Even through the edgy subtext of the main character learning to function with bipolar disorder, Silver Linings Playbook has that timeless romantic appeal that ingratiates itself with the viewing audience.
Silver Linings Playbook has witnessed a recent boon at the box office and according to IMDB.com is currently the third highest grossing film for the week of January 27, 2013. The film's recent performance at the box office is noteworthy and a testament to its growing appeal considering it was released in November of 2012.
At first blush, with its jerky scene transitions, the film has the immediate feel of many an independent film, but then miraculously it quickly smoothes out and continues to skillfully apply the polish until its triumphant end.
Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Limitless) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Winter’s Bone) are outstanding in their roles as Pat and Tiffany, two struggling souls enduring through their own personal afflictions in search of a better tomorrow.
Pat, who has recently been released after spending eight months in a mental institution, finds himself crossing paths with Tiffany, his best friend’s wife’s sister who has recently lost her husband. Through each other the unlikely friends learn to identify their own strengths and weaknesses in an effort to achieve balance within their lives.
The slice-of-life backdrop puts the hometown sports loving culture of Philadelphia directly on display as family time during football season is planned around Sundays and supporting the Philadelphia Eagles.
The supporting cast featuring Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, and Julia Stiles qualifies the depth of acting talent within the film, with each portraying their own quirky character and adding to the film’s unique love story.
Captivating, heartwarming, and endearing, Silver Linings Playbook offers a refreshingly edgy yet rewarding feel-good experience and is a date night must.