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Movie Review: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

'Silver Linings Playbook' Rated: R Time: 122 min. My Rating: 4/4 stars

Movie Review: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

There are two ways one can look at “Silver Linings Playbook.”

The first way involves seeing a man overcome a harsh mental illness. The second way is the story of a man and his search for true love and acceptance.

I chose neither of these paths (or both depending on how you look at it), and instead, developed my own view: “Silver Linings Playbook” is the story of a man who defeats his illness through the discovery of love and acceptance.

After he is released from a mental hospital, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) attempts to put his life back together by reconciling with his estranged wife. However, when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), he finds that his life will become more complicated.

Since “Silver Linings Playbook” has been nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress, it comes as no surprise that the acting and story are simply stellar.

Cooper and Lawrence form a great team due to their madness, attitude, and identical sense of humor.

Together, they develop their characters into people the audience cares about. Each stage of Cooper’s recovery can be clearly seen as he spends more time with Lawrence.

The story of “Silver Linings Playbook” also deserves recognition.

Unlike most romantic comedies, it does not overpower the movie with romance. Instead, it creates an awkward relationship between two people that do not possess normal social skills. In addition, the story is easy to follow and contains many laughable moments as well as somber ones.

Though “Silver Linings Playbook” was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, I could not help but notice the standard romantic comedy formula at work. It is not any cause for alarm, but it will be nice when a film in this genre can be produced using a different plot structure.

“Silver Linings Playbook” has definitely earned all of its Academy Award nominations.

However, I predict that it will win one, maybe two: Robert De Niro for Best Supporting Actor and Jacki Weaver for Best Supporting Actress.
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