Silver Linings Playbook

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

Although well received in the US, this strange, dark romantic comedy doesn't translate quite so well to the UK, where its queasy handling of mental illness for laughs might seem a poor substitute for genuine, character-based humour. Bradley Cooper stars as Pat, a teacher just released from hospital after an enforced eight-month stay for battering his unfaithful wife's lover. Pat returns to the suburban home of his parents (played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver), determined to believe that his marriage can be saved, and a developing friendship with a pal's similarly damaged sister-in-law (Jennifer Lawrence) inspires a plan that he thinks will make that happen. The tone of the film never really settles, lurching from warm realism to uncomfortable caricature and outright ghastly zaniness, but the cast performs well within such limitations: Cooper looks but never feels too sympathetic as the boy next door with a psychotic edge, while Lawrence flat-out nails it as the girl with brains as well as issues.

Plot Summary

A teacher is committed to a psychiatric institution after battering his wife's lover. Eight months later, he is released into the care of his parents and sets about rebuilding his ruined life, finding help in the shape of a woman with psychological issues of her own to resolve. Romantic comedy drama, starring an Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence, with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.

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

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