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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…
Jennifer Lawrence: I'm crazy.
Bradley Cooper: Nooooo, I'm crazy.
Jennifer Lawrence: I'm crazier.
Bradley Cooper: Nooooo, I'm crazier.
Jennifer Lawrence: I want to win an Oscar.
Bradley Cooper: Nooooo, I want to win an Oscar.
Robert De Niro: Don't forget about me! I care about acting again!
122 minutes. 122 minutes of this. That's 122 minutes too long.
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…
Crazy but cool :)
Besides not being a fan of O'Russell and thinking JLaw is overplayed, this film is amazing for its script. It's a gem, and Bradley cooper shines like no other in this.
I love the ending. As happy endings go, it's tops, but I can't help wonder what would happen to Tiffany if she had left the dance competition and no one went running after her. Of course this wouldn't happen, because it's Jennifer S. Lawrence for heaven's sake, but what if? She puts herself out on a limb, manipulates a little and basically gives it her all, to accomplish her goal, stay near the man she loves and to help heal herself, but if it doesn't all work out the way she wishes, where does she go from there? Part of me wants to follow this path and find out how she moves on past this next casualty in her…
I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. David O. Russell films often leave me feeling a little bit off, and with the combination mental health and football fan angles in this one, I was afraid it would be overly simplistic and/or maudlin and/or too sports-related. It's actually a very enjoyable, old-fashioned romantic comedy/drama, very well balanced between the main character's attempts to get healthy and his budding romance.
I've liked Bradley Cooper since Alias days, so I'm glad he's getting some great parts like this and recognition for them. And he's very good as a bipolar guy just getting out of the hospital, moving back in with his parents, and trying to figure out how to reconnect with his…
Saw this this year, can't remember exact date but it was a GREAT movie. Loved the whole story. Need to watch it again. Love Bradly Cooper. I would watch it again in a heartbeat.
One of the most scattershot and obnoxious depictions of mental illness I've ever seen, especially in a movie so widely praised for depicting mental illness sensitively and accurately. Bonus: Also has an obnoxious and shoehorned-in dance scenes.
Question: Why are movies about mental illness, or more accurately about experiencing and weathering mental illness, so resistant to naming their characters' diagnoses? (I'm thinking specifically of J-Law's character here.) Oh, right, because then the screenwriter and director can shove in random symptoms of random duration and offer random cures or treatments predicated foremost upon dramatic necessity.
white people are so GODDAMN ANNOYING
Damn. Jennifer Lawrence really deserved that Oscar. Wow.
Jennifer Lawrence got all the attention (and the Oscar), but I have to say, Bradley Cooper is the one who really amazes me here. I'd been watching him for 11 years when this movie came out, and I never knew he had this caliber of performance in him. It's such a wonderfully honest and sensitive portrayal of bipolar disorder.
I feel like this movie gets a lot of shit from people for being a romantic comedy (which I frankly don't understand at all), and they sell short the psychological aspect of it. This is actually not a film that uses mental illness as some kind of cutesy quirk. It's truthful to real struggles that bipolars and their loved ones often…
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