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Silver Linings Playbook

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2012
  • David O Russell
  • 117 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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PatBradley Cooper
TiffanyJennifer Lawrence (2)
Pat SrRobert De Niro
DoloresJacki Weaver
DannyChris Tucker
Dr Cliff PatelAnupam Kher
RonnieJohn Ortiz (1)
JakeShea Whigham
VeronicaJulia Stiles
NikkiBrea Bee

Crew

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DirectorDavid O Russell

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2012-11-16
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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