Written July 26, 2016
Do not be tempted to avoid this film like most Rom-Coms in theaters. The trailer is a disservice the the movie itself. It's quite entertaining, and does something that many rom-coms don't succeed at: being grounded in reality. All the main characters are either living with a mental disorder or dealing with those around it. It brilliantly addresses this in the first half without bashing you over the head about it. By far this is the best I've seen all the actors/actresses in a while especially for Robert DeNiro and Chris Tucker, the two have delivered their best performances in a long time. Now the plot line is somewhat predictable, but in this case you actually don't mind it for the fact how innate Cooper and Lawrence are to their respective roles. It is already gaining buzz to be a top choice for the Oscars and after seeing it I completely understand why.
Written April 23, 2017
This movie made me happy. It was touching, unexpectedly funny and it had heart. The cast did an amazing job and it definitely deserves all the Oscar buzz it's been getting.
Written July 26, 2016
Brad Cooper gets major points for the role he played! Great all around movie! I laughed and shed tears of of joy at times. The movie never dragged and kept me entertained the entire 2 hours. I highly recommend this wonderful movie to anyone looking to escape for two hours and be thoroughly entertained! Great date movie!
Written February 23, 2017
Two thumbs up!! A packed house in King Of Prussia laughed, cried, and cheered to this emotionally packed, well written, and superbly acted film. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence gave performances of a lifetime. Robert DeNiro was masterful in a supporting role. This story has a raw edge with little sugar coating. It's gritty. It's real. And it's a treat!! I've seen lots of films this year and Silver Lining Playbook sits with Argo and The Sessions as some of our favorite films of 2012.
Written October 23, 2016
The book, like most books movies are based on, is way better. The movie could never live up to the book because the book spends a whole lot of time inside Pat's head. And that's actually a good thing. The movie has to deviate from the book in order to capture any of the book's spirit. The movie captured Pat and Tiffany's personalities. Unfortunately, the other characters don't fare so well, especially Nikki, who we get to know real well in the book.The movie does NOT capture the utter devastation Pat's mental illness has wrought on his life. In the book, Pat was in the institution for FOUR YEARS, not 8 months. His mother gets him out because he's showing no improvement, and brings him home to see Dr Patel, who is the best Doc in Philly. Pat THINKS he's only been in the facility of 8 months. The move DOES do a good job of making you like Pat as he tries to make himself a better person, even when he fails. And the actors do their jobs fine.