.
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