Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

David O Russell (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 & Crew

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
Director David O Russell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Nov 2012
Drama Comedy