Do you like stories about people with psychiatric disorders? Are you tired of watching Mad Love over and over again to get your bipolar disorder film fix? Then I have a movie for you! Silver Linings Playbook follows Pat (Bradley Cooper) as he recovers from a mental breakdown that led to him losing his job and wife. Pat's bipolar disorder was treated in a psychiatric institution until his mother, Dolores (Jacki Weaver), took legal custody of him. Now, Pat is living at home with his parents until he can convince his estranged wife that he has changed enough for her to take him back.
|"That sounds like a pretty terrible plan"|
|Considering that wearing garbage is something he's okay with, that could take some work|
|The age difference doesn't bother anyone else? Nobody?|
The acting in Silver Linings Playbook is universally good. I'm not a fan of Bradley Cooper, but he played his bipolar character convincingly and I didn't feel pandered or preached to. I didn't like his character --- everything from his motives, to the way he reacted to his parents, to his emotional triggers annoyed me --- but none of that his the fault of the actor. This is easily the best work I have seen from Cooper to date.
|You don't think Bradley Cooper can carry a prestige picture, do you?|
|"I didn't think it was possible either"|
David O. Russell directed the film and adapted the screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook. He obviously did a good job with the actors, even if you ignore all the accolades the cast received. Just getting DeNiro to wake up and act in a film these days shows impressive pull with a cast, and turning Bradley Cooper into a viable lead character was equally impressive.
|*** cue sheepish grin ***|
It would have been nice if the plot was surprising at all. This isn't necessarily as formulaic as your typical rom-com, but it's not far off. For a script that could occasionally be very witty, the plot was pretty conventional.
|A romantic movie with a diner scene. How novel.|