Written July 29, 2016
I only decided to watch this movie after the very high critic scores and rotten tomato rating. I had no idea what is was about. Silver Linings Playbook is a glimpse into a world that many people struggle with everyday and many others have no idea exists. There's a lot of good crazy and sad crazy in this movie.
Bradley Cooper plays a character you root for but your not sure if the outcome will be positive. There are definitely some uncomfortable moments that may make you cringe in your seat. I'm glad I saw this well done depiction of an unconventional love story and personal triumph over the inner demons many with mental disorders face everyday.
A lot is to be said of the acting in this movie. A job well done to the cast!
Written December 03, 2016
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 June 28, 2016
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.
Written May 30, 2016
Didn't cry during "Lincoln." Didn't cry during "Argo." Didn't see Les Miz. Cried when Jennifer Lawrence heard Bradley Cooper tell her he loved her. Damn! That's a great movie!
Written May 31, 2016
I usually don't go to movies like this, but I went for one reason - Jennifer Lawrence; okay maybe two reasons - Bradley Cooper. I was not disappointed, I loved them both in this cleverly writen movie.
Roberto de Niro was wonderful too.