Written September 27, 2016
This movie was totally different from the book which I read last year and couldn't put down. But even though the movie story differed from the book, it was still good! I enjoyed seeng the local area where it was filmed -- Highland Park, Llanerch Diner, Lansdowne Avenue Business District. Also, my husband was an extra in the dance scene and we could actually see him in the Ben Franklin Ballroom. A very satisfying story -- Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Jackie Weaver and especially Jennifer Lawrence all deserve Oscar nominations. DeNiro was especially touching when he talked about missing out on young Pat's youth and wanting to connect with him now before it was too late -- I never saw DeNiro cry in a movie before. I'm still trying to figure out who Randy was, though!
Written February 01, 2015
We thought it was over-amplified and terribly irritating. The ending saves the movie, and Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful, but father and son were both too nuts to listen to for so long.
Written July 28, 2016
The body of the movie was good although Bradley Coopers role overplayed the OCD/Be open an honest post mental hospital role.
The romantic outcome with Tiffany was anticipated and could have been developed more with the relationships ultimate outcome, which everyone knew would be a better fit for both. But, Hollywood has a habit of keeping the dramatic intact longer than necessary and I for one would like to see hope and comfort arrive quicker in the movie, so the viewer could enjoy the movie more , not just stress from anticipation, thats what life is for. Finally, it would be great to see a better filmography in pre-movie credits so we dont have to guess and wonder where we say a specific actor. Overall an 8.
Written September 21, 2014
I expected a lot from this movie, reading about the Oscar buzz, having read the book, so I knew I was setting myself up for disappointment. None of that though, this movie was GREAT, capturing the balance between comedy and tragedy that movies seldom can but that feels instantly real.
The reason to see the movie is of course for the performances. Bradley Cooper surprises in a role very different for him. Jackie Weaver captures the role of his mother who is the family's rock while never really stepping out from the shadows. And it wouldn't be fair to say I'm surprised by Jennifer Lawrence because she has proven time and time again to be hugely talented, and this movie just confirms that. Her portrayal is layered and heartbreaking and honest, and I hope the buzz is right that she's getting a nomination for it because it's well-deserved.
A completely satisfying movie proving that great storytelling doesn't have to be desperately sad.
Written July 29, 2016
We liked the movie a lot! Bradley and Jennifer were amazing and perfectly cast in these parts, and it was SO FUN watching our neighborhood in a movie! If we hadn't read the book first we would have loved the movie more. The book was so rich in so many ways, and the movie watered it down and changed it a lot. But for all the liberties taken, it was a movie both men and women will enjoy, and my husband and I would definitely recommend.