Silver Linings Playbook (2013)
Silver Linings Playbook is a film by David O. Russell about a man name Pat (Bradley Cooper) who is trying to readjust to life at home after a stint in a mental hospital. Pat is determined to be the best version of himself that he can be in order to fix his destroyed marriage. After some difficult time adjusting with his parent (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver), Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) an equally disturbed widow, who is preparing to compete in a dance competition. Both Pat and Tiffany seek to help the other in overcoming their mental obstacles, and find console in each others company.
I really enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook. The romantic-comedy genre is rarely given any respectable effort, and when it is, the results are really effective. The film benefited so much from being so non-traditional, and the two leads Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are fantastic. Bradley Coopers portrayal of Pat in particular, has so much depth, and is the perfect lead to give handle such an emotional character. Jennifer Lawrence does a great job of constantly making me feel uneasy, which was exactly her intention. Both actors added a much needed sense of unpredictable which the Romantic Comedy genre (though this is more of a Romantic-Dramedy). Overall, Silver Linings had an intriguing story, awesome performances, and was overall a fantastic film with unique twist on a genre that is so determined to pander to it’s main demographic.