SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK struck me as a movie that was headed toward the same movie clichÃ (C) that other movies do, "guy with a disorder of some sort finds relevance and hope in a new person and everything is great" Sure, the guy is partially mentally sick and sure he finds hope and relevance in a new person; but its very well directed and told by director David O. Russell (THE FIGHTER)
Along with how good Mr. Russell made the film it is HEAVILY backed up strong performances from its main and supporting stars that include Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Deniro. Cooper and Lawrence are nominated for both Golden Globes and SAG awards in Best Actor in a comedy or musical and best actress in a musical or comedy, respectively while DeNiro is nominated for a Best Supporting Actor SAG award. Bradley plays Pat a bipolar diordered guy who is in shambles after losing his wife, he isnt very passive aggressive when his wife is mentioned, he gets angry and still thinks there may be a chance to get back with his wife.
Amidst this emotional and aggressive turmoil lies Pat's dad (DeNiro) who is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan and is always saying how DeSean Jackson is a dumb ass for not finishing his touchdowns. Pat Sr. has always been there for the oldest son (Shea Whigham) but is trying to reconnect with the troubled Pat Jr.
Along the way in reconnecting with his wife he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who will try to be the glue to Pat's emotional and aggressive issues. Tiffany is an interesting character theres something about her that conveys tragedy, hope, beauty, sadness and happiness all in one and Lawrence's performance should be recognized as a fine piece of acting. Ever since she debuted in THE WINTERS BONE and then followed it with X MEN FIRST CLASS and then HUNGER GAMES, she has a vast portrayal of characters.
As for Bradley Cooper, this is his best acting from any of his films, and the great DeNiro shows us that he still has enough great acting left in the tank, theres this memorable short scene that takes place in the attic with him and Cooper, and it just got to me. It's a small but heartfelt scene. Hell, there's even a Chris Tucker sighting, he plays Pat's friend Danny and Pat's psychologist Dr. Cliff Patel (Anupam Kher) was hilarious in that Eagles parking lot scene.
Overall this is a very good film worth watching. I enjoyed it very much, will Pat reconnect with his wife? Answers will be revealed, albeit predictable results but nonetheless great.