Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook isn’t quite a drama and isn’t quite a comedy, but what’s particularly masterful about the movie is the way it navigates the road between the two. Based on the novel by Matthew Quick, the film tells the story of a former teacher named Pat (Bradley Cooper) who is released from a mental institution after an 8 month stay and tries to earn back the affection of his ex-wife – but things get complicated when he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a beautiful young woman with a brain almost as damaged as his. But it’s more than a fucked up love story – it’s a wonderful examination of character and just how screwed up we all are.

Much like Russell’s The Fighter, which took home two Oscars for supporting it’s supporting actors, the real Academy draw of Silver Linings Playbook are the performances by the amazing ensemble the director was able to create. Lawrence proves that her turn in Winter’s Bone was no fluke, as she steals every scene of this movie, but there is a legitimate chance for all of the main characters to get nominations, including Robert De Niro, who it seems was just working to lower our expectations over the last decade so that we would be bowled over by his work here. Silver Linings Playbook is a must see, and if you don’t you’ll regret it come Oscar time.

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