Flixster states that "Silver Linings Playbook"'s genre is comedy. You sure?
Let me break it down for you: "Silver Linings Playbook" is essentially two different movies put into one. The first part is a very convincing heartbreaking drama with two very troubled individuals (Bradley Cooper as Pat and Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany) with very troubling pasts. These pasts have left these people so scarred that the pain has managed to physically manifest into real-world mental diseases. Furthermore, Pat and Tiffany try to find their healing and place in a world that doesn't seem to have enough room for their problems. It's a raw, real, and a shocking and personal look into these character's lives. I take that back -- characters they're not; these characters are people. That's how effective "Silver Linings Playbook"'s storytelling is. High praises to the writer and director for portraying such eccentric characters in such a realistic, non-Hollywoodized manner that is both stylish and entertaining to watch unfold. In other words, this ain't a one-dimensional characterized movie like "Spider-Man" was with its characters. But perhaps what is the most commendable part about this first part of the movie is how it's directed to a close perfection as the pacing flows with no uneven steps. As these characters try to re-Cooper-ate (sorry, too easy) and find their placing in the world, essentially the second part of the film unfolds seamlessly into a romance.
Uh oh. From a dark, raw drama to a romance? This may turn out to be like Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" (Watch it if you haven't seen it. Incredible first 2 acts with a jarringly horrible 3rd act that almost destroyed the integrity of the movie.). I proudly proclaim "Silver Linings" doesn't fall into that pit. Still doesn't mean that the second half is identical to the first. This part of the film doesn't dodge and weave around cliche's like the first half did, but by now, the film has grasped your attention so vigorously that you're ready for whatever the film will throw at you. And it's not even like "Silver Linings" had such a convincing first half that even if the second half was dreadfully awful, that you would be thoroughly enjoyed. The same level of craftsmanship that was poured out into the first half is found in the second, just that it might not be as unique as the first half. But hey, what a romance it is. You're gonna find cliche's, but it's just too entertaining, and it's not even like the cliche's were rampant. But what made the romance so unique from the rest of the pact is how it was fueled by the realistic emotions for the characters, not by invoking warm-fuzzy feelings to audiences so that it makes them giggle like a school-girl. So by now I could see how with romance, there could be comedy injected in, and there was, but not enough to solidly claim it as a rom-com; this is a drama with romance. Just because "The Dark Knight" had a few chuckles here and there, you wouldn't call it a comedy, would you? Yeah, I thought so. That's all that "Silver Linings Playbook had -- chuckles.
As a full package, "Silver Linings Playbook" has it all: incredible performances (De Niro's best role in yeeeeeeeeeeears), entertaining dialogue, superb directing and editing, and a narrative that is all but average. From beginning to end, first half to second half, the film is an enthralling motion picture due to the impeccably told narrative. "Silver Linings Playbook" is this year's "Slumdog Millionaire".