Silver Linings Playbook

  • 15
  • David O Russell (2012)
  • US
  • 117 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This beguilingly offbeat love story was adapted by idiosyncratic director David O Russell (The Fighter, American Hustle) from the debut novel by Matthew Quick. Bradley Cooper gives a career-changing performance as Pat, a bipolar divorcé returning to his larger-than-life suburban Philadelphia family after a spell in a mental health clinic. After a chance meeting, he partners up with Jennifer Lawrence's fellow neurotic Tiffany (also keenly played) to train hard for a dance competition that promises to prove therapeutic for them both. An accumulative betting subplot involving real-life team the Philadelphia Eagles, driven by Pat's roguish dad (Robert De Niro, in a rare autumnal role of substance), stokes the dramatic trajectory towards the ballroom-dance-off, which is much more surprising than your standard Hollywood ending, despite certain conventions. This is a genuinely unusual, bittersweet romance that also boasts some terrific choreography.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy drama starring Bradley Cooper and an Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence. Thirty-something Pat is discharged after a mandatory stay in a mental-health institution imposed on him after he assaulted his wife's lover. After moving back in with his parents, Pat continues to struggle with his bipolar disorder - a situation made worse by his refusal to take medication. When he meets young widow Tiffany, they form an uneasy friendship, despite Tiffany having problems of her own.

Cast and crew

Cast

Pat
Bradley Cooper
Tiffany
Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Pat Sr
Robert De Niro
Dolores
Jacki Weaver
Danny
Chris Tucker
Dr Cliff Patel
Anupam Kher
Ronnie
John Ortiz (1)
Jake
Shea Whigham
Veronica
Julia Stiles
Nikki
Brea Bee

Crew

Director
David O Russell

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Nov 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama