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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…
Maybe David O'Russell's best film? This is a true gem that will make you laugh, make you cry, entertain you and leave you with a warm feeling and a smile on your face when it ends.
And the performances, my god are they good. Chris Tucker isn't annoying; Jacki Weaver is amazing; I never thought much of Bradley Cooper as an award winning actor but he comes pretty damn close here; Jennifer Lawrence is her usual amazing committed award winning self and she's damn sexy and cute and adorable; and Robert De Niro brings in perhaps only his second amazing (or even good) performance in 20 years.
What a nice movie this is...
Production Design: 9 out of 10
Entertaining film with great performances. Funny and sad and memorable.
I finally had a chance to see the blockbuster movie which grossed more than eleven times its budget! I understand why. It is a smooth running romantic comedy-drama made for masses - written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The cast adds a real flavour to this colourful mix of events, and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, and Julia Stiles in supporting roles, were adorable.
Cooper plays Patrizio "Pat" Solitano, and I enjoyed his portrayal of a man with bipolar disorder who is released from a psychiatric hospital and moves back in with his parents (De Niro and Weaver).…
This was an entertaining story exploring the complex relationships between characters who suffer from various mental health issues, notably bi-polar disorder. Bradley Cooper is great, but Jennifer Lawrence is phenomenal. By the film's third act, I had become emotionally invested in the two leads and found myself genuinely rooting for them.
This might ruffle some feathers, but this film was way too overhyped for me.
The performances are good, but I honestly didn't feel like it was any different from most *decent* rom-coms.
it's cute how the story goes on!
PERFECT. If you want to laugh, watch this. If you want to cry, watch this. If you want to be mad, watch this. If you want to be happy, watch this. If you want to watch a bad movie, that's the only thing this movie can't give you.
One of my favorite rom-coms because the the great characters and the great realistic take on the main characters
What we've got here is a charged update on the screwball comedy that Preston Sturges, Leo McCarey, and Gregory McCava so effortlessly established. You can't deny that Jennifer Lawrence is a refreshing breath of mystique and force in a modern Hollywood that doesn't place much emphasis on the personality. Back in the days of Sturges and McCarey, there was Irene Dunne and Marlene Dietrich and Claudette Colbert and Jean Arthur, wispy commediannes and dangerous seductresses who showed off their range in all of the movies they were in. No matter how many movies they starred in, you could never pin down what they stood for, exactly. Now we have a return to those glorious days in Jennifer Lawrence. Her outstanding…
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