Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Life Of Pi, Hitchcock & Silver Linings Playbook

By Kristy Puchko 2012-11-16 21:03:24discussion comments
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Silver Linings Playbook
In David O. Russell's latest dark comedy, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star as a two people who are a bit broken, a bit deranged, but might just be perfect for each other. Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker co-star.

Sometimes love is crazy; sometimes people in love are crazy. Sometimes it's both. If you're enchanted by tales of love that are bit offbeat, then you'll appreciate these odd yet endearing couples.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Adam Sandler in an uncharacteristic dramatic role here, playing Barry, a seemingly mild-mannered man who is prone to incredible bursts of rage. But this hapless bathroom supply salesman believes he's found a chance at happiness when he meets the lovely Lena. To win her heart, he attempts to coupon his way to Hawaii, but a blackmailing phone sex operation makes things complicated. Emily Watson and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star; Paul Thomas Anderson writes and directs.

The Vicious Kind (2009) Fitting for the holiday season, this deeply dark comedy centers on the Thanksgiving coming together of a deeply dysfunctional family. Adam Scott stars as the disturbed Caleb Sinclaire, who mourns his mother, loathes his father, and tries to do right by his younger brother buy scaring off the college girlfriend he brought home to meet what remains of the fractured family. But rather than scare her off, Caleb sparks an unexpected attraction. Brittany Snow, Alex Frost and J.K. Simmons co-star; Lee Toland Krieger writes and directs.

Griff the Invisible (2010) For something lighter, check out this quirky rom-com out of Australia. True Blood's Ryan Kwanten stars as Griff, By day, he's a meek pencil pusher, but by night he's a self-styled superhero self-appointed to keep his city's streets safe! As a dreamer determined to devise an invisibility suit for his alter ego, Griff catches the eye of Melody, who aspires to walk through walls. It's a weird and wonderful romance about how love can inspire us to greatness. Maeve Dermody co-stars; Leon Ford directs.
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