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Silver Linings Playbook
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After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?
The film I saw was bland and boring. I checked my watch when I found myself engaged: it was 8:50. The film started at 7pm.
So I had plenty of time to just kind of watch the film go by and notice stuff. I imagined the checklist of things…
What a triumph. Worthy of all the praise it has been getting and then some.
I was baffled by how moved I was by this film. I generally do not like this type of 'boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love against all odds' storyline. And even though this is essentially just that, there is so much more to it.
This is a character driven piece and we are given a host of superbly written protagonists, who are for the better part of the film, their own antagonists. It is their nature that makes this film so intriguing and the slowly developing relationships and character arcs so compelling and refreshingly original. These are not characters easy to identify…
I can’t remember the last time I was quite so apathetic towards a film.
David O. Russell’s awards bothering movie is perfectly decent, but is it anything more than that? For me the answer is a disappointing no. It’s easy to see why it attracted such attention during awards season as it deals with mental illness (a voter’s favourite) whilst wrapping it up in the safe comforting embrace of a feel-good romantic-drama. Even the loud, showy performances seem carefully engineered to play into the hands of voters.
Despite the spiky central relationship between the bipolar Pat and depressed slutty widow, Tiffany, this is a crushingly conventional story that never strays from the well worn romantic-comedy formula. Whilst it might subvert…
Love can make us all a little crazy.
Unless you're already a little crazy.
In that case, maybe love provides a bit of a silver lining, and we can all use a bit of that now can't we?
God, I loved this film. I loved everything about it. Everything was just so right on the nose from the performances to the writing to the atmosphere to the soundtrack to...I just loved it. Just blew me away.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence both did a tremendous job in their roles, especially Lawrence who I'm really pulling for to win that Oscar. You feel every single emotion they display from the looks they give and they way they speak alone. Together they…
No film this year took me by bigger surprise than Silver Linings Playbook, a dazzling romantic comedy featuring the type of dysfunctional people that reside in David O. Russell's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Not since Three Kings and Flirting With Disaster has he been so in tune with his strengths, and it resulted in what might be his crowning achievement.
As much as both The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees are enormously appreciated by most people, I found each of them highly uneven and severely overrated. No doubt they have good things about them, but they definitely lack that vintage Russell feel that his earlier work possesses. Being that he hasn't made a film I have liked since 1999, it's…
"I was a slut. There will always be a part of me that is dirty and sloppy, but I like that, just like all the other parts of myself. I can forgive. Can you say the same for yourself, fucker? Can you forgive? Are you capable of that?"
If you are thinking of making a romantic comedy, I beg you, I Implore you please watch Silver Linings Playbook, pay attention, and take notes. If you do that and make a film even half as good as this you'll have a quality film on your hands.
I gotta say I was blown away by this film. It'll be called a rom-com but I think it's more specifically a romantic…
Love this movie. It was my favorite of 2012 for a variety of reasons - the association of mental illness with the NFL is something I identify with to an alarming degree - but it's the chemistry between the two leads that makes it so remarkable. Part of its charm for me is that it connects on such a personal level, especially between Pat and his father and their bizarre love of a team.
I get it. Unsurprisingly, it's one of father's favorite movies and he's a fairly grumpy, fairly old man. So there's that.
I liked it. I'm not sure if it was fighting the stigma of mental illness or not. I'm not sure about anything. I did enjoy their unique relationship and how they frustrated each other first. I like when people find each other in times of hardship or when life may not be going perfectly but maybe it can be the perfect time for a friend who you can be your absolute truest self with. Jennifer Lawrence is so talented and I feel like BCoop has been in everything lately.
In "Silver Linings Playbook," Pat(Bradley Cooper) has a violent reaction to and nervous breakdown due to finding his wife Nikki(Brea Bee) in the shower with another man. So, the restraining order is kind of academic as long as Pat is in a mental hospital in Baltimore. Back home in Philadelphia where he stays with his parents(Jacki Weaver & Robert De Niro), it is another matter, as Pat still gets angry, especially when he hears his wedding song and reads Ernest Hemingway. Regardless, his friends Ronnie(John Ortiz) and Veronica(Julia Stiles) invite him over to have dinner, while also inviting Veronica's sister Tiffany(Jennifer Lawrence), whose husband just died, and like Pat, also likes to jog.
Of David O. Russell's recent stops at Dysfunction…
A tragic little fucked up love story with a happy ending! Found a lot of the football talk confusing but it did make me want to support the eagles!
2.75 stars, but only because of Jennifer Lawrence ;-)
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence two people I tend to love in movies, so put them together and it already seems like a good idea. This movie is full of weird quirks, and an interesting portrayal of someone fighting their own personal mental illness, whatever it may be. It leads you on a series of ups and downs and "maybe this movie isn't for me"s, but it's worth it in the end, when it all culminates.
I can't help but think I may have liked this movie more had I not read the novel beforehand.
Beautiful story, entertaining and very well executed.
I had a feeling I could avoid this and I did avoid it for quite some time... but then I told myself “How can I be sure I can avoid it, if I keep avoiding it?” So, It was only by not avoiding it, that I became completely confident that I easily could have avoided it.
Silver Linings Playedtricksonmyinstinctsbook.
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