Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Critic Consensus: Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell's sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.
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Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks.
It's a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed, injecting it with the grit and emotion of realist drama rather than with amped-up whimsy or social satire or montages of people walking on the beach.
Silver Linings Playbook tells us that happily-ever-after may depend on finding people who coexist with our lunacy, not ones who can lead us out of it. In any case, it's crazy good.
A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.
Audience Reviews for Silver Linings Playbook
The feel-good movie of the year, so refreshing, captivating and openly anti-pessimistic, and it is not only well written and directed but works even better thanks to its great ensemble cast - especially Cooper and Lawrence, who have an amazing chemistry together.
I found 'Linings' an interesting movie with pros and cons. Pros: Dealing with mental illness - and hope for the future; interesting to see Lawrence in a role so different than Hunger Games. Cons: When I read the various comments and history of the film, it was nominated for so many Academy Awards? Really? Didn't seem that special.
Not gonna lie, my expectations for this film were not particularly high, despite of the numerous awards it received. But, boy, is this a fun ride. That's mostly thanks to the hilarious writing and outstanding acting. Especially Lawrence and Cooper fill their roles with so much life you can't help but fall for the mentally ill couple. I never would have thought a film about football, depression and dancing could be this engaging and easy-going, despite of the serious undertones. How Russell manages to turn that into a romantic comedy without the audience even noticing is a little wonder. A highly entertaining one.
Silver Linings Playbook Quotes
|Tiffany:||I used to think you were the best thing that happened, but now I think you might maybe be the worst thing.|
|Pat:||You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, you have a shot at a silver lining.|
|Pat:||The world's hard enough as it is. It's hard enough as it is. Can't somebody just be positive?|
|Tiffany:||You're not a standup guy today, Pat!|
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