Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Plot Summary
Editor’s Note: Allison’s spot-on review originally ran method back at the start of the month, however the film is gap wide these days thus we’re sharing it yet again. Sharing is sweet.
Maybe we have a tendency to ar all somewhat crazy – whether or not we have a tendency to ar lying to ourselves concerning the relationships we have a tendency to ar in or why we have a tendency to believe holding a hankie or having the remote at an explicit angle can confirm the result of a game. however in contrast to most folks, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), has been deemed mentally unstable by each the court and his doctors at the psychiatric hospital we discover him in at the beginning of Silver Linings Playbook.
Pat could appear fairly sane, albeit unflinchingly honest, however as we have a tendency to learn why he over up in such a facility and watch him unravel at the sound of an explicit song, it becomes clear that Pat is managing problems he might not be ready to simply management with straightforward positive thinking. Pat is discharged to the care of his big-hearted mother, Dolores (Jacki Weaver), and his hot-headed father, Pat Sr. (Robert DE Niro), and whereas their family dynamic is slightly dysfunctional, it’s clear that all of them really care concerning each other.
Pat is making an attempt to return to terms along with his recent identification of being bi-polar, a reality he had been unaware of his whole life till a recent incident along with his married woman, Nikki (Brea Bee), sparked his unraveling. however despite this set back, Pat is prepared to start out over, and it’s this concept of constructing things right with Nikki and obtaining their “true love” back heading in the right direction that keeps him going.
Pat’s healer, Dr. Patel (Anupam Kher), recommends that Pat return up with a technique to manage his emotions. because it becomes clear that reading and running don’t seem to be keeping his outbursts under control, he encounters Louis Comfort Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a missy managing her own problems and also the unforeseen finish of her own wedding. the miscroscopic sister of 1 of Nikki’s friends, Louis Comfort Tiffany becomes the link Pat must come back to to bear along with his married woman, however Louis Comfort Tiffany demands Pat do her a favor reciprocally. As these 2 push and challenge each other, they stumble across some realizations concerning not solely themselves however conjointly one another.
Filled with a slew of seraphic and laughable supporting characters, from Pat’s friend from the establishment, Danny (Chris Tucker), to his straight-laced parole officer (Dash Mihok), Silver Linings Playbook delivers AN equal quantity of heart and humor, dexterously facilitating between the a lot of touching moments to the laugh-out-loud ones. even as he did with The Fighter, director David O. Russell takes audiences within the lives of ostensibly brash families and characters and uncovers verity tenderness and unconditional love they need for each other.
Cooper and Lawrence radiate off one another as they run each physically and mentally far from (and towards) one another, with him really filling the shoes of a number one man whereas Lawrence reminds United States of America why she caught numerous people’s attention in Winter’s Bone. Silver Linings Playbook actually proves that it takes many folks to assist someone realize their method back, however typically it takes only 1 one who will really acknowledge and meet the “crazy” in another to assist that person swallow, not simply run from, one’s issues.
Upside: A moving story grounded in enough real moments and humor to stay it from feeling too significant, unforgettable performances from each the leads and also the supporting solid and Lawrence proving she will go toe-to-toe with role player in one in every of the film’s best scenes.
Downside: the varied storylines highlight Pat’s totally different relationships, that begin to unnecessarily distract from wherever the film resonates the foremost, the event of his relationship with Louis Comfort Tiffany and Russell’s virtually random close-ups, that begin to require far from the flow of the story instead of boost it.
On the Side: Best well-known for his collaborations with Tim Burton, Danny Elfman takes somewhat of a departure here by making scored items that play to each the dramatic and a lot of humor-filled moments of a movie that’s terribly totally different from Burton’s a lot of eccentric worlds. Written by Irza
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Credited Cast
Director: David O. Russell
Writers: David O. Russell (screenplay), Matthew Quick (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro