Written January 26, 2015
My wife and I alternate choosing which movie to see - this was her turn.
However, I was more than pleasantly surprised. This was not an ordinary "chick-flick".
This movie was real - you could imagine the scenario playing out exactly as depicted - and the characters were super developed and "true to life".
The movie nailed the adult child moving back in to older parents as well as crazed football families and Italian households.
I love happy endings, and this movie did not disappoint!
Written December 28, 2014
De Niro's performance is outstanding -- one of the best from a consummate actor. The rest of the ensemble are excellent, overcoming the problem of an ending that's happier than real life.
An audience of professionals gave his credit line a standing o, well earned..
Written November 17, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook was well played and well directed. Initially I wasn't sure I wanted to enter the world of a bi-polar man--but it was skillfully done and ended up being well worthwhile.
Written August 22, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence continues to grow in front of our eyes....absolutely talented and exciting to watch. Bradley Cooper a surprise .... Played this role to perfection. The two of them together were perfect, acerbic chemistry. De Niro went back to some of his old acting talent and became the character that he needed to be. Exceptionally smart writing. Script even seemed improvisational, it flowed so easily and quirky like we actually speak in real life. Beginning a bit manic-y but it becomes apparent why as movie progresses. Will see it again!
Written December 26, 2014
Movie started out strong with a realistic portrayal of (severe) mental illness and its effects on family and friends, great writing, direction, and spot-on performances by Cooper and Lawrence. First 2/3 of the movie was well done and drew you in, enough to make you uncomfortable during certain scenes [excellent] .
But then..........somebody apparently decided it was too serious and changed the direction of the movie into a farce rom-com. ??? It went from an emotionally acurate account of two people with almost insurmountable bi-polar, depression, and anxiety issues to........ a dance competition to save dad's restaurant. Seriously. And Coopers character's bi-polar and manic issues magically disappeared without benefit of medication, therapy, or intervention.
Who knocked it out of the park in this movie? Jennifer Lawrence nailed it, due to her tremendous acting range and the fact that her character was written consistantly from beginning to end.