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Movie Review: Silver Linings Play Book

Updated on February 28, 2014


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.


4 stars for Silverling's Playbook

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.

Academy Awards

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 movie

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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    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Blessing Eiddwen. Thanks for stopping.

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      4 years ago from Wales

      Thanks for sharing this great hub; voted up and shared.


    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Hope you enjoy. She got an academy award for it didn't she?

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      im going to see this movie...i think jen lawrence is really good.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Thanks you for stopping. Hope you enjoy the movie

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      5 years ago from New Zealand

      This sounds like a really interesting movie to see and I shall take note and check it out. Thanks for suggesting it.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Mhattre99- I had to be honest. This movie touched so close to home that it wasn't until writing that I realize it was an excellent movie.

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      An enthralling movie, tt, it will be interesting to see if the lead actors and the film win their respective Oscars.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this honest review.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Careermommy- I really like the name careermommy. Thanks for visiting.

      Deborah- It is a very good movie, but I was blindsided by how factually it deals with bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      I had never even heard about this movie when it got nominated for an academy award, and I still didn't know much about it before reading this hub. Thanks for the review.

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I just saw this movie last week and enjoyed it. I thought Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence deserved their Oscar nods. Robert Dinero was also excellent.


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